Midsumma at the Library: Our Family Portrait


Image: by Mia Mala McDonald

Once in a Lullaby, a portrait of Australian rainbow families is a new book by Melbourne artist Mia Mala McDonald who photographed rainbow families from the east coast of the country and captured personal stories of what it means to be a family.

View an installation of Mia’s photography in the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter over the two weeks of Midsumma.

You’ll also have a chance to continue Mia’s project and add your own image to the display! Get crafty and create your own family portrait to hang in this special installation.

Perfect for kids aged 3-12.

Presented by Midsumma Festival and State Library Victoria and supported by Rainbow Families.

Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter, supported by Gandel Foundation, is a purpose-built space for children and families to read, learn and play, with an associated program of activities.

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Dates & Times

WHEN 22 Jan-4 Feb | Daily 10am-6pm
INFO Find out more at slv.vic.gov.au/midsumma


FREE Free event, but booking is required


State Library Victoria

328 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD

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Melbourne Central


Any Swanston St tram to stop 8 (Melbourne Central Station)

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Perfect for kids aged 3-12.

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