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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