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Van T. Rudd Van T. Rudd i(9602691 works by) (a.k.a. Van Thanh Rudd)
Born: Established: 1973 Nambour, Nambour area, Nambour - Palmwoods - Yandina area, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, South East Queensland, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
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Artist and activist Van T. Rudd has created controversy through some of his artwork due to their left-wing political content. Now a member of Socialist Alternative, he was formerly a member of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and for which he contested the seat of Lalor in the 2010 federal election against Prime Minister Julia Gillard (later the focus of the exhibition Van Rudd vis Julia Gillard (2011), for which he won the NAVA Ignition Award).

In 2016, he released his first picture book, The Patchwork Bike, for which he illustrated Maxine Beneba Clarke's text.

Rudd studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, RMIT University, and Griffith University.

Most Referenced Works


  • Van Rudd is the nephew of former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Patchwork Bike Sydney : Lothian , 2016 9602708 2016 single work picture book children's

'What's the best fun in the whole village? Riding the patchwork bike we made! A joyous picture book for children by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke.

'When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a numberplate from bark, if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpity-bump over sandhills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.

'A delightful story from multi-award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, beautifully illustrated by street artist Van T Rudd.' (Publication summary)

2019 winner International Awards Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Picture book category
2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2017 Honour book CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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