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22 Apr 2015

Siganto Foundation Artists' Books Fellows announced by State Library of Queensland

Siganto Foundation Artists' Books Fellows announced by State Library of Queensland

Two artists have been awarded Siganto Foundation Artists' Books Fellowships to create new works for State Library's nationally significant collection of artists' books.

Julie Barratt and Clyde McGill have been awarded $9,000 each to spend six months creating new works.

Printmaker Julie Barratt has concentrated on artists' books construction for the last few years. She is interested in tactility and texture and employs embossing, stitching, and collograph printing in her books.

Her project Blair Athol Re-cut is a pictorial and oral history project to be realised in the form of a sculptural artist's book.

Ms Barratt said, "The book will speak about the displacement of an entire township to make way for an open-cut coal mine.

"As a child living on the nearby Blair Athol Station, this relocation had a direct impact on my childhood, my sense of place, and my sense of community as friends and family were relocated to neighbouring town Clermont."

Ms Barratt said her book would be made up of pages inlaid with historical road maps from SLQ's John Oxley Library which show Blair Athol as a town.

"The etched maps will be overlaid with images and text," she said.

SLQ currently holds two of Julie Barratt's works, 'Collateral Damage' and 'A place called touch'.

Clyde McGill is an artist working across a wide range of artistic practices and areas of interest including: performance, drawing, artists' books, video and still photography, printmaking, and collaborative art.

His project is entitled 'Looking for Queensland's boundaries: the poetry and magic of ephemeral evidence'. In this work McGill will address the ephemeral in the collections, from bus tickets to maps as well as exploring the counterpoint of permanency of ephemera within library collections.

Mr McGill said he was interested in the changing elements that reflect the flux and context of place in Queensland. 

SLQ holds four of McGill's artists' books, 'A remnant of a journey, he said, to the space between us/to Berlin', 'Atlas strongman', 'Inside/Outside (ii)', and 'Souvenirs'.

State Library has just opened a new round of Siganto Artists' Books Fellowships closing on 1 June. Two Fellowships are available – the Creative Fellowship is open to artists' books makers to create a new work based on State Library's collections and the Research Fellowship is open to scholars and researchers interested in generating new knowledge about State Library's nationally significant artists' books collections.

For more information about the Fellowships or how to apply, see Awards and competitions.

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

9 Apr 2015

New design installation announced for State Library

New design installation announced for State Library

State Library of Queensland is delighted to announce a team from global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot will deliver the inaugural APDL Connect Project installation.

The APDL Connect Project, a new initiative of State Library's Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), gives designers from the Asia Pacific region an opportunity to develop and display their work in the APDL Design Lounge. In doing so, the project aims to document a design project from concept to completion, providing audiences access to an inspiring exemplar of design process.

State Librarian Janette Wright said she was impressed by the quality of proposals State Library received in the project's first year.

"We received many high calibre proposals from designers across the Asia Pacific region, and across a broad range of design disciplines; although one proposal in particular stood out as intriguing and inspiring, demonstrating a clear understanding of and engagement with the theme," Ms Wright said.

"The Woods Bagot proposal, which explores the idea of cultural DNA, is an interactive design that will build over time, engaging the public and continuously evolving."

The winning proposal was developed by Beijing-based designers Ray Yuen, Andrew Brett and Tak Lee, and will be project managed by Brisbane-based designer Laura Fenwick, in response to a regional workshop they held in the Woods Beijing and Brisbane offices, exploring the idea of cultural influences on design.

Laura Fenwick said the designers were thrilled to have the opportunity to exhibit within the Asia Pacific Design Library, and to encourage and stimulate discussion on design in the Asia Pacific region.

"As the installation evolves over time, we hope it will provide a visual representation of the diversity of cultural backgrounds and experiences of both designers and visitors who engage with the project," Ms Fenwick said.

The installation is expected to be installed in State Library's Design Lounge in June, and will be on display until May 2016. Queenslanders are encouraged to visit the Lounge and contribute to the evolution of this artwork.

For more information about State Library and APDL, visit

Media enquiries:
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7784 |

Available for interview:

Natalie Wright
Asia Pacific Design Library Manager
State Library of Queensland

Laura Fenwick
Woods Bagot

2 Apr 2015

First World War exhibition tells Queensland's story

First World War exhibition tells Queensland's story

State Library of Queensland opens its major exhibition Distant Lines: Queensland voices of the First World War – this Saturday 4 April, running until 15 November.

Distant Lines connects us with the intimate and untold stories of Queenslanders as we commemorate 100 years since Australia's involvement in the First World War.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said astonishing stories of bravery, heartache and patriotism are told through personal letters, diaries, photographs, belongings and digital stories which offer the opportunity for interaction, debate and reflection on this tumultuous time in history.

"State Library of Queensland's exhibition, Distant Lines: Queensland voices of the First World War, is a part of a $49.3 million investment by the government in Anzac Centenary commemoration events and projects during 2014-15," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"We can all play a role in commemorating Queensland's contribution to the First World War, and going to this exhibition is the perfect way to get involved and honour the memory of Queensland servicemen and women."

State Librarian and CEO Janette Wright said the exhibition explored the home front and war front experiences of the war – before, during and after.

"The exhibition will showcase many of State Library's precious First World War collections that have never been seen by the public before," Ms Wright said.

Visitors to Distant Lines will be immersed in the daily reality of war by walking through a First World War trench experience in SLQ Gallery and discover personal war front experiences through the lives of 25 Queenslanders who served.

Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery tells the First World War home front stories from recruitment and conscription campaigning to the darker side of patriotism: racism, censorship and propaganda with State Library's extensive collection of posters, photographs, records, letters and event programmes on show.

Displays throughout the library take you on a journey through Queensland's history to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landing; and the age-old debate 'for or against war' is discussed in relation to Australia's two conscription referenda (1916 and 1917).

The community is invited to celebrate the opening of Distant Lines on Saturday 11 April with a special day of reflection packed with free music events, workshops and activities, talks, curator's tours, and exclusive performances by Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

The highlight of the exhibition opening event will be a free performance by Queensland Symphony Orchestra in response to the life stories of Queensland soldiers, nurses, and doctors whose stories are told in SLQ Gallery.

The exhibition aims to commemorate our history, expand our understanding of the First World War and help current and future generations appreciate our state's experience of the war and the Anzac legacy.

Distant Lines, as part of State Library's Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

For full program details visit Distant Lines or follow the conversation online with @slqld #distantlines #qanzac100 and #ww1.

Media enquiries
Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643 |

14 Mar 2015

State Library recognises four million Australians living with disability

State Library recognises four million Australians living with disability

State Library of Queensland invites the community to come ‘ALLtogether’ on Sunday 22 March for a free festival to honour people with disability.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the ALLtogether celebration day was an important event in State Library’s calendar, as it let people with disability know their contributions to Queensland were recognised and valued.

“State Library is a welcoming place for all Queenslanders. Each year, we take this special day to acknowledge the important contributions people with disability make every day, to celebrate their diverse stories, and acknowledge how they enrich our community.”

Hosted in partnership with UnitingCare Community and sponsored by Multicap, ALLtogether will bring people with disability, support organisations and the wider community together to promote understanding of and respect for the four million Australians that live with disability.

UnitingCare Community’s Director of Disability Services Lorna Sullivan said ALLtogether is one of many events worldwide that aim to raise community awareness, improve attitudes, and break down the barriers faced by people with disability.

“UnitingCare Community is proud to continue co-hosting ALLtogether, as it strengthens our commitment to engaging people with disabilities, their families and friends, and helping them to lead good lives,” she said.

At ALLtogether in March, visitors can experience an even wider range of exciting performances and entertainment than in previous years.

There will be on-stage entertainment throughout the day, including performers with disabilities such as The Transformers Choir, Southside Singers and Ambition Road.

Numerous organisations and community groups will also host art and craft stalls and information stands, including Access Arts, Life Without Barriers, and CPL – Choice, Passion Life (Cerebral Palsy League).

Supporting partner Brisbane City Council will be providing event activities for the day including mobile and pop-up libraries, Council bus tours, Tai Chi, and wheelchair skills sessions.

ALLtogether will be held at State Library in South Bank’s Cultural Precinct. SLQ offers disability parking, access and facilities.

A free barbeque lunch will be served at 12.30pm. All activities are free, and everyone is welcome.

ALLtogether is ordinarily held at the end of each year to coincide with International Day of People with Disability on 3 December. Last year’s event was unfortunately postponed until March 2015 due to unforeseen circumstances.

When: Sunday 22 March 2015, 10am–4pm

Where: State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank

See the full program at or contact Lyn Thompson on 07 3842 9058 for more information.

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 |

3 Mar 2015

Learn new skills online 24/7 through your local library

Learn new skills online 24/7 through your local library

Ever wanted to learn how to design a website or use Photoshop? Perhaps you need to improve your Excel capabilities or develop your business skills?

Queensland residents now have free access to more than 3,000 top-quality courses and 136,000 video tutorials for learning the latest commercial software, creative and business skills through, a web based video service. is available through your SLQ or Queensland public library membership.  

"Connecting people with resources to support their life-long learning is one of the benefits State Library of Queensland seeks to provide to Queenslanders," said Janette Wright, State Librarian.   

“ is a valuable addition to the existing courses and resources that public libraries offer onsite and online, allowing public libraries to expand what we offer to meet the changing needs of Queensland communities.

“We are excited to provide library members with access to online classes from industry professionals, for free and on their own schedules.”

Library members of SLQ and over 300 public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres now have 24/7 unlimited online access to thousands of online courses covering business management, leadership, marketing, multimedia, design, web development and more. Members can also learn job search skills such as resume writing and interviewing.

Courses and tutorials can be accessed from any compatible desktop or portable device via members’ public library online catalogue.

Unlimited access to courses on hundreds of relevant topics makes a valuable addition to the 21st century library.

For more information visit SLQ online or your local public library website and login using your current library membership.

Media enquiries:
Malia Naupoto, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9847 |

13 Feb 2015

Architects share ideas at State Library

Architects share ideas at State Library

Hear from internationally renowned architects at State Library of Queensland (SLQ) with the return of the annual UQ Architecture lecture series next month.

A partnership between SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library and The University of Queensland’s School of Architecture, this free, weekly talk series brings together forward-thinking architects from across Queensland, Australia and the globe to critically explore architectural ideas and issues.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the 2015 series intended to spark discussion and debate around 21st century architectural challenges, continuing State Library’s past work in this space.

“Our goal is to encourage our audience to expand their understanding of the role of architecture in society and how it affects the well-being of our communities,” Ms Wright said.

“The design of the built environment has significant implications for everyday life.”

“As we move to a more globally connected world and encounter complex new questions, the architectural profession is being challenged to adapt and to embrace the responsibility of designing a better world,” she said.

The Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL) is dedicated to promoting the role of architecture and design to the broader society and, alongside UQ, to bringing research into the design studio to generate new knowledge.

Series curator, John de Manincor, Senior Lecturer at UQ said, “The series is about sharing ideas with anyone interested in the design of the spaces they inhabit. Working with APDL is a fabulous opportunity for UQ Architecture to engage with the wider community, as well as the profession.”

Andrew Burges from New South Wales-based firm Andrew Burges Architects (ABA) will launch the series on the evening of Tuesday 10 March at 6.30pm, with networking and refreshments from 6pm.

The series runs for eight consecutive weeks through March and April (excluding Easter, Tuesday 7 April), with architects from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Visit for the full list of sessions and speakers, alongside a range of content including video recordings, which will be made available after each event.

Architecture professionals attending the events will be eligible for two formal continuing professional development points (CPD) with the Australian Institute of Architects.

Date      Tuesdays, 10 Mar – 5 May (excl. 7 Apr), 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue    Part 1 – The Edge Auditorium
               Part 2 – Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland
Entry     Free, bookings

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 |

2 Feb 2015

Applications closing soon for Research and Creative Artists’ Books Fellowships

Applications closing soon for Research & Creative Artists’ Books Fellowships

State Library of Queensland (SLQ), with the generous support of the Siganto Foundation, is offering two $9,000 Artists’ Books Fellowships with applications closing 27 February.

Defined as ‘artworks that use the form or concept of a book’, artists’ books subject matter is only limited by the artist’s imagination — as is the format. The Australian Library of Art is home to State Library’s extensive and nationally significant collection of beautiful and intriguing artists’ books.

The Creative Fellowship allows a practitioner to develop a new work based on SLQ collections, while the Research Fellowship supports a  researcher to explore State Library’s artists’ books collection to generate new knowledge in the field of artists’ books.

State Librarian Janette Wright said State Library’s ongoing partnership with the Siganto Foundation provided valuable support for the promotion of artists’ books in Queensland.

She said “the Siganto Foundation has been significant in supporting artists’ books activities at SLQ including funding workshops with internationally recognised book artists, seminars to further artists’ book discourse, acquisition of collection items and fellowships for research and the creation of artists’ books.”

Doug Spowart, the 2014 Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Research Fellow said the fellowship had allowed him to investigate trends in the use of photography in artists’ books.

Jan Davis, the 2014 Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Creative Fellow is undertaking a three-stage project to examine diaries and farm records from the State Library collection and transfigure them as artist’s books.

Each Siganto Foundation Fellowship offers a stipend of $9,000, priority access to the collections, and research support from specialist librarians.

Fellowship applications close at 5pm on Friday 27 February 2015. Forms are available online from the SLQ website.

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

27 Jan 2015

State Library research fellowships award up to $20,000

State Library research fellowships award up to $20,000

Applications are now open nationwide for State Library of Queensland’s annual history research fellowships, for awards of up to $20,000.

State Librarian Janette Wright today invited applications for both the John Oxley Library Fellowship supported by the Queensland Library Foundation ($20,000) and the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000).

The Fellowships, as part of the broader Queensland Memory Awards, are awarded annually to acknowledge excellence and innovation in historical research and to foster future exploration into our state’s history.

“Each year State Library selects two Fellows as our resident researchers to contribute to a greater understanding of Queensland’s heritage,” said Ms Wright.

“Applications are welcomed from people of all professional backgrounds and historical interests as Fellowship outcomes may be quite diverse,” she said.

“Projects may include a publication, an online engagement, a cultural activity or product, or a curatorial contribution to the John Oxley Library collection.”

“These Fellowships enable researchers to investigate our state’s past, and to find innovative ways to uncover and share this history with others.”

In addition to the stipend, the successful Fellows will each be provided with a personal workspace in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge within the John Oxley Library where they have ready access to State Library’s rich resources as well as staff expertise.

Since 2004, Fellows have delved into the unique collections in the John Oxley Library to research, evaluate and document forgotten narratives across diverse topics including architecture, migration, classical music, politics, and Queensland’s ongoing ties with Pacific and South Sea Islander peoples.

The current John Oxley Library Fellow, Thomas Blake, is using the John Oxley Library collections in the completion of his project Liquid Gold: the history of the Great Artesian Basin in Queensland.

Thom will be giving a free public talk at State Library on Thursday 19 February, discussing his research to date into the Great Artesian Basin and its role in serving and sustaining more than 30 Queensland towns.

Now in its second year, the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship is awarded for a proposed research project that examines an aspect of Queensland’s business history.

The Fellowship facilitates deeper engagement with State Library’s business records, so Queenslanders can learn the stories of our state’s commercial, social and economic development.

The inaugural Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship was awarded to fashion innovators Madeleine King and Nadia Buick (The Fashion Archives) for their project to examine 12 key Queensland businesses and their impact on the communities around them.

This Fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School.

Applications for both Fellowships close at 5pm on Monday 16 March 2015.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 28 May at the annual Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony, alongside the recipients of the John Oxley Library Award and the John Oxley Library Community History Award.

To apply or for more information on the Fellowships and the Queensland Memory Awards visit

Media enquiries:
Cinnamon Watson
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19 Jan 2015

How might design shape our future?

How might design shape our future?

State Library of Queensland invites visitors to explore the world of design thinking at CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, before it closes next month.

Open until 14 February, CUSP is a free exhibition featuring the work of 12 visionary Australian designers who are each developing creative solutions to some of the big challenges we face today and into the future.

From designing sustainable cities inspired by structures in nature such as soap bubbles and spider webs, to interactive games that may be the future of exercise, the exhibition showcases some of the most exciting ideas currently being explored by Australian designers.

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.

“We’ve been delighted by the response of visitors to the exhibition so far, and pleased to see how it has helped ignite curiosity about what the future might hold,” said Ms Wright.

“Exploring questions as broad and varied as ‘Can design help prevent people from getting sick?’ to ‘Can we think bigger, more imaginatively, and more creatively about sustainability?’, CUSP gets people thinking in new and innovative ways — and that’s exactly what a visit to a library should do. With only a few weeks remaining of the exhibition’s stay in Brisbane, I encourage everyone — from inquisitive children through to professional designers — to drop by and take a look,” she said.

An exhibition, a laboratory and an opportunity for learning and experiencing new ideas, CUSP takes us 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 until 14 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 more images are available upon request. 

Media enquiries:
Malia Naupoto, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9847 |

16 Jan 2015

State Library offers opportunities for Indigenous artists and communities

State Library offers opportunities for Indigenous artists and communities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and community organisations across Queensland are being offered the chance to exhibit and work with State Library of Queensland.

State Library will launch two community programs this year, inviting Queensland Indigenous artists into kuril dhagun at South Bank.

Expressions of interest are now sought statewide for the individual artist in residence program and from individuals, community groups and art centres for a co-curated exhibition in kuril dhagun.

The artist in residence will commence in February to work on a three month-long creative project under the theme ‘unsettled’.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the residency program aimed to connect State Library’s collections with community knowledge from Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

“By bringing their unique individual and community perspectives to their work, our resident artist will be able to contribute new stories and knowledge about Queensland to State Library’s collections,” said Ms Wright.

“The artist in residence will have access to original materials and collection items here at State Library to inspire their project, fostering strong cultural and professional exchange.”

The program is open to both emerging and established Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists working in any creative medium.

Expressions of interest close Friday 23 January 2015 for a three month residency commencing in either February or July 2015.

The residency will culminate in a temporary art installation in kuril dhagun’s exhibition space at the State Library building at South Bank.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, community groups and art centres are also encouraged to submit an expression of interest to co-curate a three month long exhibition in kuril dhagun.

“We’re inviting artists and community organisations to share their collections with State Library through an exhibition — whether it be a retrospective or a showcase of new work, to commemorate an anniversary or special event, or something else entirely,” said Ms Wright.

“These co-curated exhibitions will focus on working with, by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and we are eager to let kuril dhagun’s exhibition program be developed in partnership with the community for six months of the year to serve this purpose.”
Expressions of interest close Friday 20 February 2015 for a three month exhibition commencing in either May or August 2015.

To submit an expression of interest, apply online at

Media enquiries: Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 |
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