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 
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

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.

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