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HOT: Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, 350 Dunns Road, Mornington

lynley dodd exhibition mornington

Most parents and kids will be familiar with the work of New Zealand born children’s author and illustrator Lynley Dodd ‘Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s dairy….’. Over five million Hairy Maclary books have been sold worldwide, doctor dosage with over nine million Dodd books sold overall.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is the only Victorian gallery (and only one of four galleries in Australia) showing Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective. The exhibition is on tour from Tauranga Art Gallery in New Zealand.

lynley dodd exhibition mornington

The exhibition covers over 50 years of Lynley Dodds’ work, cure from her art school sketches to preliminary drawings of the dishevelled Hairy Maclary and the colour originals from her popular children’s books. The illustrations from her latest book, there Slinky Malinki, Early Bird, also feature in the retrospective.

lynley dodd exhibition mornington

The exhibition covers two rooms and there are copies of various Lynley Dodd books available for people to look at in the reading area.

lynley dodd exhibition mornington

The most popular part of the exhibition for Lady and Baby 2.0 was the iPad mounted with an interactive version of Hairy Maclary with fun sound effects and David Tennant (ex-Dr Who) reading the text in his Scottish brogue.

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lynley dodd exhibition mornington

It was also the only item (other than the kids books) which were at children’s height so I think the exhibition could have been improved with some directed towards kids explaining the works or posing questions to them.

lynley dodd exhibition mornington

We chose to visit Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery on the day they held their monthly Young at Art program for under 5s. For an hour the kids were entertained with singing and jokes and then directed to do a simple art activity afterwards. Young at Art costs $5 per child (carers free) and no bookings are required.

lynley dodd exhibition mornington

We had intended to eat at the gallery but didn’t realise that the cafe was a very small, basic affair. One of the gallery attendants recommended Blackbird Cafe in the town centre of Mornington, which turned out to be a great child-friendly choice. They had high chairs, a kids menu (they specialise in Turkish food but the kids menu is pretty standard), activities and were very accommodating towards us despite the inside area being quite tightly spaced.

blackbird cafe mornington

Note that all their cakes, quiches, slices and cookies are made on site. A bonus was the small public play area just outside the cafe.

blackbird cafe mornington

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective closes on Sunday 21 September, the first weekend of the school holidays. Make a half-day or day trip of it and enjoy the beachside feel of the Mornington Peninsula.

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery , Civic Reserve, 350 Dunns Road (corner of Mornington-Tyabb Road and Dunns Road) Mornington 03 5975 4395

1 August – 21 September 2014

Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am–5pm (last admission 4.45pm)

Adult $4 Student/Concession/Senior/NGV members $2

MPRG members and children under 5 free

Blackbird Cafe, 2B Empire St, Mornington (03) 5976 8632

Mon – Thu, Sun: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 7:00am till late

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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  1. Hi Joyce! I have never seen myself and my son (or our backs, at least) in a photo on someone else’s blog before! Thanks for being a big highlight in my day! If only I had known you were also at the Kids Art Day, it would have been lovely to have met you in person.

    And thank you also for such a great blog. Your what-to-do posts really help me make my stay-at-home-Dadding more fun for the munchkin. You even inspired me to type up a couple of reviews from a Dad perspective.

    All the best!

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