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14 Oct 2014


State Library takes design to the edge with new exhibition

One of the most significant contemporary Australian design exhibitions produced in the past 10 years opens at State Library of Queensland on 1 November.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade features the work of 12 visionary designers who are developing creative solutions to some of the big challenges we face today and into the future.

State Librarian and CEO Janette Wright said State Library was pleased to host the Brisbane show of this prestigious, nationally touring exhibition developed by Object: Australian Design Centre.

CUSP is a bold and stimulating exhibition, sure to ignite curiosity and spark the imagination of all our visitors — from inquisitive children through to professional designers,” said Ms Wright.

From data visualisation to social robotics, CUSP covers the full breadth of design, showcasing some of the most exciting ideas currently being explored by Australian designers.

Removing the stigma of personal medical devices to turn them into covetable objects, designing programs that help sick children deal with pain, and ideas for solving the global housing crisis are all challenges addressed by designers in CUSP

Visitors can explore the work of Chris Bosse, an architect who designs sustainable buildings and future cities by creating architectural technologies inspired by structures in nature such as soap bubbles, snowflakes and spider webs.

Test your strength and stamina at Floyd Mueller’s Hanging Off a Bar installation, which takes the computer game into a whole new realm, creating fun, physical experiences that may well be the future of exercise.

Connect yourself to George Khut’s body-focused artwork which becomes animated with colourful visuals and relaxing sounds as you consciously calm your body and mind.

An exhibition, a laboratory and an opportunity for learning and experiencing new ideas, CUSP takes us way beyond what we believe is possible when we think of design today.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade will be at State Library of Queensland from 1 November 2014 to 8 February 2015. Visit for more details.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade is an Object: Australian Design Centre National Touring Program. Object: Australian Design Centre has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Object: Australian Design Centre is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Interviews and images are available upon request.

Media enquiries:
Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications 07 3840 7784 |

26 Sep 2014

Q ANZAC 100 Fellowships

Fellowships explore untold stories of the First World War

State Library of Queensland’s inaugural Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation fellowships, proudly supported by the Queensland Government, open for applications today.

Four fellowships valued at $15,000 each will fund research projects relating to Queensland’s experience of the First World War, both on the home front and the warfront.

Minister Assisting the Premier for the Centenary of Anzac Glen Elmes said that Queenslanders have lived with memories of World War One for a century, and not all of them have been shared.

“Communities and families across the state possess a treasure trove of stories reflecting the courage, resilience, sacrifice and duty that immortalised the Anzac spirit,” Mr Elmes said.

“Our geographically diverse state meant that often many of our smaller towns and regions were dramatically impacted by the events of World War One. A hundred years on, there are still stories to be told, memories to be shared, and undiscovered treasures tucked away in family homes, personal collections and cultural institutions across Queensland. Uncovering and interpreting these memories and stories is important in helping us commemorate and understand Queensland’s World War One history, and its impact on our community.”

State Librarian Janette Wright said the fellowship program aims to foster new research and develop new knowledge about the Queensland experience of the First World War, and is part of State Library’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program.

Q ANZAC 100 is a five-year program of legacy initiatives that commemorates 100 years of World War One and Anzac history in Queensland,” Ms Wright said.

“The fellowship program aims to uncover and explore the lesser known or untold stories about our state and how Queensland experienced the First World War.”

Together with the $15,000 stipend, each fellow is allocated a workspace for up to 12 months, access to the John Oxley Library and expert advice from State Library staff for the duration of their project.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation commemorates our history, expands our understanding of the First World War and helps current and future generations appreciate our state’s experience of the First World War and Anzac legacy.

Fellowship applications close at 5pm on Friday 7 November 2014. Visit for more information and to apply.

Media enquiries:
Minister Elmes - Peter McCarthy (0408) 835 548
State Library - Kirri-Lee Huggett 07 3842 9803 |

26 Sep 2014

Think Outside 2014

Designing an identity for a Brisbane of the future

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is asking leading designers and design thinkers to imagine where the future of Brisbane might lead us.

Think Outside is an annual talk series hosted by SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library, in which local, national and international design thinkers are asked to contemplate a problem outside their area of expertise, offering new and unexpected solutions for discussion.
Taking inspiration from the G20 Summit, as well as the recently released Queensland Plan, the 2014 series looks to the future, challenging panellists to consider how we might celebrate and design Brisbane’s future identity.
Natalie Wright, Manager of the Asia Pacific Design Library, said design thinking was a creative, future-focussed problem-solving process that matched needs with opportunities.
“This way of approaching problems is becoming increasingly recognised as a powerful tool for creatively exploring the complex and intertwined challenges of the 21st century,” said Ms Wright.
“As the world turns its attention on Brisbane for the G20 Summit, we’re taking the opportunity to consider how we might approach the future of this city through a design lens — from community empowerment to economic prosperity.”
“By asking leading design thinkers these significant questions, we hope to ignite discussion that inspires new ideas and possibilities, leading to broader conversations and action on this issue,” she said.
Speakers for the first Think Outside event on 14 October include Professor Herman Pi’ikea Clark, Director of Tokorau Institute of Indigenous Innovation (New Zealand), Paul Pholeros , Architect and Director of Healthabitat (Sydney) and John Macdonald from Lightspace (Brisbane).
Each speaker will have 10 minutes to present their ideas, setting the platform for a considered debate and discussion to follow around the practical implications of these new ideas.
Visit for more details, and to book tickets.
The 2014 Think Outside series is presented by SLQ and sponsored by Griffith University Queensland College of Art. 
When: Tue 14 Oct and Wed 5 Nov, 6.30pm (networking drinks from 5.30pm)
Where: State Library of Queensland
Tickets: Free, bookings
Media enquiries
Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications | 07 3840 7784 |

18 Sep 2014

Hot Modernism

Hot modernism sparks conversations at State Library

State Library of Queensland partnering with The UQ School of Architecture, is sharing stories of Queensland’s architectural past through the hugely popular exhibition Hot Modernism.
State Librarian Janette Wright said the exhibition had been embraced by patrons and had opened up conversations about our city and its buildings.
Hot Modernism explores and showcases the changing face of Queensland from 1945–75, revealing not only stories of the architecture, but also stories about the people who created, worked and lived in the buildings,” said Ms Wright.
“It has been a nostalgic journey for many of our visitors, with the exhibition triggering memories of people’s own experience living in and around the featured buildings, as well as sparking curiosity about the history of their own childhood haunts.”
“For us, the sign of a great exhibition is one that sparks conversation, and gets people talking, sharing and exploring their own personal stories, and we’ve definitely seen that with Hot Modernism.”
“With only a few weeks remaining of the exhibition, I encourage anyone who hasn’t yet seen it to come along and explore Hot Modernism for themselves, before doors close on 12 October,” she said.
Visitors to the exhibition can walk through a full-scale re-creation of a 1957 house, take a seat in a 1960s living room and examine 3D architectural models, original drawings and historical photographs from the time.
Hot Modernism is on display at State Library of Queensland until 12 October. Visit for more details.
The project is supported by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Project funding scheme, and project partners BVN Donovan Hill, Conrad Gargett Riddel – Ancher Mortlock Woolley and Wilson Architects, along with principal sponsor dansk vintage.
Interviews and images available upon request.
Media enquiries

Cinnamon Watson Publicity | 0432 219 643 |

9 Sep 2014

Indigenous military service

Untold stories of Indigenous military service uncovered

State Library of Queensland explores the untold story of Indigenous service in the First World War with an online screening of the Serving Country Forum.

Tune in on 26 September to watch a full day of thought-provoking conversations unfold as the Indigenous experience of WWI, both on the homefront and the battlefront, is discussed. Organise a viewing at your workplace, community organisation or at home to share the interesting discoveries together.

State Librarian Janette Wright said screening the Serving Country Forum online via State Library’s website provides a rare opportunity for anyone to experience the stories uncovered by the Black Diggers project — a joint Queensland Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company production.

“When war was declared in 1914 many Indigenous men were the first to try to enlist, although it wasn’t until April 1917 that Indigenous enlistment was permitted,” Ms Wright said.

“As we uncover this hidden history, it’s clear that these men fought valiantly for their country. As they stood by their fellow Australians they hoped to bring equality to their communities. Until very recently, these stories and this important history were virtually unknown.”

Facilitated by Joshua Creamer, Native Title Barrister and Chairman of Titans 4 Tomorrow, the forum features a keynote address by Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, Historian and Author. A range of guest speakers will discuss topics such as 100 years of Indigenous service, researching Indigenous service history and creative responses to commemorating the fallen.

Speakers and researchers from the Black Diggers production will present along with speakers from the Australian War Memorial, Cherbourg Historical Precinct and the Yugambeh Museum.

Minister Assisting the Premier on the Anzac Centenary, Glen Elmes, said the forum’s theme of Serving Country reflects this year’s NAIDOC Week theme which recognised the century of military service by Indigenous Australians.

Mr Elmes said that Indigenous Australians have served the country in conflicts going back to the Boer War, and many have died protecting Australian and Commonwealth interests.

“It’s amazing these young Australians even bothered to join up because they were not classed as citizens, had no right to vote, could not buy property or enter a public bar,” Mr Elmes said.

“Many of them were treated as equals for the first time in their lives as soldiers, but upon returning to civilian life they experienced the same discrimination and prejudice as before going into uniform. A century later, we continue to honour their memory and the memory of every Queenslander who gave their all during those four dark years and the re-building which followed.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said State Library had led Queensland in helping us to commemorate our Anzac heritage.

“The Queensland Government supports State Library to deliver services for all Queenslanders, wherever they live,” Mr Walker said.

“Their special role in helping us to know authentic Anzac experiences not only informs this generation, but
keeps the Anzac story alive for future generations.”

The Serving Country Forum is part of Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, a five year legacy
project led by State Library and proudly supported by the Queensland Government, commemorating the
centenary of World War One and Anzac across Queensland.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, will commemorate and celebrate our history, capture living
memories, and help current and future generations understand Queensland’s experiences during and after
the First World War — renewing the First World War and Anzac legacy.

For more information on the Serving Country Forum online screening and Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a
New Generation visit State Library of Queensland’s website at

Serving Country Forum live stream
Friday 26 September, 9am–3.30pm

Join the conversation on Twitter with #ww1 #qanzac100 and #servingcountry

Media enquiries: Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9803 |

8 Sep 2014

Thousands of images free from State Library

Thousands of images free from State Library

Immediate access to 60,000 high resolution historic and contemporary Queensland images is now available free from State Library of Queensland.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the images could be downloaded via the SLQ catalogue.

She said, “All our out-of-copyright and Creative Commons-licenced images are now available for direct download from our catalogue – at no charge.  We believe wholeheartedly in making our content available to all so we’re delighted to offer this new service. Images available cover Queensland people, places, and events. They are high resolution TIFF files and the images can be re-used for any purpose – all we ask is that you credit or attribute the images appropriately. Those images made available under a Creative Commons licence should be credited by identifying State Library, the creator, the title, and the licence the work is under. Out-of-copyright images can simply be credited to State Library of Queensland.”

Ms Wright said State Library of Queensland images were being used for a wide range of purposes.

She said, “Our images are already widely used – for websites and blogs, school work, academic research and more – and this new service makes these images even more accessible.”

Information about SLQ’s preferred attribution can be found at

To download high resolution images go to and search the catalogue. When you find the image you want, select Display item on the right hand side and then click on the download icon top left (View Options). Select the download icon again and you will then be able to open or save the image.

Previously library clients had to pay to order copies which could take up to five working days for delivery.

State Library will continue to provide an image reproduction services offering clients a high resolution file or photographic print of items in the collections. Pricing depends on original format and delivery options. See for details.

Media enquiries:
Cathy Stacey, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9346 |

 Women running over a sand dune

Young women running over a sand dune on an unidentified beach, ca. 1935. Image courtesy of State Library of Queensland

Link to digital item 

John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 45726 

Gardens Point in Brisbane, ca 1870

Gardens Point in Brisbane, ca 1870.  Image courtesy of State Library of Queensland

Link to digital item 

John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 156882

31 Aug 2014

Premier's Cultural Diversity Award

Cultural diversity award for State Library of Queensland

State Library was, on Saturday, announced as the winner of the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Award in the Public Sector category.

The Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support Queensland’s cultural diversity and help build an inclusive, harmonious community.

State Librarian Janette Wright said she was thrilled to win the prestigious award.

She said, “The State Library of Queensland serves all Queenslanders and we take that responsibility seriously.”

“We have an extensive collection in Languages Other Than English comprising over 90.000 items in 50 different languages including books, DVDs, and CDs. Items can be borrowed via your local public library”

The State Library’s Creative Community Computing program is run in conjunction with organisations like the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) and the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma. The program teaches participants the skills they need for IT self-sufficiency – working with recycled computer hardware and free and open-source software.

Ms Wright said SLQ’s Mobile Media Lab was a program actively targeting young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“The media lab is a production hub and training resource enabling young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to develop skills in media production, create stories that are meaningful to their community, and distribute them to the wider community. At the moment we are working with diverse communities, including Muslim young people creating digital stories exploring their experiences in Australia.”

“We are also sharing stories from Queensland’s multicultural festivals by documenting the heritage of the Australian-Italian Festival, the Pacific Unity Festival, and the Africa Day celebrations."

“State Library is developing a Cultural Diversity Engagement Framework – replacing our Multicultural Action Plan – that will outline how we work with multicultural communities. Our Content Strategy also expresses our commitment to making sure Queensland’s multicultural heritage is represented in our collections.”

“We have a number of human resource initiatives in place including our very successful Work & Welcome program in partnership with MDA. The program, which is funded through staff donations, offers short-term paid work experience for recently arrived refugees and migrants to help them settle successfully into their new home country.”

We have hosted two Work & Welcome placements to date with both individuals going on to secure further work with SLQ on completion of their work experience.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the State Library's winning this award highlighted its role as a cultural leader within the community.
"State Library is there to serve all Queenslanders," Mr Walker said.

"Its programs are tailored to engage as many of us as possible, including multicultural communities. It delivers these programs in a variety of ways, both digitally and in person, which helps people get involved."

"This award highlights the State Library’s achievement of helping deliver the arts to all Queenslanders, wherever they live, wherever they were born.”

The awards were announced at the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards gala dinner on Saturday 30 August 2014.

Media enquiries:
Cathy Stacey, SLQ Communications 07 3842 9346 |

22 Aug 2014

2014 Young Writers Award winners

Winner announced for the 2014 State Library Young Writers Award

Brisbane writer Michael Day has been awarded the prestigious State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award and $2,000 for his short story Zen Master.

Mr Day, a 22 year old writing and literature student at UQ, said he was thrilled to be acknowledged for his story, which captures the vulnerability and awkwardness of the transition into adulthood.

“It's amazing because this story feels like the closest I've come to figuring out how I like writing and what I like writing about,” he said.

Acting CEO Kathy Hayter said the Young Writers Award, which was established in 1995, continues to unearth and encourage young creative talent.

“This year the competition received a record number of entries, with stories coming in from right across Queensland,” said Ms Hayter.

“The Young Writers Award sits alongside State Library’s black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing program and the Queensland Literary Awards as key initiatives celebrating, showcasing and supporting the development of Queensland’s writing talent.

“It’s competitions such as these that give budding young writers the confidence, resources and connections to develop their writing further."

Arts Minister Ian Walker said it was exciting to see new Queensland talent like Mr Day launch on the literary scene.

“Michael now joins a prestigious list of young writers who started their writing careers by winning the Young Writers Award prize.”

“Most recently, past winner Rebecca Jessen this month published her first book Gap (UQP), which is a novelisation of the short story which won her the 2012 Young Writers Award,” Mr Walker said.

The Young Writers Award Runner-Up prize of $500 went to Lucinda Bopf from Kedron for Fish, a memorable story full of originality and ambition.

Judges also recognised four highly commended entries — Fog on the Highway by Regan Lynch (Paddington), Ziggy the Bagman by Tina Gaudry (St Lucia), The Beekeeper's Wife by Kimberley Smith (Annerley), and The Deep End by Molly Glassey (Paddington).

The Young Writers Award is open to Queensland residents aged between 18 and 25 years. Read the winning stories online at

Media enquiries:
Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications 07 3840 7784 |

19 Aug 2014

Queensland Literary Awards

A new chapter for Queensland Literary Awards

Entries are now open for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) under a new arrangement which sees State Library of Queensland take leadership of the program.

QLA is a community driven awards program which nurtures and celebrates the talent and achievements of Australian writers.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that State Library will collaborate with the QLA Committee and supporting partners to continue the work of the awards program in its third year.

“Whilst State Library will take a leadership role in managing the QLA program, we will continue the collaborative model established through the hard work and dedication of the QLA Committee, volunteers, partners and supporting community members over the past two years.”

“We are excited to have the continued support of key QLA partners including the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” Ms Wright said.

“The Queensland Literary Awards complement our existing awards programs – the Young Writers Award and the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships and Indigenous Editing Mentorships.”

“Queenslanders are avid readers and writers, with 84% of people reading or engaging in some form of creative writing. State Library is delighted to play a role in not only nurturing this interest throughout the state, but also applauding those who excel at writing through this prestigious awards program.”

“Programs such as the QLA are key in drawing out our most unique and captivating literary voices, and sharing them with the world. We’re excited to see what this year’s entries will produce,” Ms Wright said.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said aspiring Queensland writers could also apply for a new $10,000 Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship or one of three 2014 Queensland Writers Fellowships worth $15,000 each.

“The aim of these fellowships is to discover and encourage new writing talent,” Mr Walker said. “The Premier’s fellowship is specifically for young Queensland writers under 30, to help young talent find their feet.  We want to provide opportunities for talented Queensland writers who are looking for support to finish their manuscripts to get the help upfront when it is needed.”

Nominations for the Queensland Literary Awards and Fellowships close on 19 September 2014 and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in December.

Information about the awards, the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship, Queensland Writers Fellowships and nomination forms are available at

2014 Queensland Literary Award categories are:

  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year

Media enquiries: Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications, 07 3840 7784 |

17 Jul 2014

Queensland Business History Award recipient announced

Queensland Business History Award recipient announced

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame announced the recipient of the 2014 Queensland Business History Award, the Birdsville Hotel.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Business History Award, presented by Library Board of Queensland Chair, Professor Jan Thomas at the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, recognises leadership in collecting, preserving and sharing business history.

“This award aims to raise awareness of the value of good record keeping and preservation and acknowledges businesses that protect and promote their corporate history and heritage collections,” Ms Wright said.

This year’s recipient, the Birdsville Hotel, is an iconic Queensland business that has a long and colourful history dating back to its establishment in 1884. The hotel’s diverse and voluminous collection is a living archive of the many people that have passed through its doors, and their experience of remote Queensland.

The hotel owners, Jo and Kym Fort and Nell and David Brook, along with their staff, demonstrate an intimate knowledge of the collection and use it to connect with their patrons, as the historical material is on display on the hotel’s interior walls.

Preserving business records helps co-create Queensland’s memory for future generations and State Library of Queensland encourages all businesses to get on board. “The Birdsville Hotel engages with the community and visitors on a daily basis to promote their collection, and even add to it where they can,” Ms Wright said.

“A visitor’s book in the hotel’s reception area encourages patrons to write about their own experience of the bush and make a contribution to local shared history.”

Photographs, leaflets, brochures, flyers, film, correspondence, ledgers, minute books, annual reports and oral histories all play a part in telling Queensland’s narrative.

This award encourages businesses and business leaders to elevate the importance of safeguarding their irreplaceable historical material.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Birdsville Hotel owners and their staff were keeping the history of more than the pub alive through their collection of mementoes and documents.

“The fortunes of the hotel are entwined with the story of Birdsville,” Mr Walker said.

“The Birdsville Hotel is a true Queensland icon and it’s important that its unique history is available to future generations.”

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame is a partnership between State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School.

For more information on the award and the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame visit

Media enquiries: Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9803 |

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