• Image detail: Valerie Taylor, Ship wreck from 'Melody the mermaid series, watercolour and ink on paper




Friday, 22 March 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, 28 April 2019 - 5:00pm

Valerie Taylor is recognised around the world as a pioneer ocean explorer, marine conservationist, cinematographer, photographer and author. Less well-known is her first career as an illustrator and cartoonist. For this exhibition, the words and paintings of ‘Melody the Mermaid: Adventures in the Kingdoms of the Sea’ leap onto the gallery walls and take you on a literary and visual journey through the exhibition space and story.

Opening night
Friday 22 March, 6 - 8pm

In conversation
Sunday 31 March, 3 - 4pm
Meet Valerie Taylor and hear about her extraordinary life, ‘in conversation’ with Katherine Roberts.

Book reading
Sunday 7 April, 10 – 11am
Sit, relax and listen to the story of Melody the Mermaid being read aloud in the gallery space, surrounded by the original illustrations. On your way out, borrow a marine or mermaid book from the pop-up library van in the courtyard.

Contact information

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Art Gallery Staff
9976 1421


Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade Reserve
Manly NSW 2095
Map of Valerie Taylor - Artist, Author and Marine Conservationist

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