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29 Jan 2018

Announcing Australia’s 3rd Asia Pacific Architecture Forum in Brisbane, March 2018

Announcing Australia’s 3rd Asia Pacific Architecture Forum in Brisbane, March 2018

An initiative of State Library of Queensland and Architecture Media, the 2018 Asia Pacific Architecture Forum will return to Brisbane from 10 to 23 March, 2018.

The program will feature a range of free and ticketed events, including exhibitions, installations, symposia, lectures and workshops, which will engage architecture and design professionals, educators, enthusiasts, children and young people.

The Architecture Symposium (formerly the ArchitectureAP Symposium), a one-day, headline event on Friday 16 March, will once again be held at State Library of Queensland. Influential architects from throughout the region will gather in South Bank’s Cultural Precinct to be inspired by keynote speakers from Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia.

State Librarian and CEO, Vicki McDonald said the two-week program will showcase architecture’s pivotal role in the culture, sustainability, and economy of the Asia Pacific region.

“State Library of Queensland, through the Asia Pacific Design Library, is pleased to continue our partnership with Architecture Media to deliver this vibrant program of exhibitions and events, which shines the spotlight on the importance of architecture in our region.

“We are delighted that the Forum has become a vehicle for attracting high calibre international architects and designers to State Library. We are excited to again host this world-class event and facilitate the critical discussions occurring in contemporary architecture,” Ms McDonald said.

Architecture Media’s Editorial Director Cameron Bruhn observes that the global market for built environment expertise is creating new opportunities for Australian architects, designers and planners.

"Australian practitioners have been living and working internationally since the 1960s and an increasing number of practices are active participants in the globalised market for professional services. The Asia Pacific Architecture Forum celebrates the best work of Australian architects, designers and planners and the economic success of the nation’s professional services exports,”
Mr Bruhn said.

Highlights of the 2018 Forum include: The Architecture Symposium 2018, a conference featuring internationally renowned speakers; a Design Minds workshop; a free Little Designers architecture workshop; a QAGOMA tour; the UQ Architecture lecture series, featuring leading local, national and international architects; a Brisbane Open House tour and many more.

The full program of events will be announced in the coming months. Visit for more information.

Media enquiries to Kat Vidovic:
0408 426 002

12 Feb 2018

$100,000 to uncover Queensland stories

$100,000 to uncover Queensland stories

State Library of Queensland is calling for applications for its annual research fellowships, worth up to $20,000 each, which encourage new perspectives on the state’s history.

Applications are now open nationwide, with seven opportunities totalling $100,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the fellowships allow Queensland’s diverse stories to be discovered, shared and preserved.

“Our collective stories stretch back more than 40,000 years, and there is still so much to uncover about our state’s heritage, culture, places and people,” Ms Enoch said.

“Discovering and sharing these stories is key to enriching our understanding of Queensland’s past and present.”

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said that as the primary custodian of Queensland’s memory, State Library introduced the fellowship program to encourage diverse voices and new ways of using and interpreting SLQ’s collections.  

“The fellowships are open to all, from researchers and academics to artists, writers, musicians and more,” Ms McDonald said.

“In working closely with the library, fellows  bring State Library’s rich and varied collections to life. Their research inspires us to think differently about our past, present and future.”  

The 2018 fellowships include:

John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000 plus 12-month personal work space) – awarded to support a research project that uses the resources of the John Oxley Library.

Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000 plus 12-month personal work space) – awarded to support a research project that contributes to new knowledge of Queensland’s economic and/or business history.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, four fellowships, including one digital fellowship ($15,000 each plus 12-month personal work space) – to encourage new research and interpretations about Queensland’s involvement in the First World War or other significant military campaign from the last 100 years.

The Q ANZAC 100 digital fellowship calls for applications that will develop a creative digital experience using digital content from SLQ and other collecting institutions.

Letty Katts Award ($5,000 plus 12-month personal work space) – provides the opportunity for a musician, composer, scholar or researcher to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history.

For those interested in applying for a 2018 fellowship, State Library is hosting a fellowship information night on Friday 2 March as well as a Q ANZAC 100 fellows talk on Thursday 8 March.

Applications for all fellowships and residencies open Wednesday 24 January and close Wednesday 21 March.

To submit an application, or for more information on any of the Queensland Memory fellowships, please attend the fellows talk or fellowship information night, or visit

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 6 June at the annual Queensland Memory Awards ceremony at State Library of Queensland.

For further media information and images please contact:
Hillary Bell | 07 3842 9864 |

The John Oxley Library Fellowship and Letty Katts Award are supported by the Queensland Library Foundation.

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

The Q ANZAC 100 fellowships are part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program and are proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

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