Come and see your favourite MR. MEN™ & LITTLE MISS™ characters in a whole new light when ‘Redrawn: Celebrating 45 years of MR. MEN™ & LITTLE MISS™’ opens at Wollongong Central.
In 1971, Mr. Tickle was the first book in the now-famous MR. MEN™ series, written and illustrated by Englishman Roger Hargreaves. The story was inspired by a question from his son, Adam Hargreaves, who at the age of six asked his father what a tickle would look like. This question gave birth to countless MR. MEN™ character ideas, and in 1981, the LITTLE MISS™ world was also born. To date, a total of 80+ characters have been featured.
In 2017, the series has gained universal respect and popularity – the simple stories, bright colours and boldly drawn illustrations have seen them reach sales of over $100 million across 28 countries.
To celebrate 45 years of this remarkable universe of diverse characters, artists from Australia and overseas have created their own versions of these iconic characters to feature in a special exhibition at Wollongong Central.
Curated by Eddie Zammit, and presented by aMBUSH Gallery, Wollongong Central and T-world, the exhibition will provide viewers with a unique insight into the world of the artist, as merged with that of the MR. MEN™ or LITTLE MISS™ character assigned to them. This is the first time permission has been given for the characters to be reinterpreted based on the individual styles of the featured artists, including 123KLAN (Mr. Chatterbox), Ben Brown (Mr. Strong), Bei Badgirl (Little Miss Hug), Jeremyville (Mr. Happy) and Meggs (Mr. Messy), amongst others.
All the generations will delight in ‘Redrawn: Celebrating 45 Years of MR. MEN™ & LITTLE MISS™’, which opens on Saturday 18 February on Level 2 and 3 of the Gateway building, which is part of Wollongong Central’s major redevelopment.
Included in the exhibition is a MR. MEN™ & LITTLE MISS™ ‘experience room’ on Level 3 that will include memorabilia, as well as screenings of original episodes of the TV series, plus more.
The exhibition will be open to the public throughout February, March and April, (including the Easter school holidays), is free of charge and open daily during centre trading hours.
– Wollongong Central, 200 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500