Media releases

View current and recent media releases from the State Library. For more information about any of these stories or about earlier releases, please contact Marketing and Communications on +61 7 3842 9847 or by email to communications@slq.qld.gov.au.

 

27 Jan 2016

Funding to discover Queensland’s past

Funding to discover Queensland’s past

Researchers are encouraged to explore Queensland’s rich history with the support of State Library of Queensland (SLQ) fellowships.

Applications are now open nationwide for seven fellowships totalling $100,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Memory Awards help to ensure Queensland’s rich history reaching back more than 40,000 years is discovered and available for all to share.

“There are endless stories to be shared about Queensland’s heritage, culture, places and experiences and this initiative will help reveal those untold stories,” Ms Enoch said.
“Queensland has a diverse and vibrant heritage that needs to be discovered, promoted and shared with others. The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be supporting these seven awards and leading the way for the creation of new knowledge about our state’s history.”

The Queensland Memory Awards comprise:

John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000 plus 12 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – awarded to support a research project that uses the resources of the John Oxley Library.

Letty Katts Award ($5,000 plus 3 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – provides the opportunity for a musician, composer, scholar or researcher to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study for three months, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history.
The John Oxley Library Fellowship and Letty Katts Award are supported by the Queensland Library Foundation.

Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000 plus 6 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – awarded to support a research project that contributes to new knowledge of Queensland’s economic and/or business history.
This fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between SLQ, The Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a new generation, four fellowships ($15,000 each plus 12 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – to recognise and encourage new research and interpretations about Queensland’s involvement in the First World War.

The State Library is hosting a SLQ Fellowship Information and Showcase Night on the Thursday 3 March.

Applications for all Fellowships and the Award open Wednesday 27 January and will close Thursday 31 March 2016.

To submit an application, or for more information on any of the Queensland Memory Award/Fellowships, please visit slq.qld.gov.au.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 9 June during Queensland Week at the annual Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony.

For further media information and images please contact:
Cinnamon Watson / 0432 21 643 / cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

22 Jan 2016

Brisbane to host inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum

Brisbane to host inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum

Leading architects from across the globe will gather in Brisbane from 1–14 March for the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF), an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The two week forum will include a range of events including exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops and a symposium, which will engage architecture enthusiasts, professionals, educators and students alike.

Acting Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Mark Bailey said the APAF will showcase the diversity of the countries, cities and people of the Asia Pacific and reflect on the way new world cities are responding to the opportunities and challenges of the Asian century.

“The forum will bring together leading architects from across the Asia Pacific region to share ideas, learn and innovate in the area of our built environment,” Mr Bailey said.

“This exciting event will allow people of all ages to get involved with workshops including a free Little Designers architecture workshop for children aged four to eight and a free Design Minds UQ Future Indigenous Architects workshop. For those who have young budding architects and designers in the family, the Little Designers workshop is an opportunity to nurture that creative side and introduce young minds to design and architecture through play.”

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the APAF will promote architecture’s pivotal role in the culture, sustainability and economy of the region.

“State Library, through the Asia Pacific Design Library, is delighted to be able to partner with Architecture Media to deliver this dynamic program of exhibitions and events, that will include work by architects based in Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, India, New Zealand, the UAE and Australia,” Mrs Cooper said.

“The Asia Pacific region is an exciting place in terms of creativity and growth, and we’re excited to showcase some of the most innovative architectural projects and practices, and inspire discussion about architecture’s role in the region.”

Architecture Media’s Editorial Director Cameron Bruhn said architects across the world are responding to the largest wave of urban growth in history.

“The rapid growth of Asian Pacific cities is creating unprecedented environmental, social and economic challenges for the region. The APAF will explore the way architects are addressing these demands, creating resilient new world cities,” Mr Bruhn said.

Highlights of the Forum include: Design Minds Lumifold Workshop; the Design Minds UQ Future Indigenous Architects Workshop, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s fourth iteration of Fugitive Structures, designed by award-winning Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia, which aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment; a free Little Designers architecture workshop; the ArchitectureAP Symposium, a one day conference with internationally renowned keynote speakers; Living in the city: New architecture from Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific, a Museum of Brisbane exhibition featuring models of unbuilt work by architects from Queensland and Brisbane’s Asia Pacific sister cities; and the UQ Architecture lecture series, featuring leading local, national and internal architects.

The forum is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland; presenting partners Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN, and Museum of Brisbane; event partners University of Queensland School of Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects, and Artisan; in association with QAGOMA — 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and Maison & Objet Asia.

Further events may be announced. For more information including the full program and booking details, visit aparchitectureforum.com

Media enquiries
Cinnamon Watson, Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

Asia Pacific Architecture Forum – events summary

APAF opening night drinks
1 Mar, 5.30pm–6.30pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings required

UQ Architecture lecture series
1 & 8 Mar, 6.30pm–8pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings required

Fugitives Structures 2016: An installation by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
1 Mar — 15 May | State Library of Queensland | Free

Living in the City: New architecture in Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific (exhibition)
19 Feb — 22 May, 10am–5pm | Museum of Brisbane | Free

Vokes & Peters Detail & Manner exhibition
1 Mar — 9 Apr, Tues–Fri 10.30am–5.30pm, Sat 10am–4pm | Artisan Gallery | Free

ArchitectureAP Symposium
4 Mar, 9am–5pm | State Library of Queensland | From $400, bookings required

Design Minds Lumifold workshops
7–9 Mar, 5pm–8pm | State Library of Queensland | $30, bookings required

Design Minds UQ Future Indigenous Architects workshop
14 Mar, 11am–6.30pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings required

Little Designers: architecture workshop
6 & 13 Mar, 1pm–2pm & 3pm–4pm | State Library of Queensland | For ages 4–8 | Free, bookings required

8 Jan 2016

Aspiring Indigenous writers to vie for $10,000 fellowships

Aspiring Indigenous writers to vie for $10,000 fellowships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers hoping to have their manuscripts published have the chance to win $10,000 prize money through State Library of Queensland (SLQ) fellowships.

Acting Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Mark Bailey said the black&write! initiative, which is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers nationally, is a terrific development opportunity.

“The Fellowships play a significant role in nurturing Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing community,” Mr Bailey said.

“This project exemplifies State Library’s ongoing commitment to telling, sharing and recording the stories, not just of Queenslanders, but of all Indigenous Australians.”

Two black&write! Fellowships are on offer to both published and unpublished authors. As well as the prize money, winners will receive professional manuscript development with SLQ’s Indigenous editing team, and the opportunity to see their work published.

Manuscript entries are invited in a range of genres including the novel, young adult novel, short story collection, poetry collection, or children’s book.

Acting State Librarian Jane Cowell said the program was going from strength to strength, with eight works published to date and two more set for release in the coming months.

“The black&write! project has helped change the landscape of Indigenous writing in Australia,” Ms Cowell said.

“This terrific legacy is a testament to SLQ’s commitment and passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing that will continue into the future.”

In previous years, fellowships have been awarded to manuscripts as diverse as Bakir and Bi, a children’s book written and illustrated by aunt and niece duo Jillian Boyd and Tori-Jay Mordey; Ruby Moonlight, a historical verse novel by renowned poet Ali Cobby Eckermann; science fiction adventure Rift Breaker from comedian Tristan Savage; and young adult paranormal romance Rise of the Fallen by Teagan Chilcott.

The black&write! initiative is a national program, which began in 2010. The first of its kind in Australia, it was developed to foster a significant Indigenous literary community.

Entries for the 2016 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships close Friday 26 February 2016.

For more information and to download an application form, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards.

Interview opportunities:
Ellen van Neerven
Senior Editor, black&write!, State Library of Queensland
Author of Heat and Light (UQP, 2014)
David Unaipon Award Winner 2013

Alison Whittaker
2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellow
Author of ‘Lemons in the Chicken Wire’ (publication forthcoming)
National Indigenous Law Student of the Year, 2015

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, State Library of Queensland Communications
07 3842 9084 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

18 Dec 2015

Queenslanders encouraged to join the Big Day of Belonging

Queenslanders encouraged to join the Big Day of Belonging

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the family event at State Library of Queensland aims to raise people’s sense of belonging.

“We all have a desire to belong and connect with others, and this day of cultural entertainment, food and hands-on activities will help bring the community together,” Ms Enoch said.

“The event is a terrific way to start the year, by celebrating not only who we are but how we all contribute to Queensland’s rich cultural and social life. I encourage everyone to join the workshops and be inspired by the musicians, storytellers and creators of wonderful cuisines who will help us appreciate our diversity.”

The Big Day of Belonging will feature food from around the world including kangaroo nachos, Fijian-Indian curries and other multicultural dishes from pop-up food stalls.

Influential African-Australian community leader and entrepreneur Sharon Orapeleng will host a program of music and dance from 3pm, and performances by the Verandah Chix and members of the Korean Cultural Centre should not be missed.

Through the Queensland Faces exhibition, people can create their own photographic portrait and add it to the digital gallery. They can also make a lantern and take part in a twilight lantern parade.

Acting State Librarian and CEO Jane Cowell said the Big Day of Belonging was about expressing the individual story of who you are, but also about being part of something bigger.

“We’re inviting individuals, families and friends to register for the Something Bigger Choir for the day and make it something fun to do together — all backgrounds, ages and levels of experience are welcome,” Ms Cowell said.

Ms Cowell said the event was also a good opportunity to celebrate State Library of Queensland’s theme for 2016, which is ‘belonging’.

“Next year is a year-long celebration of discovery, creating and sharing stories about our connections with places and our culture,” she said.  “We want people to talk about what it means to belong and this can be through talks, community days, workshops and online activities.”

You can find out more about the Big Day of Belonging by visiting slq.qld.gov.au

Media enquiries
Cinnamon Watson Publicity | 0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

10 Dec 2015

State Library releases never before seen collection from WWI

State Library releases never before seen collection from WWI

State Library of Queensland has unearthed thousands of never before seen personal photographs, letters and diaries from the First World War.

A State of War is a new online and onsite portal which showcases Queensland’s unique stories of the First World War, including personal snapshots depicting experiences at war and at home, key events, portraits of Queensland soldiers and old newspaper clippings from SLQ’s collection.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said through the use of digital technology, the onsite display at SLQ would provide visitors with a hands-on interactive audio-visual experience.

“This is a chance to delve into the stories about Queenslanders, many of which may not have been told before,” Ms Enoch said.

“Through touch, visitors can navigate their way through memories that have passed through generations. Users can also listen to audio of a selection of letters and diaries or browse the digitised original item or its transcript.
It’s a terrific example of using digital technology to bring to life stories from our past into the present.”

A State of War comprises of two main components, offering an innovative online experience that all Queenslanders can access, as well as an interactive display onsite at State Library.

In-depth personal timelines help depict the experiences of seven featured Queenslanders. There are first-hand accounts through letters and diaries which can be viewed as originals or transcripts and heard via selected audio tracks.

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said SLQ plays a leading role in ensuring Queensland’s collective memory is available to be explored and shared.

“State Library has created an opportunity for people to uncover key moments and stories which reveal how Queenslanders experienced the First World War,” Mrs Cooper said.

“This portal and onsite display allows us to discover and share the memories of the 57,705 Queenslanders who served Australia in the First World War 100 years ago and create a digital legacy for future generations.”

The incoming Assistant Minister of State to the Premier, Mark Ryan, noted his predecessor, Stirling Hinchliffe, recently opened the A State of War display.

Assistant Minister Ryan said the Queensland Government was proud to support this important interactive display as part of the Anzac Centenary program.

“I encourage as many Queenslanders as possible to visit this fantastic interactive display and dynamic online portal at the State Library,” Mr Ryan said.

"It’s important to commemorate and understand Queensland’s First World War history and its impact on our community. This installation will create an enduring digital legacy of Queensland’s experience of the First World War,” Mr Ryan said.

Queensland newspaper articles from almost every day of the war reveal what was happening at home and overseas and how the Queensland public consumed the war through print media.

Through the image gallery, follow Queensland light horsemen through the desert; infantry battalions through Gallipoli and France; fundraising volunteers and Red Cross workers at home and discover intimate snapshots of life at the war front and back home during these tumultuous times.  Users can browse the online portal then name and curate their own collections of content, then share it via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email.

A State of War is part of SLQ’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation five year program, proudly supported by the Queensland Government, and is accessible for the next three years of Anzac centenary commemorations.

A State of War online portal: www.astateofwar.org.au

Media enquiries
Cinnamon Watson Publicity  0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

A State of War highlights

  • Queensland stories – the experiences of seven Queenslanders are presented as in-depth, personal timelines, and enriched through their first-hand digitised letters and diaries which can be viewed as originals or transcripts, or heard via selected audio tracks.
  • Rich visual imagery - personal snapshots of the First World War experience at war and at home; and how the war was communicated and received at home through media communications; the coming home experience.
  • Create collections – users can browse the site then name and curate their own collections of content, then share it through social media.
  • Sharing – selected content can be shared via email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Users can listen to audio of a selection of letters and diaries while they browse the digitised original item or its transcript.
  • Onsite at SLQ the hands-on experience, coupling innovative digital technology, touchscreens and rich visual history enables SLQ visitors to navigate a number of images and delve into the stories about featured Queenslanders.

8 Dec 2015

Photographic exhibition examines Queensland’s rich history

Photographic exhibition examines Queensland’s rich history

Photographs of everyday Queenslanders will grace the walls of State Library of Queensland in its latest exhibition which explores the stories behind an image.

Queensland Faces will bring together portraits of Queenslanders across time and cultures to build a narrative around SLQ’s 2016 public programming theme of Belonging.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition allowed the viewer to explore some of the characters who have helped contribute to Queensland’s rich history.

“Through these photographs, the viewer can make the connections between people, place and culture,” Ms Enoch said.

“Visitors to the exhibition will discover how our diverse cultural traditions contribute to Queensland’s ever changing identity. By building these narratives, a unique story around Queensland and its identity emerges that should be celebrated.”

The exhibition showcases photographs from the SLQ collection. From iconic images and moments of celebration, to photographs that expose Queensland’s true cultural diversity, Queensland Faces explores what makes us quintessentially Queenslanders, from the quirky to the hard truths.

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the exhibition celebrates our individual and collective identities and our sense of belonging to our family, community and state.

“We want to encourage Queenslanders to take a closer look at the people who have helped shape our state,” Mrs Cooper said.

Both a contemporary and retrospective showcase, this exhibition will reveal untold stories about Queenslanders’ cultural diversity, and capture some of the iconic images that reflect the Queensland spirit.

The exhibition includes photos of Emma Miller, circa 1910, who migrated to Australia in 1879 and went on to become the first female member of the Brisbane Workers’ Political Organisation. Lores Bonney, who was also photographed in 1933, was the first female pilot to fly the longest one-day flight (Brisbane to Wangaratta) and the first woman to circumnavigate Australia by air using her own Gypsy Moth.

“Some subjects are famous, or infamous, though most are everyday people whose portraits have somehow made their way into SLQ’s vast collection,” Mrs Cooper said.
She said the exhibition contributes to the year-long exploration of the Queensland character, which will be told through SLQ exhibitions in 2016.

The public is invited to join the conversation by uploading a photo to Instagram with the hashtags #belonging #queenslandfaces @slqld that tells their story of ‘belonging’ in Queensland.

Queensland Faces is a free exhibition and will be on display at State Library of Queensland from 5 December 2015 to 8 May 2016.

Interviews and images available upon request.

Media Contact:
Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9803

Media opportunity:
Exclusive media walk-through Join exhibition curator Naomi Takeifanga for an exclusive media walk-through of Queensland Faces and be among the first to see this exhibition, learn about the curation process, and hear first-hand some of the stories behind the images.

Date:  9 December 2015
Time:  10am
Location: Meet at the Welcome Desk, level 1, State Library of Queensland Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
RSVP: by COB 8 December 2015 to kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au or phone 07 3842 9803.

1 Dec 2015

Get lost in a good book this summer

Get lost in a good book this summer


This summer young readers across Australia will explore the wonders and worlds of science fiction, with State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) popular Summer Reading Club.

The Summer Reading Club is a free and fun literacy program developed by SLQ and run online and in more than 1,000 public libraries across the nation.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the Summer Reading Club was a creative and fun program which encouraged a love of reading among young Australians.

“This program encourages children to continue learning new skills over the summer months including reading, writing, creative arts and multimedia technology through fun activities,” Ms Enoch said.
“It recognises that instilling a love of reading in our young children is critical for their literacy development.”

Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said the Summer Reading Club offered an array of free creative activities designed to inspire an ongoing love of reading and literature, and encourage library visitation.

“This year’s theme, Lost Worlds, provides an engaging platform to explore popular literary genres,” Mrs Cooper said.
“State Library hopes this theme encourages children to discover underwater worlds, alternate universes and periods from times past, and ignites reading for pleasure during the summer holidays.
To join the club, visit your local public library or register online at summerreadingclub.org.au.
This year club members can sample newly released titles from 21 of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators, search for answers in the Encyclopaedia Britannica online scavenger hunt, craft adventurous endings to Paul Collins’ and Allison Tate’s What Happens Next story starters, share their own book raves and artwork, and write their own Lost Worlds themed short stories,” she said.

Last year nearly 42,000 Australian children joined the club, reading more than 267,000 books over the summer period.

The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association, and public libraries across Australia, including Queensland’s Indigenous Knowledge Centres.

Summer Reading Club
1 December 2015 – 31 January 2016
Join at your local public library or sign up online summerreadingclub.org.au

Media Contact:
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications | mailto:stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3840 7784

23 Nov 2015

Join the puppet party at State Library these holidays

Join the puppet party at State Library these holidays

Little people with big things to share are invited to State Library of Queensland (SLQ) these school holidays, where every child can be an artist, author, storyteller and performer.

From 4 January 2016, SLQ’s summer holiday program will present puppet workshops, interactive performances and art making activities celebrating the ideas and imaginations of the smallest members of the community.

Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said each year SLQ’s holiday program sees thousands of families join its exciting array of fun and affordable activities.

“This summer holidays State Library will come alive with activities and workshops that engage and inspire young minds and provide creative learning experiences for the whole family to enjoy,” Mrs Cooper said.

“This is a great opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their children in a fun, family-friendly environment, and we welcome everyone to take part,” she said.

Parents and children can craft their own puppet characters and learn tips and tricks to make them come to life at the puppet-arium workshop (for all ages, bookings required); or drop by the puppet paper town (for all ages) to craft and play with your puppet characters, and have your photo taken in the puppet portrait studio.

Even more puppet friends will be popping up throughout the library, encouraging visitors to join them for singing, stories and a bit of serious silliness.

Pack your pram, pull up a pillow and enjoy the Family film fest (for all ages) where children are at the centre of the adventure; and don’t miss the APDL Little Designers pattern and placemaking workshops (for ages 4–8, bookings required), which will introduce young minds to design, architecture and placemaking through play.

Plus, Story Lab workshops (for ages 8–16, bookings required) are back for another jam-packed program of hands-on, minds-on fun and creativity. Choose from workshops in robotics, animation, manga, blogging, zines, cartooning and more.

Bookings are required for some workshops. For more information and to book, visit slq.qld.gov.au

Media enquiries
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
T 07 3840 7784 | E stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au

19 Nov 2015

Peace and Quiet at the library

Peace and Quiet at the library

Explore personal, social and political ideas of peace at Peace and Quiet, State Library of Queensland’s next exhibition, opening Saturday 28 November.

Peace and Quiet is a community exhibition, led by artists Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong, that collects the thoughts and gestures of contemporary Queenslanders at peacetime, against the backdrop of growing global political conflict.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition had been created in collaboration with the community, with the project striking a chord with people from all walks of life.

“There has been a great deal of interest and enthusiasm from the community, with many people contributing ideas and artwork to this exhibition,” Ms Enoch said.
 
“The wonderful part of this approach is that it allows the Library to create a genuine exhibition that documents and shares the story of Queenslanders.”

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said Peace and Quiet will be an engaging exhibition and events program, that examines the diverse ideas and desires that underpin different perceptions of peace.

“Community members have shared their vision of a peaceful world by contributing peaceful landscape artworks that will be mounted over the First World War wallpaper in SLQ Gallery, providing a powerful reminder of what is lost in times of war,” Mrs Cooper said.

“State Library has also worked with individuals who have first-hand experiences of wartime, to capture perspectives of peace from people who have experienced its absence.”
 
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to immerse themselves in the handiwork of Queensland communities, with handmade national flags created in white, and a collection of early and current placards from the peace movement.

Videos will showcase community performances, and visitors will be able to share their own vision of peace by participating in activities and workshops, including making peace decorations in time for Christmas, creating wearable expressions of peace, and crafting Valentine’s gifts of peace and love.

Peace and Quiet is at State Library of Queensland from 28 November 2015 to 14 February 2016. For full program details see qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au/events/peace-and-quiet 
 
Peace and Quiet, as part of State Library’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Media enquiries
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
T 07 3840 7784 | E stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au

Interviews and images available upon request.

Media op:     Exclusive media walk-through

Join exhibition curator Kevin Wilson, and artists Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong, for an exclusive media preview of Peace and Quiet.
Be among the first to see this exhibition, hear about the curation process, and speak directly to community contributors about their work and why they got involved.

Date:        Thursday 26 November, 2015
Time:        10am
Location:  Meet at the Welcome Desk, level 1, State Library of Queensland Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
RSVP:    by Wednesday 25 November to Stephanie Birch  or phone 07 3840 7784.

13 Nov 2015

Indigenous artists with disability showcase their strong hearts

Indigenous artists with disability showcase their strong hearts

Indigenous artists living with disability will tell their personal stories of strength through creative pieces of art on canvas, wheelchairs, wheelie-walkers and a canoe.

The Walan Giiny (strong heart) exhibition, which opened at State Library’s kuril dhagun this weekend, is a creative outlet for the Nandjimadji artists from the Sunshine Coast.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the Nandjimadji group helped Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability to maintain connection with culture and community.

“The Walan Giiny exhibition highlights the important contribution that these artists make to community and culture,” she said.

“The Nandjimadji group has members from teenagers to Elders aged 75 years and they come from many different backgrounds and language groups, with a variety of individual disabilities. Walan Giiny is another step to bridge the gap between modern concepts of disability and the traditions of the world’s oldest, continuous living culture.”

Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said Walan Giiny meant ‘strong heart’ and this was evident in each unique piece of art curated for the exhibition.

“The works demonstrate how art plays an integral role both in the healing process for community members with disability, and in the traditional storytelling methods in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.”

The entrance to the exhibition is heralded by an eye-catching, hand-painted, six-metre-long outrigger canoe which is used by the Nandjimadji group and taken out on the water for special occasions.

The exhibition is part of the kuril dhagun community exhibition program. Artists are selected through an Expression of Interest process and receive development and co-curation support for their exhibition.

Walan Giiny (strong heart) is on display in kuril dhagun on level 1 of State Library of Queensland, South Bank until 21 February 2016.

Background — Nandjimadji

The word ‘Nandjimadji’ is drawn from the Gubbi Gubbi language local to the Sunshine Coast region and means to ‘lighten the load’ or ‘make something less heavy’.

Nandjimadji aims to address the prevalent issues of social isolation and lack of access to culturally respectful services and support.

The Nandjimadji art group is sponsored by Suncare. Walan Giiny is presented as part of a partnership between Suncare, First Peoples Disability Network and Synapse.

Interview opportunities
Jennifer Cullen
CEO, Synapse
Representative of the Nandjimadji art group

Elisa Carmichael
Community Exhibition Officer, kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland

High resolution images available upon request.

Media enquiries: Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
3842 9084 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

For more information about any of these stories or about earlier releases, please contact Marketing and Communications on +61 7 3842 9847 or by email to communications@slq.qld.gov.au.

Library membership

Become an SLQ member now to access our services, collections and facilities.

Library Shop online

Discover an eclectic range of books, gifts, reproduction prints and more at the Library Shop.