Big Voices Children’s Art Matters

Free exhibition
Coming Soon
Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4

Big Voices celebrates the power of children to express themselves through art and features paintings and drawings from the renowned Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children’s Art Archive.

Showcasing beautiful and thought-provoking artwork by children from Queensland, Vietnam and China, Big Voices takes you on a  journey into these young artist's worlds, to see how they view themselves, their lives, their rights and their futures.

Children's art is powerful. It gives voice to children's knowledge and experience of their world. To have your voice heard is a human right.


Oral history

An oral history that captures the contribution of researcher, teacher and founder-collector of the Children’s Art Archive, Dr. Barbara Piscitelli AM. 

Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM

In 1986, Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM founded the Children's Art Archive when she began using art to talk with children about their worlds, their futures and their rights. Since that time, she has systematically collected and documented over 2,000 children's artworks from urban and rural Australia, China and Vietnam.

The Children's Art Achieve was donated to State Library in 2015 to continue this commitment to collect and preserve children's works.

Order a children’s book or souvenir

The Library Shop stocks a range of children’s books and souvenirs available online.

"Children have the right to share freely with others what they learn, think and feel, by talking, drawing, writing..."

— Convention on the Rights of the Child