Shaun Tan: Rules of summer

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About the event

Rules of Summer features a set of original paintings from Shaun Tan made for the picture book of the same title. The exhibition explores the friendship of two young boys as it is challenged by many difficult and irrational situations, each one a metaphor for familiar childhood experiences.


The story is little more than a list of mysterious rules, ‘Never step on a snail’, ‘Never leave the back door open overnight’ or ‘Never leave a red sock on the clothesline’. As each rule is broken – not always by accident – surprising consequences ensue and audiences are invited to decide for themselves what is really happening, and why.


The Rules of Summer touring exhibition is a unique collection of rarely seen original works from Shaun Tan, including working drawings and artist’s notes from this dynamic and enchanting series.


Rule of Summer is An ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition. www.artonthemove.art


ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.


The Act-Belong-Commit Engagement Program presented by ART ON THE MOVE is funded by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message.


Image Credit: Shaun Tan, ‘Grasslands’ (front cover), 2012. Courtesy the artist.

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