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24 Aug 2016

$2,000 up for grabs for Queensland’s young writers

$2,000 up for grabs for Queensland’s young writers

State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) annual Young Writers Award is open once again, with $2,000 on offer for the budding author that wins first prize.

For more than 20 years, SLQ’s Young Writers Award has offered young Queenslanders the opportunity to launch their writing career and join the ranks of previous winners and published authors, Benjamin Law and Rebecca Jessen to name a few.

The short story competition also looks to nurture talent in school-aged writers with a category now open for 15 to 17 year olds, in addition to the long standing category for 18 to 25 year olds.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the award fostered our state’s home grown talent.

“The Young Writers Award is a great opportunity for Queensland’s most promising budding authors to develop their skills and get their foot in the door of the writing industry,” Ms Enoch said.

“The competition provides professional and personal opportunities that support the next generation of writers.”

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the award was part of SLQ’s commitment to share the stories of Queenslanders — whether historical and personal or fictional and imaginative.

“This annual competition helps young writers to find their own voice and contribute to the diverse story of our state,” Mrs Cooper said.

“Through the Young Writers Award, we aim to provide the winners with the confidence in their abilities and industry exposure to successfully pursue their career aspirations.”

The competition is open to Queensland residents aged 15 to 25 years into two categories: 15 to 17 years (1,500 words) and 18 to 25 years (2,500 words).

The winner of the 18 to 25 years category receives $2,000 prize money, and the winner of the 15 to 17 years category receives an Apple iPad Air 2.

Runners up and highly commended entrants receive a variety of prizes including prize money, digital tablets, gift vouchers and book packs.

All prize winners also receive a 12 month youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards for the entry form and conditions, and to read past winning stories.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 30 September.

The 2016 Young Writers Award is presented by State Library of Queensland with support from Queensland Writers Centre.

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

9 Sep 2016

2016 Queensland Literary Awards finalists announced

2016 Queensland Literary Awards finalists announced

59 authors have been shortlisted across 12 categories as the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards recognises the achievements of Australian writers.

State Library of Queensland supports and champions the Queensland Literary Awards in nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas and celebrating the incredible strength and diversity in Australian writing talent.

State Librarian and CEO, Ms Vicki McDonald today announced the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) shortlists.

“From well-known authors such as Matthew Condon and Tim Winton, to talented debut novelists like Sonja Dechian, the Queensland Literary Awards continue to highlight the high calibre of literature across Australia,” Ms McDonald said.

“With such a rich field of nominations across all the 2016 QLA categories, I thank the judges for what could only have been an extremely challenging task in determining the shortlists.”

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Literary Awards recognised outstanding writers, celebrated Queensland stories and fostered the next generation of writing talent.

“Last year, my Government reinstated funding for these prestigious awards and also established two new awards, one for a work of State significance and the Young Publishers and Writers Awards, to recognise important Queensland voices,” the Premier said.

“In 2016, the Queensland Government continues to match the sponsor and partnership funding in ten award categories with the aim to expand the awards and attract additional sponsors.”

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the power of seeing Australian life represented in the books we read cannot be overstated.

“These are our stories,” Ms Enoch said. “They lay bare every aspect of contemporary Australian life, help us to understand our history and set the path forward for our future.”

In addition to the 12 categories of the Queensland Literary Awards, three Queensland Writers Fellowships will be awarded to provide support for Queensland authors in developing their work for publication.

Queensland readers have the power to pick the winner of The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year category. Readers can vote for their favourite shortlisted book before Thursday 29 September 2016 by visiting qldliteraryawards.org.au.

In announcing the shortlists, Ms McDonald said the continued support for the Queensland Literary Awards from authors, booksellers, publishers and the literary community was outstanding.

“We are grateful for the continued support of our partners including the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” Ms McDonald said.

The award winners and fellowship recipients will be announced at a special awards ceremony held at State Library of Queensland on 5 October.

The shortlists can be found at qldliteraryawards.org.au.

The 2016 Queensland Literary Award categories are:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards
  • 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 University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year

Media enquiries:
Kate Allen, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7897 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

2016 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist

Queensland Premier’s Award for a Published Work of State Significance ($25,000)

  • Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style, Nadia Buick & Madeleine King
  • All Fall Down, Matthew Condon
  • Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane, Elspeth Muir
  • The Long Goodbye, P.J. Parker
  • Not Just Black and White, Lesley and Tammy Williams

Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards ($10,000*)

  • Emily Craven
  • Sam George-Allen
  • Anna Jacobson
  • Michelle Law
  • Andrew McMillen

*Winners of this award also receive $2,500 each worth of professional development

University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($10,000)

  • Ghost River, Tony Birch
  • Between a Wolf and A Dog, Georgia Blain
  • The Midnight Watch, David Dyer
  • One, Patrick Holland
  • The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood

University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award ($10,000)

  • Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, Madeline Gleeson
  • Talking to My Country, Stan Grant
  • Second Half First, Drusilla Modjeska
  • Island Home, Tim Winton
  • Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger, Fiona Wright

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($10,000)

  • The Sidekicks, Will Kostakis
  • Dreaming the Enemy, David Metzenthen
  • The Stars at October Bend, Glenda Millard
  • One Thousand Hills, James Roy and Noël Zihabamwe
  • One Would Think the Deep, Claire Zorn

Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($10,000)

  • Suri’s Wall, Lucy Estela & Matt Ottley
  • How the Sun Got to Coco’s House, Bob Graham
  • Incredibilia, Libby Hathorn & Gaye Chapman
  • KidGlovz, Julie Hunt & Dale Newman
  • Me, Teddy, Chris McKimmie

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)

  • Armenia, Australia and the Great War, Vicken Babkenien & Peter Stanley
  • Australia’s Boldest Experiment, Stuart Macintyre
  • The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network, Julia Martinez and Adrian Vickers
  • Unseen Anzac, Jeff Maynard
  • The oldest foods on earth, John Newton
  • Gay Sydney, Garry Wotherspoon

University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)

  • Six Bedrooms, Tegan Bennett Daylight
  • An Astronaut’s Life, Sonja Dechian
  • A Few Days in the Country and other stories, Elizabeth Harrower
  • Portable Curiosities, Julie Koh
  • The High Places, Fiona McFarlane

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)

  • Year of the Wasp, Joel Deane
  • Content, Liam Ferney
  • The Hazards, Sarah Holland-Batt
  • The Anatomy of Voice, David Musgrave
  • Not Fox Nor Axe, Chloe Wilson

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award ($10,000)

  • Dancing Home, Paul Collis
  • Song of Jessica, B.A. Quakawoot
  • 67 Days, Yvonne Weldon

Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award ($10,000*)

  • The Boatman, H.E. Crampton
  • The Elements, Laura Elvery

*Finalists of this award receive $3,000 each worth of editorial development, sponsored by Claire Booth

The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)

  • Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style, Nadia Buick and Madeleine King
  • All Fall Down, Matt Condon
  • Day Boy, Trent Jamieson
  • The Landing, Susan Johnson
  • Swimming Home, Mary-Rose MacColl
  • The Promise Seed, Cass Moriarty
  • Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane, Elspeth Muir
  • Dying: A Memoir, Cory Taylor (non-fiction)

The winner of The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award is determined by public vote, which is open from Friday 26 August and closes Monday 26 September 2016. Readers can vote at qldliteraryawards.org.au

1 Mar 2016

4.5 metre architectural pavilion rises up at State Library

4.5 metre architectural pavilion rises up at State Library

Brisbane will be the first Australian city to host a touring architectural installation designed by world renowned Vietnamese Vo Trong Nghia Architects.

As part of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s (SCAF) Fugitive Structures series, a gridded bamboo structure with a floating transparent ceiling will be unveiled today at the entrance to State Library of Queensland (SLQ) to mark the opening of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF).

The pavilion will be on display for the duration of the two week forum and will remain until 15 May, before it moves to SCAF’s courtyard garden in Sydney.

Tailored specifically for the SLQ site, the pavilion is the fourth iteration of an annual architectural installation presented by SCAF.

Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier Mark Ryan said the impressive structure over the main entrance provided a fitting welcome to a gathering of some of the region’s leading architects.

“Grafting a fresh, unusual structure onto the old, gives the entrance a new look that will attract the attention of visitors and increase interest in Brisbane’s buildings,” Mr Ryan said.  “Expressive architecture like this is a luxury and we are fortunate to have it in Queensland first, so I encourage everyone to see this work before it moves on.”

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said SLQ was delighted to partner with SCAF to bring the work of Vo Trong Nghia Architects to a new Australian audience.

“It’s a real coup for State Library through the Asia Pacific Design Library to host an installation of this calibre,” Mrs Cooper said. “Vo’s integration of local materials and traditional skills with contemporary aesthetics and modern approaches aligns perfectly with the forum’s exploration of how new world cities are responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Asian century through architecture.”

“It’s my hope the pavilion provides a talking point for our visitors and inspires robust discussion about architecture’s role in the region.”

Dr Gene Sherman, Executive Director of SCAF said the pavilion’s design centres around two central pillars of Vo Trong Nghia’s approach to architecture.

“The work demonstrates Vo’s innovative use of bamboo, and his passion – and self imposed duty – to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation,” Dr Sherman said.

“Vo pushes the limits of a strong, lightweight and highly sustainable traditional building material. He aims to increase bio-diversity and to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment.”

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10am today. Interviews and photo opportunities will be available.

Media enquiries
SLQ Communications, 07 3842 9847, communications@slq.qld.gov.au

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

29 Aug 2016

Australia’s largest collection of Bee Gees memorabilia comes home to Queensland

Australia’s largest collection of Bee Gees memorabilia comes home to Queensland

The immortality of the Bee Gees lives on at State Library of Queensland thanks to a generous donation to the Queensland Library Foundation (the Foundation).

Secured from a private collector in Melbourne, Victoria, the collection comprises more than 370 items and includes all three Bee Gees Australian releases, scrap books, merchandise and every Australian album cover of Barry Gibb’s 1963–67 songs (bar three records), as well as a hand taped song Barry wrote but never recorded from the same period.

This collection is regarded as Australia’s most comprehensive and significant collection of Bee Gees albums and memorabilia.

“State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is thrilled to have received these materials through the efforts of the Foundation,” State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said.

“This collection will prove an invaluable resource for music historians, researchers and fans alike,” Mrs Cooper said.

“State Library’s music collection is one of our fastest growing reference sections and this acquisition will greatly enhance the library’s content of Queensland music which has influenced the local, national and international music scenes.”

Queensland is where it all started for the trio, with the Gibb brothers signing their first music contract on the kitchen table of their Redcliffe home and playing their first gig, in 1958, at the Redcliffe Speedway.

“The Bee Gees have a remarkable connection to Queensland, so it’s very exciting to receive these artefacts — reflective of an extraordinary Queensland story — to preserve for future generations and share with Queenslanders today,” Mrs Cooper said.

The Queensland Library Foundation will host a special free event on 1 September to celebrate the acquisition with presenter Loretta Ryan, SLQ Music Curator Laurel Dingle, and an open discussion with Brisbane radio announcer of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Bill Gates.

1 September 2016 is a noteworthy day for the Gibb family: it’s the anniversary of the day they arrived in Australia from the UK, the 50th anniversary of the release of the Spicks and Specks album and more significantly, Barry Gibb’s 70th birthday.

Stayin’ Alive: the Bee Gees collection presentation
Thursday 1 September, 6pm–7pm
SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2
Free, bookings required www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct, South Bank
For more information about this event, please contact foundation@slq.qld.gov.au.

Media enquiries:
Communications, State Library of Queensland
communications@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9847

30 May 2016

Awards deadline looms for Australia’s finest writers – only a few days to go

Awards deadline looms for Australia’s finest writers – only a few days to go

Authors have just four days to nominate for the prestigious 2016 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships, which close on 3 June 2016.

The QLAs recognise the literary achievements of Queensland and Australian writers, celebrating and promoting contemporary Australian writing. Awards are presented in a range of categories and include development awards and mentorship prizes for young and emerging writers.

State Library of Queensland’s Manager for Reading & Writing, Kate Eltham said, programs such as the QLA showcase the depth of creativity in Queensland’s talented writers.

“These awards create critical opportunities and recognition for emerging writers to develop work for publication and secure careers in the creative industries. Authors will gain invaluable exposure to a judging panel of experts from the writing, publishing and journalism sectors.”

“We’ve seen the Awards continue to attract the highest calibre of literature across Australia, such as works by distinguished and highly celebrated authors Joan London and J.M. Coetzee, as well as the talents of debut authors like Ellen van Neerven,” she said.

The QLA play an important role in discovering local Australian writers and sharing their work with international audiences.

“Apart from the awards open to all Australians, we also offer two exclusive award categories for Queensland writers; two Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards, and the Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Awards. Queensland Writers Fellowships, worth $15,000, are also awarded to three Queensland writers each year for professional development,” Kate said.

Nominations for the Queensland Literary Awards close on 3 June 2016 and nomination forms and further information can be found at www.qldliteraryawards.org.au. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2016.

State Library of Queensland leads the way in nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas, and pays tribute to the many organisations that support and champion the Queensland Literary Awards. Key QLA partners include the Queensland Government, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail.

Media enquiries:
Julie Fullerton, SLQ Communications
0467 55 00 29 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

Nominations for the 2016 awards are being sought in the following categories:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards x 2 , each to the value of $12 500
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($10,000)
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)
    * Queensland Writers Fellowships x 3, each to the value of $15,000

Past - 2015 Queensland Literary Award Winners

QLA winners 2015

2015 QLA winners from left to right: Carolyn Holbrook, John Larkin, Elizabeth Kasmer, Meg McKinlay, Rebecca Jessen, Andrew Booth, Libby Connors, John Ahern and Joan London.

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance: Warrior by Libby Connors
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award: The Golden Age by Joan London
  • University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award: The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia by Don Watson
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award: The Pause by John Larkin
  • Griffith University Children's Book Award: A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award: ANZAC, The Unauthorised Biography by Carolyn Holbrook
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award: Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award: Waiting for the Past by Les Murray
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award: The First Octoroon or Report of an Experimental Child by Andrew Booth
  • Emerging Queensland Writer Manuscript Award: Aurora by Elizabeth Kasmer
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards: Megan McGrath, Rebecca Jessen
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year: On the Road… with Kids by John Ahern
  • Queensland Writers Fellowships - Inga Simpson, Krissy Kneen and Karen Foxlee

1 Dec 2016

Be a holiday hero with the Summer Reading Club

Be a holiday hero with the Summer Reading Club

Unleash your imagination these school holidays with the annual Summer Reading Club, kicking off today online and in 1,082 public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres across the country.

Created for children and young people aged 6 to 17, the Summer Reading Club is a free national program led by State Library of Queensland (SLQ) designed to instil a love of libraries and reading.

This year’s theme, Heroes and Villains, allows participants to explore the conventions associated with super and everyday heroes — and their villainous counterparts — through a range of exciting interactive reading activities and games.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said it was important to keep young minds switched on over the summer holiday period.

“The Summer Reading Club supports continued literacy development in reading, writing, creative arts and digital technology skills through fun learning activities,” Ms Enoch said.

“Reading stories broadens our understanding and stimulates creative thinking by inviting us into new worlds and sharing different perspectives.”

“Stories have the power to help children develop ideas and imagine what might be possible – exactly what we want for our entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” she said.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the Summer Reading Club was an engaging way for libraries to combat the learning loss often experienced by children over the long summer holiday period.

“The Summer Reading Club helps ignite the learning habit, encouraging children to read for pleasure and create, even while they’re not at school,” Ms McDonald said.

The Heroes and Villains theme will see participants exploring a range of genres including myths and legends, speculative fiction, fantasy fiction, and wuxia, a genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China.

“This year club members will explore the concepts of right and wrong, power and responsibility, and self-control and self-mastery by engaging with a variety of traditional and non-traditional heroes and heroines through fun activities online and in local libraries,” Ms McDonald said.

Participants can blog with Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs and popular children’s author Deborah Abela, search for answers to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s sponsored quiz, craft a ‘what happens next’ story ending to Mick Elliot’s story starter, share book raves and artwork, win great prizes, and lots more.

“Summer Reading Club members can also meet 21 new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative hints and tips and preview their newly release titles,” Ms McDonald said.

“SLQ is delighted to champion this fantastic program again in 2016.”

More than 48,000 children registered with the Summer Reading Club in 2015, reading around 333,000 books last summer.

To join the Club, register online at summerreadingclub.org.au or visit your local public library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association and the Australian Public Library Alliance.

Summer Reading Club
1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017
Join at your local public library or participate online at summerreadingclub.org.au

Media enquiries:
Melanie Pennisi, SLQ Communications | communications@slq.qld.gov.au | 3842 9847

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

15 Nov 2016

Celebrate Indigenous culture and community at State Library

Celebrate Indigenous culture and community at State Library

Indigenous artistic practices and culture will be celebrated this Friday with workshops, performances and festivities at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

This event closes the Art of the Skins exhibition program which is part of ongoing project revitalising the Aboriginal cultural practice of possum skin cloak making in south-east Queensland.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the project is one of Queensland’s most significant cultural resurgence projects.

Art of the Skins has not only contributed to Aboriginal cultural revitalisation in south-east Queensland, but has created new histories of our state which will be preserved for, and shared with future Queenslanders,” Ms McDonald said.

“We invite all members of the community for their last chance to see this unique exhibition and participate in a day of events to learn, share skills and stories, and to experience the remarkable legacy of Art of the Skins.”

At the closing celebration Indigenous artists will host special workshops inspired by Aboriginal cultural traditions.

Everyone is invited to participate in workshops to learn traditional rope making and weaving using natural fibres, or create a possum skin wristband (bookings required, $10 per person).

Facilitators include Carol McGregor and Glennys Briggs, lead artists for Art of the Skins, and leaders in the field of possum skin cloak making and its history.

In the evening the exhibition gallery space will feature free performances of spoken poetry, contemporary dance and live music.

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for the full day’s program and to make a booking for the workshops.

Art of the Skins began in June 2015 with community consultation in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, culminating in the production of six possum skin cloaks representing the Aboriginal communities and individuals by whom they were created.

The exhibition is open at SLQ, South Bank until Sunday 20 November, with the ongoing online showcase available at slq.qld.gov.au/showcase/artoftheskins.

The Queensland College of Art and the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research provided sponsorship for a commemorative Art of the Skins catalogue for exhibition contributors and artists.

Possum skins used in the project are legally and ethically sourced from New Zealand.

Media enquiries
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
communications@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9084

12 Mar 2016

Celebration of female Indigenous identities in new art exhibition

Celebration of female Indigenous identities in new art exhibition

A new exhibition at State Library of Queensland will celebrate identity and image through larger than life portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch today launched Black Velvet: your label, a solo exhibition by inaugural kuril dhagun Artist in Residence Boneta-Marie Mabo.

Black Velvet features four oil painting portraits of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander women, alongside five striking life-sized sculptures of women emerging from black velvet, a metaphor for Indigenous women escaping the labels placed on them.

Rather than reclaiming or endorsing the derogatory term ‘black velvet’, Boneta-Marie aims to build awareness, and calls for acknowledgement, hope and change.

Minister Enoch said the exhibition drew attention to ongoing contemporary issues for Indigenous women in Queensland and across Australia.

“Through her artwork, Boneta-Marie honours the self-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, giving them a voice that was historically denied,” Ms Enoch said.

The new body of works showcased in Black Velvet were developed after Boneta-Marie’s 2015 residency in kuril dhagun, where the artist worked within the theme, ‘unsettled’.

State Librarian Sonia Cooper said Boneta-Marie’s work demonstrated the immense potential of the Artist in Residence program.

“SLQ is proud to be able to offer this level of support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and to work with them in this way,” she said.

“This program is an opportunity for Indigenous artists throughout Queensland to use their individual and cultural knowledge to shed new light on SLQ’s collections,” Mrs Cooper said.

Through her research into the library’s original materials and collections, Boneta-Marie discovered historical portraits of Indigenous women, referred to with derogatory terms such as ‘black velvet’ in place of names.

Boneta-Marie said that after seeing countless unnamed women, often in imposed domestic duty roles, it brought home the fact these Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women weren’t valued as part of Australian society.

“This led me to create a series of works to celebrate our identities and create a positive representation of us that isn’t often seen in mainstream art,” Boneta-Marie said.

“The sculptures celebrate the black woman’s body and the black velvet material used is a visual representation of the labels forced upon us that are not our identity.”

Black Velvet: your label is a free exhibition that will be on display in kuril dhagun at State Library of Queensland until 29 May 2016.

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

9 Apr 2016

Discover Queensland’s keepsakes of the First World War

Discover Queensland’s keepsakes of the First World War

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has opened its latest Treasures Wall display, Keepsakes of War as part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program.

The display showcases items from SLQ’s First World War collections, such as souvenirs and postcards, preserved as tangible reminders of Queensland’s wartime experience.

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said that the items on display provide an insight into the unique social and cultural climate that was fostered in Queensland during and after the First World War.

“While the items displayed in Keepsakes of War can never paint a complete picture, they can reveal private experiences and, as a collection, these personal mementos can provide a greater understanding of how Queenslanders experienced the First World War, both at home and overseas,” Mrs Cooper said.

“From service badges and memorial medallions to souvenir wall hangings and cushion covers from Egypt, this display goes beyond the battlefront and home front histories, and focuses on the personal stories of dozens of Queenslanders who experienced the war first hand.”

The SLQ Treasures Wall will feature a different themed exhibition for every year of the Centenary of the First World War and provides an opportunity to explore and expose different aspects of Queensland’s war time experience.

SLQ and the John Oxley Library are the custodians of the state’s First World War history and these displays allow some of the precious collection items to be viewed, while providing greater context and understanding of how the First World War impacted Queenslanders.

Keepsakes of War is part of SLQ’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Keepsakes of War
9 April 2016 – 26 March 2017
Treasures Wall, Level 4, SLQ

Media enquiries:
Hillary Bell | 07 3842 9864 | hillary.bell@slq.qld.gov.au
State Library of Queensland Communications

12 Apr 2016

Explore Queensland’s First World War stories from the home front

Explore Queensland’s First World War stories from the home front

Join Australia’s leading historical and cultural commentators to discuss how the lives of Queenslanders were impacted at home during the First World War at State Library of Queensland’s upcoming symposium On the Home Front.

On the Home Front is a free, thought-provoking forum that explores the changing social, political and cultural landscape that shaped Queensland during and after the war years.

Commencing with a welcome function and keynote address on Tuesday 10 May, the full day symposium on Wednesday 11 May will feature individual presentations and panel discussions from historians, academics, and writers.

Keynote speakers Professor Joan Beaumont and Professor Mick Dodson will share their unique perspectives on the largely untold stories of the First World War. Led by MC and facilitator Ian Townsend, author and journalist, speakers will discuss the intersecting social, political and cultural narratives that shaped the way war was perceived and experienced by families, communities and other social groups at home.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said it was important to foster a greater understanding of the home front experiences for future generations of Queenslanders.

“The ‘real’ history of the First World War is seen to have taken place in other countries – on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Fromelles and Villers-Bretonneux – rather than in the local communities of Bundaberg, Brisbane and Charters Towers,” Ms Enoch said.

“Understanding Queensland’s home front history gives us a more complete picture of our shared history. On the Home Front offers the opportunity to engage with a variety of perspectives which will help us to better understand Queensland’s experience of the First World War.”

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the Queensland home front stories reflect a divided society impacted by brutal, faraway war.

On the Home Front symposium aims to connect, understand and honour those that experienced the First World War at home,” Mrs Cooper said.

“It’s important for us in 2016 to connect with the untold histories and stories that were experienced by individuals, social groups and communities. To understand and remember how women lived their lives with loss, how Indigenous families never saw their son’s or husband’s pay or medals, or how the German community was persecuted, is to truly honour the sacrifice made by those at home during the First World War.”

For more information and to register for the free symposium, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on.

On the Home Front is part of SLQ’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

On the Home Front
State Library of Queensland
Free, bookings required

Tue 10 May, 6pm–8.30pm
Keynote address and welcome function

Wed 11 May, 8.30am–3.30pm
Presentations and panel discussions, incl. morning tea and lunch

Interview opportunities:
Keynote speaker (Tue 10 May)
Professor Joan Beaumont, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University and author of Broken Nation: Australian and the Great War

Keynote speaker (Wed 11 May)
Professor Mick Dodson, Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University

Media enquiries:
Cinnamon Watson, Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au
Photos available upon request

8 Aug 2016

Free public event: Wills and Bequests seminar

Free public event: Wills and Bequests seminar

It’s incredible to think that over half of all adult Australians don’t have a valid Will, yet most of us have firm ideas about what we’d like to happen with our assets when we’re no longer here.

To help start the conversation and take the mystery out of Wills and Bequests the Queensland Library Foundation is partnering with de Groots wills and estate lawyers to host a free public information seminar at State Library of Queensland on Thursday, August 18.

Presented by Special Counsel Dr John de Groot, this seminar will cover the different ways of making a Will, the costs involved, what you need to consider and bring along to meetings and how to leave a legacy. There will also be time at the end of the session for questions.

A Will is a legal document that details how you would like your estate distributed and nominates the person who will be responsible for that distribution when you die. If you die without a Will you risk your estate not being distributed in the way you wish which can lead to family conflict, an extra burden at a time of grief and stress, and additional expense to finalise your estate.

The seminar will also look at Bequests and how your legacy can continue to achieve great things long after you’re gone.

“As a community it’s important we have these conversations and discuss the inevitable,” said Dr de Groot, a long-time supporter of State Library of Queensland and donor to the Queensland Library Foundation. “It’s good to be organised and a Will can be as simple or complex as you like. By being informed and making a conscious decision about your assets, you can not only benefit your loved ones, but the broader community for many years.”

State Librarian and CEO, Mrs Sonia Cooper said, “I’m thrilled we’re able to offer this event through the work of Queensland Library Foundation at no cost to the public. Making these types of events freely available is important so anyone from the community can have their questions answered”.

“The Queensland Library Foundation raises funds to maintain, enhance and expand the Library’s collections, facilities and services on behalf of State Library of Queensland,” said Mrs Cooper.

“Donations to Queensland Library Foundation help connect people to information and the Wills and Bequests seminar is one of these services. Making a Will is a very personal process but can be relatively simple with the right advice.”

For more information about the free public Wills and Bequests seminar, contact foundation@slq.qld.gov.au.

Media contact:
Kate Allen | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

Event:  Wills and bequests public information seminar
Date:   Thursday, August 18
Time:   2.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue: Auditorium 2, Level 2 - State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Cost:  Free – bookings required at slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

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

1 Mar 2016

Inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum Opens

Inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum Opens

Leading architects from across the region have gathered in Brisbane today for the opening of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF), an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The two-week forum designed for architecture enthusiasts, professionals, educators and students includes a program of exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops, and a one-day symposium featuring leading practitioners from the region.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the forum opens discussion on the way new-world cities are responding to the opportunities and challenges of the Asian century.

“For the next fortnight, leading architects from across the Asia Pacific region have the opportunity to discuss how their profession can innovate in the face of unprecedented growth,” Ms Enoch said.
“Budding designers can also benefit from the program with the Little Designers workshop allowing children to learn about design and architecture through play.”

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said she is excited that SLQ will be the hub to show architecture’s pivotal role in the culture, sustainability and economy of the region.

“We’re entering an exciting era for creativity and growth, and I am delighted SLQ is partnering with Architecture Media to play a role in shaping our future cities,” she said.

Architecture Media’s Editorial Director, Cameron Bruhn, said the forum provides opportunities for a dynamic collaboration between business, government, institutions and associations.

“The stimulating program of events will celebrate contemporary architecture and anticipate its exciting future. Over the course of the next two weeks, participants will engage in a timely conversation about architecture from across the region and Queensland's important contribution to its culture," Mr Bruhn said.

Highlights of the Forum include: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s Green Ladder pavilion, designed by award-winning Vietnamese Vo Trong Nghia Architects, which aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment; 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 international 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 the University of Queensland School of Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects and Artisan; in association with QAGOMA — 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Inspiring Australia and Maison & Objet Asia.

For further information, including the full program and booking details, visit aparchitectureforum.com

Media enquiries

SLQ Communications, 07 3842 9847, communications@slq.qld.gov.au

20 Jun 2016

Mr Chicken comes to State Library

Mr Chicken comes to State Library

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) will be a-buzz with little people from tomorrow, kicking off with workshops by Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs.

As part of Out of the Box children’s festival, Hobbs, a popular children’s author and illustrator, will deliver character development workshops for children eight years and younger bringing his well-known Mr Chicken character as inspiration.

Original artwork featuring Mr Chicken at iconic Queensland landmarks will form a playscape in SLQ’s Knowledge Walk for the duration of the festival.

Through Hobbs’ illustrations, the almost lovable Mr Chicken can be seen on tour around the state – from the Wheel of Brisbane and the Big Pineapple to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforest.

State Librarian, Sonia Cooper said SLQ’s involvement in Out of the Box sees thousands of the smallest members of the community flood through the precinct for fun, free and affordable activities.

“State Library will be bustling with activities and workshops not only for Out of the Box, but right through to until the end of the winter school holidays,” Mrs Cooper said.

“This is a great opportunity to fire up young imaginations and expose children and their families to high quality literary and creative experiences,” she said.

Children’s activities will run over the eight day festival and throughout the winter school holidays.

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 their own puppet characters.

SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library is also getting involved with a Little Designers workshop (for ages 4–8, bookings required), which will introduce young minds to special and interior design 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. Workshops range from filmmaking, LED and origami art to robotics.

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

10 Jun 2016

New State Librarian for Queensland

New State Librarian for Queensland

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch has today announced the appointment of the new State Library of Queensland State Librarian and CEO.

Minister Enoch welcomed Vicki McDonald, an experienced senior executive with extensive experience in the library sector, state and local governments and tertiary education, to the role.

Ms McDonald’s appointment as State Librarian and CEO of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) renews a relationship that started in 2001, when she was seconded from Brisbane City Council to SLQ as Acting Director Policy Development, progressing to the position of Director Client Services and Collections from 2002 to 2009.

For the past three years, Ms McDonald has been engaged as Executive Director Library and Information Services at State Library of NSW (SLNSW) where she managed the Library’s collections valued at $3.14 billion.

Prior to SLNSW, Ms McDonald was Associate Director Library Services at QUT where she led the Library’s client services and learning support functions.

“Ms McDonald understands the key role that SLQ has in supporting regional libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres throughout this state,” Ms Enoch said.

“Her earlier career in local government and libraries in regional areas provides her with a first-hand understanding of this important role.”

Chair of the Library Board of Queensland, Professor Jan Thomas also welcomed the appointment.

“Due to her previous connection with SLQ, Ms McDonald has respect for and feels an affinity with the organisation, so she is excited by this opportunity to lead this dynamic institution,” Professor Thomas said.

“The Library Board of Queensland would like to thank Mrs Sonia Cooper for her leadership over the past eight months as interim State Librarian and CEO, and her commitment to the vital work of the State Library and in particular leading the continuing implementation of the Hunter Review Report Action Plan.”

Minister Enoch also acknowledged Mrs Sonia Cooper for her stewardship of SLQ since late 2015.

“I’d like to thank Mrs Cooper for her dedication and leadership,” she said.

“I look forward to SLQ continuing to deliver innovation in library services throughout the state and making a difference in the lives of all Queenslanders.”

Mrs Cooper will continue in the role until Ms McDonald takes up the appointment in September.

Media enquiries:
Alison Sharp, SLQ Communications
Communications@slq.qld.gov.au

28 Jun 2016

New take on historic Indigenous practice now showing at State Library

New take on historic Indigenous practice now showing at State Library

In a new major exhibition at State Library of Queensland, an age-old cloak-making technique has been revitalised and given a contemporary spin.

Art of the Skins, a large-scale project initiated by Wathaurung woman Carol McGregor and Taungwurrung-Yorta Yorta woman Glennys Briggs, invites visitors to explore the beauty, tradition and artistry of possum skin cloaks through contemporary community works.

Six intricately decorated and meticulously stitched together cloaks made from possum skins form the cornerstone of the exhibition, which reveals rich stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, past and present.

Inspired by a practice last known to be active around 150 years ago, the cloaks were created with the help of more than 120 Indigenous artists and community members using a combination of contemporary and traditional techniques.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition showcases the strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and continues a rich legacy for future generations.

“There’s been broad community support for this project with internationally renowned Aboriginal artists, Elders, children, families and community leaders involved in the creation of the cloaks,” Ms Enoch said.

“Community members with ties to the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane have banded together to contribute to this exhibition – making it one of the largest resurgence projects of its kind in this country.”

Researcher Carol McGregor, who coordinated the cloak-making workshops, said the project came about after creating and wearing her family’s possum skin cloak as a way to connect to her great-grandmother.

Ms McGregor said she saw the cloaks as authoritative mediums for healing, cultural renewal and reclamation and began investigating the material culture of possum skin cloaks and rugs in South East Queensland.

“It then became essential to share and empower the whole community with this knowledge along with the skills involved with cloak making,” she said.

“The need to tell our own stories is an important form of resistance and this artform celebrates our stories and survival,” she said.

Exhibition curator, Freja Carmichael, a descendant of the Ngugi people, Quandamooka Country, said the cloaks form an important oral history for Aboriginal communities.

“The cloaks embody an array of cultural stories – each important and unique – reinforcing that our people maintain a strong connection to family and environment,” Ms Carmichael said.

“The collaborative process has also provided Indigenous communities an opportunity to share, learn and create stories of Country together.

Art of the Skins will be an engaging exhibition and events program which supports State Library’s 2016 theme of belonging.”

Visitors to the exhibition will get up close and personal with the stories and cultural identity that are captured and imprinted into this unique form of clothing.

The possum skin cloaks will be gifted to the communities who created them at a ceremony held after the exhibition closes.

Possum skins used in the project are ethically sourced from New Zealand.

Art of the Skins is free and open in SLQ gallery and kuril dhagun at State Library of Queensland until 20 November. Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/belonging for more details.

29 Jul 2016

Queensland Business History Award recipient announced

Queensland Business History Award recipient announced

Architectural firm Conrad Gargett has been awarded the 2016 Queensland Business History Award, presented by the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch at last night’s Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.

The Queensland Business History Award – offered by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School as part of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame partnership – recognises leadership in collecting, preserving and sharing business history.

Ms Enoch said preserving business history was important for future generations to understand the significant role business has played in shaping Queensland’s history.

“This annual award celebrates the importance of good record keeping and preservation and acknowledges companies that protect and promote their corporate history and heritage collections as part of Queensland’s memory,” Ms Enoch said.

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the active leadership shown by Conrad Gargett to not only preserve their history, but to make it actively accessible was to be commended.

“This year’s recipient, Conrad Gargett, is one of the state’s oldest architectural firms. Founded in Brisbane in 1890, the award-winning company started life as HW Atkinson, and received its first award for the design of the Brisbane Head Fire Station.” Mrs Cooper said.

“Conrad Gargett, through an active publication programme and partnerships with the university and heritage sectors, has promoted an awareness and appreciation of Queensland’s architecture across all periods.”

History is important to Conrad Gargett.  Their historical items include architectural drawings, architectural models, photographs, 120th anniversary book, ephemera, film, correspondence and ledgers.

Conrad Gargett have provided an impressive example for architectural and Queensland businesses on how to record and preserve history through the generations. Their historical items have a very public presence with a number of drawings and models of iconic building projects being displayed in Conrad Gargett’s head office as well as being donated for use in exhibitions at State Library of Queensland and Museum of Brisbane.

For more information on the award and the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame visit www.halloffame.slq.qld.gov.au

Media enquiries:
Kate Allen, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7897 | Communications@slq.qld.gov.au

26 Apr 2016

Queensland Literary Awards open for nominations to celebrate home grown writing talent

Queensland Literary Awards open for nominations to celebrate home grown writing talent

Australian authors are encouraged to nominate for the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said programs such as the Queensland Literary Awards showcase the depth of creativity in Queensland’s talented writers.

“As a former English teacher and an avid reader, I’m thrilled to see the vibrancy of our state’s literary talent,” Ms Enoch said.

“State Library of Queensland leads the way in nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas in Queensland – something that is critical to driving an innovative and inclusive community.

“Through hosting these awards, State Library is creating opportunities for emerging writers to develop work for publication and secure careers in the creative industries.

“The QLA play an important role in discovering local writers and sharing their work with international audiences.”

CEO and State Librarian Mrs Sonia Cooper paid tribute to the many organisations that support and champion the Queensland Literary Awards.

“We are grateful to have the continued support of key QLA partners including The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” Mrs Cooper said.

Nominations for the 2016 awards are being sought in the following categories:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($10,000)
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)

The Awards also encompass the Queensland Writers Fellowships, worth $15,000, awarded to three Queensland writers each year for professional development.

Nominations for the Queensland Literary Awards close on 3 June 2016. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

For more information about the Queensland Literary Awards and Queensland Writers Fellowships or to access nomination forms, see www.qldliteraryawards.org.au

Media enquiries:
Kate Allen, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7897 | kate.allen@slq.qld.gov.au

10 Jun 2016

Queensland’s memory continues to grow with 2016 award winners

Queensland’s memory continues to grow with 2016 award winners

The State Library of Queensland last night announced the recipients of the Queensland Memory Awards at a ceremony held on site and hosted by award winning journalist Trent Dalton.

CEO and State Librarian Sonia Cooper said: “The Queensland Memory awards which are proudly supported by the Queensland Library Foundation are celebrated each year to acknowledge excellence in research and the creation of new knowledge about Queensland’s history. The seven awards or fellowships collectively offer a prize pool in access of $100,000.”

The 2016 Award winners are:

  • 2016 John Oxley Library Award ($5,000) – Kim Wilson
    This award recognises excellence and innovation in the recording of Queensland history by individuals and was awarded to Ms Wilson for initiating and leading the Brisbane Art Deco Project.
  • 2016 John Oxley Library Community History Award ($5,000) - Cairns Museum and Historical Society
    Through its museum programs, library and archive, photographic collection, Society publications and newly developed web portal, the Cairns Museum and Historical Society is committed to bringing the stories of Cairns and the region to life. The Society operates the Cairns Museum, the Cairns Historical Society Research Centre and the History on the Move School Trailer program.
  • Letty Katts Award ($5000) – John Willsteed
    Through the resources in the John Oxley Library, Mr Willsteed’s project ‘Street Life: Posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975-1995’ will contribute new knowledge to Queensland’s music heritage.
    Posters lend themselves to being both background to stories and memory triggers for audiences allowing development of bigger stories about the music scene – about bands and audiences, about Brisbane and South-east’s cultural history.
  • John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000) – Lorann Downer
    Ms Downer was selected from a strong field of over 40 applicants and will focus her research around political ephemera in Queensland from 1915 to 2015.  She will offer a fresh perspective on politics in Queensland while showcasing some of the rich collections of the John Oxley Library.
  • Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellowships (4 x $15,000)

    Victoria Carless, a playwright and novelist will research the untold stories of Australian deserters during the First World War.

    Ursula Cleary will bring the iconic story of Annie Margaret Wheeler, known as the ‘Mother of Queenslanders’, to a wider audience.  As a Queenslander abroad ‘Mother Wheeler’ corresponded with thousands of Queensland soldiers and their families during the First World War giving them comfort, hope and reassurance.

    Mark Cryle’s project aims to fill a gap in the historical record of memorialising the First World War as he explores the written artefacts of women experiencing grief and loss during the war years.

    Maria Quirk will focus on one family’s experience of the First World War to tell the broader and more significant story of Queensland’s early feminist movement and our pioneering women.
  • Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000) – Dr Toni Risson
    Dr Risson’s research project spans a 100 year period from 1880 to 1980, when Greek migrant families operated thousands of shops in city streets and country towns right across Australia. These shops evolved from late nineteenth-century oyster saloons to the modern milk bars of the 1960s and 70s.  Although most have long since disappeared they undoubtedly left a legacy of success.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, Leeanne Enoch said State Library of Queensland through the John Oxley Library offered fantastic opportunities for further research into our history.

“These research initiatives play an important part in shaping our future and revealing new things about our identity as people and communities living in Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.

“The winners of these awards are to be congratulated and indeed celebrated for their contribution to Queensland’s memory."

“Very often historians and researchers’ work go unnoticed by the general public, but through these awards we hope to open more doors into our rich and varied history and invite people to come in and join us.”

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

6 Oct 2016

Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Creative Fellowship applications closing soon

Time is running out for artists’ books makers to apply for a Creative Fellowship with the Australian Library of Art at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

Generously funded by the Siganto Foundation through the Queensland Library Foundation, the Creative Fellowship provides the opportunity for an artists’ books maker to create a new work, drawing inspiration from SLQ’s collections.

The Fellowship winner will be awarded a stipend of $9,000, and will receive specialist support from research librarians as well as priority access to SLQ’s collections.

The new work will form part of the nationally significant collection of artists’ books housed in the Australian Library of Art at SLQ.

State Librarian and CEO Ms Vicki McDonald said she valued the continued support from the Siganto Foundation.

“Not only does the Fellowship program offer a professional development opportunity to a talented artists’ books maker, the new work will enhance SLQ’s collections and provide a tangible reflection on Queensland’s memory to be enjoyed and treasured now and into the future,” Ms McDonald said.

“It is incredible to see items from our collections reimagined to take a new life and form through an artists’ book — a creative outlet for expression, reflection and comment.”

Marian Crawford, the winner of the 2015 Creative Fellowship, used her time as a Creative Fellow to revisit and, in a way, remake memories and events from her childhood on the remote central Pacific Ocean island, Banaba, through her project Banaba/Ocean: picturing the island.

“The Siganto Fellowship provided time and funding for me to explore the resources in SLQ’s collections, and my visits to the Neil Roberts Research Room were bibliographic feasts,” Ms Crawford said.

“I found many books and images that gave me new insights into my recollections of my tropical childhood as I researched Pacific Ocean cultures and their histories, the field of island studies, and the many stories of colonialism.”

Ms Crawford said her time as Creative Fellow at SLQ was enriching and positive.

“I felt enormously privileged to be embraced and welcomed by the friendly staff and the lovely building,” Ms Crawford said.

“What a beautiful place it is — and how I love librarians!”

Applications for the 2016–2017 Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Creative Fellowship are open now to artists’ books makers within Australia, and close at 5pm sharp on Thursday 13 October 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards.

Media enquiries:
SLQ Communications
communications@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9847

19 Aug 2016

SLQ encourages parents to make reading with little ones top priority this Children’s Book Week

SLQ encourages parents to make reading with little ones top priority this Children’s Book Week

In the lead up to Children’s Book Week (20 – 26 August), the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) in partnership with public libraries across the state will highlight the importance of book sharing with babies and young children.

As part of the First 5 Forever initiative, parents and carers are encouraged to read with their children and benefit from free state-wide literacy activities available at their local library.

The four-year $20 million program, now in its second year, supports parents and primary caregivers of children aged 0–5 to be their child’s first and most important educator through simple everyday activities like reading, singing, playing and talking.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch says the First 5 Forever program provides parents, grandparents and caregivers with the information, skills and tools needed to support their child’s early language and literacy development.

“It’s about giving Queensland kids the greatest chance to succeed, something which has flow on benefits for the whole community, Ms Enoch said.

“Research shows that spending time in the early years talking, playing and reading has the most positive impact on literacy and success in school.”

“Families have endless opportunities each day to interact with their children and provide the best opportunities for learning.”

State Librarian, Mrs Sonia Cooper says First 5 Forever breaks down some community misconceptions about what’s important in early childhood.

“Parents want to do what’s best for their kids, but it can be difficult to navigate what’s really needed when there’s a barrage of competing messages,” Mrs Cooper said.

“Many parents think you need to spend a lot of money to give children the best learning experiences, or that learning can wait until children start school, but in fact it’s the simple everyday interactions and exchanges that make a huge difference and are proven to have the biggest impact over time,” she said.

“That’s why we’re really excited to be part of this program – something that gets back to basics and empowers parents and caregivers to be confident as their child’s first and foremost educator.”

“I’d encourage all Queensland parents, grandparents and caregivers to check what free First 5 Forever activities and support is available in their local public library.”

An initiative of SLQ and the Queensland Government, First 5 Forever is delivered in partnership with Queensland Local Governments through their local public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres potentially reaching 98% of the population.

Find out more about First 5 Forever at your local public library or visit www.first5forever.org.au

1 Nov 2016

State Library digitises Bloomfield River history

State Library digitises Bloomfield River history

More than 20 years since they were recorded, the stories of the people living in the Bloomfield River region can now be heard online through State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) catalogue.

In 1995, Bloomfield River resident Camilla Darling conducted numerous interviews with local Kuku Yalanji Elders and non-Indigenous settlers of the Bloomfield Valley to document the rich and varied history of this remote rainforest region in Far North Queensland.

The 39 interviews reveal the way of life of the subjects and their families, and speak to the interactions and relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous settlers in Bloomfield prior to, and during, missionary involvement.

Capturing stories of residents who have lived in the region since the 1940s and 1950s, as well as residents with profound knowledge of the history of Bloomfield from the 1800s, the oral histories collection is a comprehensive view of the area’s fascinating past and heritage.

Some stories capture the culture of Elders, which have eroded through time, especially since white settlement. Other stories reflect on the tin mining and timber industries, which were the two major industries on the Bloomfield, but have long since ceased.

Over an 18 month period, SLQ reformatted the original audio cassette recordings of the interviews to a digital format to make this collection of unique oral histories accessible to all, including the descendants and families of the interviewees.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the Bloomfield River oral histories amount to a powerful collection of memories of a community that spans from the time of Captain Cook.

“This oral histories collection is important as it offers a powerful view of the diversity and history of Queensland, and through its recent digitisation, is now easily accessible for all,” Ms Enoch said.

“Bloomfield River is a true microcosm which highlights our varying ways of life and plays an important part in our understanding of this state’s rich history.”

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the digitisation of this collection is significant as it offers a comprehensive view of one of Queensland’s most interesting communities.

“Oral histories are often very narrow in focus but this collection is vast and sweeping, describing how this unique Far North Queensland community survived and thrived,” Ms McDonald said.

“Now, after an extensive digitisation process, these voices and stories can be shared with surviving family members, the wider community, and future generations.”

“It is often peoples’ stories, rather than objects or facts, that really brings history to life and this oral histories collection does just that.”

Digitised photographs and a digitised hand drawn map of the Bloomfield River region are included with the oral histories collection online, and transcriptions of all recordings are currently in progress.

Media enquiries
Hillary Bell, SLQ Communications | communications@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9864

3 May 2016

State Library digitises Queensland’s Anzac history

State Library digitises Queensland’s Anzac history

Anzac Day 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Anzac Day services held in Queensland. To mark the occasion, State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has recently digitised the first minute book of the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee which records the origins of the committee and its earliest meetings in 1916.

The committee was formed on 10 January 1916 at a public meeting when local land agent, Thomas Augustine Ryan, put forward a recommendation to form a committee to explore ways of honouring the fallen soldiers of the Gallipoli campaign. The committee quickly devised a ceremonial day to be held on 25 April 1916, the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

“Queensland has a proud history of supporting our Defence Forces and this year we also pay tribute to those Queenslanders who led the way in commemorating the sacrifices our diggers made,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“Every year since, Queenslanders have come together in towns and cities across our state to pay their respects. I commend the State Library for the efforts they’ve gone to to ensure this rich part of Queensland’s history has been protected and will be shared with all Queenslanders for generations to come.”

Through the years, the committee has overseen the conduct of Anzac Day services and activities all over Queensland, and remains central to the organisation of these events today.

By a Deed of Gift, SLQ holds the business records of the committee, a unique collection which includes minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

The recently digitised minute book reveals the ideas and discussions which contributed to the original Anzac Day event and the development of elements which are still part of Anzac Day today.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the digitisation of the committee minute book and other items provides the opportunity for Queenslanders to explore this often unknown chapter in the state’s Anzac history.

“It is not commonly known that Australia’s Anzac Day traditions have their origins in Queensland and the unique items being digitised by State Library are helping to share that story,” Ms Enoch said.
“This is just another way that the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program is creating opportunities for people to uncover key moments and stories which reveal how Queenslanders experienced the First World War, both at home and abroad.”

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

“This year’s Anzac Day commemoration is a significant milestone in the First World War centenary period and SLQ’s collection items can enhance our understanding of the origins and importance of this occasion,” Mrs Cooper said.

“It’s important to commemorate and understand Queensland’s First World War history and its impact on our communities. The work that SLQ is doing to preserve and digitise precious First World War items is creating a lasting legacy for current and future generations of Queenslanders.”

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Media enquiries:
State Library: Hillary Bell | 07 3842 9864 | hillary.bell@slq.qld.gov.au

10 Nov 2016

State Library digitises soldier portraits in time for Remembrance Day

State Library digitises soldier portraits in time for Remembrance Day

Digital portraits of nearly 30,000 Queensland soldiers who served in the First World War are now able to be searched online as part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the soldier portraits are an incredible digital resource for anyone interested in the First World War and Queensland history.

“These nearly 30,000 portraits are freely available for people to view, comment on and download as high resolution image files,” Ms Enoch said.

“Now that these photographs have been digitised and linked to war service records, we have a uniquely discoverable and usable resource available online for current and future generations.”

Captain Andrew Craig RAN (Retd), Chair of the Queensland Advisory Committee for the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary said the innovative state-wide initiative demonstrates the importance of creating a digital legacy for current and future generations.

“Embracing 21st century technology has made it easier than ever for the public to understand and discover more about those Queenslanders who served in the First World War and their experiences.”

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the digitisation of the soldier portraits was an important commemorative resource, particularly in the lead up to significant occasions such as Remembrance Day.

“The digitisation of the soldier portraits will contribute to developing a lasting First World War legacy while furthering our understanding of Queensland’s involvement in and experiences during the war years,” Ms McDonald said.

“We’ve had feedback from people who have used the resource, telling us that this is the first time they’ve been able to see photographs of their family members.”

“The soldier portraits represent almost 30,000 unique Queensland stories; stories of husbands, fathers, sons, friends and brothers. This is a powerful resource and one which truly serves to commemorate those who fought and sacrificed during the war.”

In order to digitise, describe and make accessible such a vast collection of portraits and information, SLQ staff worked with a team of 30 tireless volunteers who have donated their time to help complete this project. Planning for the digitisation project commenced in late 2013, with the final soldier portrait being made available online in September 2016.

In September 1914, Talma Studios and Fegan Studios set up tents in the soldier’s camp at Enoggera to take photographs of soldiers in uniform for publication in the Pictorial Supplement of The Queenslander newspaper, a weekly summary and literary edition of the Brisbane Courier (now The Courier-Mail).

The portraits continued to be published in The Queenslander until the war ended in 1918. There would eventually be nearly 30,000 photographs captured of young men about to enter war (around half the number of Queenslanders who served in the First World War).

Throughout the war years, The Queenslander was regularly filled with pages of soldier portraits, as well as photographs from the war and the home fronts, depicting all aspects of life in Queensland.

This large collection of photographs enabled The Queenslander to promptly publish portraits as soon as casualty lists were issued. Photos were re-published as reports of wounded or missing soldiers were received and again as pages were created as a Roll of Honour.

SLQ has now digitised all of the soldier portraits which can be accessed and downloaded through the One Search catalogue. Where possible, each soldier portrait has been linked to their war service record on the National Archives of Australia’s Discovering Anzacs website.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Media enquiries:
Hillary Bell | 07 3842 9864 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au
State Library of Queensland Communications

For more information visit
http://qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au/showcase/soldier-portraits

To ‘find your soldier’, visit the One Search catalogue, search for a soldier by surname, include the word ‘soldiers’ in the search terms, and limit the search to ‘SLQ Digitised Collections’.

22 Feb 2016

State Library puts the spotlight on architecture

State Library puts the spotlight on architecture

The popular UQ Architecture lecture series returns to State Library of Queensland (SLQ) next week, to ignite discussion and debate around the role of architecture in the 21st century.

The series, now in its sixth year, invites leading local, national and international architects to share and discuss new ideas and knowledge centred on the role of architecture and design in the Asia Pacific.

Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said the 2016 series intends to explore regional connections to Asia Pacific, architectural futures and social responsibility in the profession.

“The series will provide an opportunity for a local audience to be part of a conversation about regional connections and help place Queensland architecture in a much bigger context,” Mrs Cooper said.

Series curator Antony Moulis, Associate Professor at UQ Architecture, said audiences can expect a diversity of perspectives on architecture as well as discussion on the situations architects find themselves in culturally, socially and politically as they realise their work.

“There are some really exceptional architects in this year’s series who are doing things beyond the everyday of architectural practice,” he said.

“At UQ we're very excited about the impact the talks can have on rethinking the city and architecture's capacity for real social engagement.”

Seoul-based architect Moon Hoon will kick-off the series on Tuesday 1 March at 6.30pm, following the official launch of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum at State Library.

The series runs every Tuesday night throughout March and April (excluding 29 March), and will feature architects from Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Kobe, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

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

The first two lectures of the series are part of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland.

Date Tuesdays, 1 Mar – 26 Apr (excl. 29 Mar), 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland
Entry Free, bookings slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on
Media enquiries
SLQ Communications, 07 3842 9847, communications@slq.qld.gov.au

2016 UQ Architecture lecture series

Date: Tue 1 March 2016
Speaker: Moon Hoon (Seoul) – Moon Hoon Architects

Date: Tue 8 March 2016
Speakers: Yo Shimada (Kobe) – TATO Architects
and Paul Hotston (Brisbane) – Phorm

Date: Tue 15 March 2016
Speakers: Lara Nobel (Brisbane) – The Tiny House Company
and Andrew Carter (Brisbane) – The Tiny House Company

Date: Tue 22 March 2016
Speaker: Richard Kirk (Brisbane) – Kirk Architects

Date: Tue 5 April 2016
Speaker: Rodney Eggleston (Melbourne) – MARCH Studio
Anne-Laure Cavigneaux (Melbourne) – MARCH Studio

Date: Tue 12 April 2016
Speaker: Kieran Wong (Perth) – CODA Studio

Date: Tue 19 April 2016
Speaker: Georgia Singleton (Sydney) – Woods Bagot

Date: Tue 26 April 2016
Speaker: Kevin Low (Kuala Lumpur) – Small Projects

19 May 2016

State Library shares regional Queensland’s First World War history

State Library shares regional Queensland’s First World War history

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is helping to share the state’s First World War history by coordinating local content for the Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience.

The Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience is a travelling exhibition which provides visitors with an opportunity to share the experiences of Australia’s First World War soldiers, sailors and nurses as they battled against often overwhelming odds.

Containing artefacts from the Australian War Memorial’s collection and using photographs, film and projection, the exhibition provides many perspectives of Australia’s involvement in the First World War in an immersive, innovative way.

Through the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, SLQ is playing a vital role in the Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience in Queensland by curating the ‘local stories’ zones in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville. These local perspectives are an integral part of the experience and will be created in partnership with each local community and will contribute a lasting legacy for each region.

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the local stories present a unique opportunity to uncover and share Queensland’s untold and lesser known First World War stories.

“Through Q ANZAC 100 and its state-wide reach, SLQ is perfectly positioned to ensure that towns across Queensland have the opportunity to contribute their First World War stories to this unique travelling exhibition,” Mrs Cooper said.

“By curating an exhibition of community-sourced objects, we will be able to share some extraordinary untold First World War stories which are region-specific.”

“This exhibition will contribute to developing a lasting First World War legacy while furthering our understanding of Queensland’s involvement in and experiences during the war years.”

The Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience is travelling to Toowoomba, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville from May to September 2016.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is presented by the Australian Government and the Australian War Memorial, and proudly supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra.

Media enquiries:
Hillary Bell | 07 3842 9864 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au
State Library of Queensland Communications

Call for contributions:
SLQ is searching for First World War stories accompanied by photographs and artefacts from across Queensland for possible inclusion in the Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience local stories zones.
http://qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au/events/spirit-of-anzac-centenary-experience

http://www.spiritofanzac.gov.au/

17 Jun 2016

The Philanthropists, the Projects and the Pitch

The Philanthropists, the Projects and the Pitch

It is always rewarding to give to a worthy cause, but it’s even more fun when you can choose how your money is spent. That’s what the one hundred philanthropists attending The Queensland Library Foundation’s (QLF) fundraising event will do, when project teams pitch at State Library of Queensland (SLQ) on Tuesday, July 5.

Called Crowd Giving, the event aims to bring together 100 people who have each donated $100 dollars up to that date, creating a collective $10,000 kitty.

The Queensland Library Foundation is calling on people to dig deep and make a tax deductible donation, then vote on the night for one of our three diverse projects vying for funding.

A vote for Honouring Queenslanders is a vote to celebrate, honour, capture and record for posterity, the lives of everyday Queenslanders. They could be your family member, your neighbour, a returned soldier, recent immigrant, renowned artist or business leader.

A vote for Building a Future is a vote for democracy giving everyone the opportunity to engage in the digital revolution, regardless of gender, age, socio-economic standing or cultural heritage. If you have that next brilliant Queensland design burning a hole in your imagination, we will provide the tools for you to make it, and allow you to take control of your creative process.

Fun Palaces is about creativity in community, particularly in the regions, that can change the world for the better. A vote for this project is a vote for finding the genius, the artist, or the scientist in everyone through access to new technologies, arts and science.

All three SLQ project team leaders will pitch their projects to their philanthropic audience, competing for audience votes to secure funding. The presenters will be quizzed by a philanthropic champion, as well as the audience, to determine the most worthy project.

SLQ is a hub of collaboration and oversees a diversity of work, so projects will showcase historical and cultural preservation, science and technology, and community engagement. The event will also serve to put the power of choice in the donors’ hand and empower them to think about the impact of giving when providing donations.

The Queensland Library Foundation is the fund-raising arm of the State Library of Queensland which works to maintain, enhance and expand its collections, facilities and services.  To donate go to http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/general/talks/crowd-giving

Media contact:
Julie Fullerton | 0467 55 00 29 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

Gavin Bannerman, Executive Manager Queensland Memory State Library of Queensland is available for interviews.

Event: Queensland Library Foundation Crowd Giving
Date: Tuesday, July 5
Time:   6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Auditorium 1 - State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Donation: $100 - All donations to the Queensland Library Foundation of $2 or more are tax-deductible and if received by June 28, 2016, can be issued with a receipt for this financial year.

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