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View current and recent media releases from the State Library. For more information about any of these stories or about earlier releases, please contact Marketing and Communications on +61 7 3842 9847 or by email to communications@slq.qld.gov.au.

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 aparchitectureforum.com for more information.

Media enquiries to Kat Vidovic:

kat@katvidovic.com
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 slq.qld.gov.au.

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 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

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.

2 Mar 2018

Lifestyle choices — finding fulfilment under the Queensland sun

Lifestyle choices — finding fulfilment under the Queensland sun

What are the ingredients of a meaningful life?  A skipping rope, an artist’s paint box, forty winks under a Jacaranda tree, helping your neighbours in a tropical cyclone, or even, a bowl of prunes.

State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) Lifestyle: a sunshine state of mind exhibition explores the unique ways Queenslanders have pursued meaningful and rewarding lives since the late 1800s.

Opening 3 March, Lifestyle delves into the quirks of the Queensland sensibility through the themes of: wellbeing, home, expression, play, community and hope.

A mesmerising collection of curios and heritage items from SLQ’s rare and restricted collections include:

  • original artworks from Queensland’s early expressionist painters
  • quirky tourism posters from the 1950s
  • love notes written on apricot leaves in the Boer War (lovebirds Lionel and Winifred)
  • a collection of home movies from the 1950s (retro bikinis and vintage cars)

The exhibition has a range of lifestyle ambassadors from the wellness industry to human rights activists who will speak about what the themes mean to them.

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The Queensland lifestyle is unique and is imbued with the richness of our diverse geography and population.”

“State Library is custodian of Queensland’s collective memory and we are able to tell the story of our state through our extraordinary collection items. The exhibition is an immersive experience that will guide visitors through a curated view of Queensland’s history and lifestyle using precious paintings, original photographs, unique objects, film, and sound.”

Lifestyle: a sunshine state of mind
3 March – 21 October 2018
Open daily | Free entry
SLQ Gallery, level 2
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct

lifestyle.slq.qld.gov.au | #SLQlifestyle

19 Mar 2018

State Library fellows dominate Stella Prize shortlist

State Library fellows dominate Stella Prize shortlist

Half the writers shortlisted for the national Stella Prize have won fellowships through the State Library of Queensland’s writing programs.

Claire G. Coleman, black&write! Fellowship winner, Mirandi Riwoe, current Queensland Writers Fellowship winner and Krissy Kneen, past Queensland Writers Fellowship winner, have all been shortlisted for the Australian women’s literary award which will be announced next month.

The black&write! and Queensland Writers Fellowships support home-grown writers and help share their work with an Australian and global readership.

The three annual Queensland Writers Fellowships, worth $15,000 each, provide support for leading Queensland writers to develop a writing project towards publication over a 12-month period.

The Queensland Writers Fellowships are funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and State Library of Queensland, and supported by Queensland Writers Centre. 

The black&write! Fellowships are part of a national program to foster a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing community.

The State Library project is the first of its kind in Australia and is designed to recruit, train, and mentor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander editors to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-authored manuscripts.

black&write!is supported by the Australian Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts, and Hachette Australia.

Quotes from Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch:

“I am delighted to see three State Library of Queensland fellowship winners on the Stella shortlist.

“The Queensland Government is a proud supporter of the state’s literary community, and continues to provide aspiring writers with opportunities to develop their manuscripts and writing projects.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The State Library congratulates all the Stella shortlisted writers. We are especially proud of State Library fellowships winners Claire, Mirandi and Krissy for their Stella shortlisting.

“This shortlisting demonstrates the value and importance of our fellowship programs and the calibre of the writers who apply for them.

“We would like to thank all our supporters and sponsors who help promote writing and creativity in Queensland.”

Media enquiries

SLQ Marketing & Communications
communications@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9847

20 Mar 2018

$2,000 for Queensland’s next great young writer

$2,000 for Queensland’s next great young writer

Entries are now open for the State Library of Queensland’s annual Young Writers Award, with $2,000 going to the winner of the popular short story competition.

For more than 20 years the competition has helped launch the literary careers of the next generation of great Queensland writers.

The competition is open to Queensland residents aged 15 to 25 years and is divided 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 $500.

Runners-up and highly commended entrants are awarded prize money and book packs.

All prize winners receive a membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Entries close 5pm on Friday 30 April, with the winners announced at the Young Writers Conference at State Library in July.

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“Investment in young writers is an absolute priority for the Queensland Government.

This competition has a solid history of identifying and nurturing talent, linking young writers to professional networks and publishing opportunities.

The impressive list of past winners and finalists — from Rebecca Jessen and Christopher Currie to Shastra Deo and Tara June Winch — demonstrates the quality of writing produced by young people in Queensland.”

Quotes from the State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The annual competition not only provides recognition for talented young Queensland writers, but also helps writers find their voice and launch their literary careers.

With over 300 entrants last year, the State Library hopes the competition will continue to encourage connection and expression through creative writing and story across Queensland.”

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

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

12 Mar 2018

Spinifex paper and reclaimed plastic: the Queen’s Baton at SLQ

Spinifex paper and reclaimed plastic: the Queen’s Baton at SLQ

Discover the story behind the design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The Bright Bold Boundless display goes to the heart of the creative process featuring sketches, digital stories and an exclusive look at prototypes of the 2018 Baton design.

Explore images of the Baton’s journey across the Commonwealth towards the Gold Coast and enjoy rarely-seen Batons from past Commonwealth Games events in Australia.

Bright Bold Boundless is co-curated by SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library and the Baton’s designer, Brisbane-based Designworks.

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton is:

  • made of macadamia wood, a stainless steel stringer and reclaimed plastic
  • shaped to reflect the state’s water culture (e.g. surfboards and surfcraft)
  • technology  enabled (GPS tracks the journey of Baton bearers)
  • embedded with the Queen’s message written on spinifex paper

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

This fascinating Queen’s Baton display showcases Queensland creativity and ingenuity, combining traditional storytelling with cutting-edge technology.
Drawing inspiration from our extraordinarily diverse geography and enviable lifestyle, I encourage locals and visitors to our state to explore the uniquely Queensland story behind the innovative design of the Queen’s Baton for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

Quotes from the State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“Exploring innovation and enterprise is part of State Library’s vision as a collector of Queensland stories.
Bright Bold Boundless looks at contemporary design practices and how design thinking was integral in the creation of this year’s Queen’s Baton.”

Quotes from Designworks co-founder Alexander Wall:

“The consultative nature of the design process informed the selection of the local materials used in the making of the Queen’s Baton. We’re excited to share our work and the design process used, hopefully inspiring others pursuing a creative sustainable practice.
The Baton draws inspiration from the boundless energy of the people, place and spirit of the Gold Coast.”

Bright Bold Boundless: Designing the Queen’s Baton

Open daily until 12 August 2018                                             
Free entry                                                                                
Asia Pacific Design Library, level 2                                          
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct

The Untold Stories of the GC2018 Baton
31 March, 3pm–4.30pm
Free talk | Bookings required
SLQ Auditorium 2

baton.slq.qld.gov.au | #slqbrightboldboundless | #QBR2018

Media enquiries

SLQ Marketing & Communications
communications@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9847

10 Apr 2018

Prize money boost for 2018 Queensland Literary Awards

Prize money boost for 2018 Queensland Literary Awards

Entries are now open for the prestigious Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships, with total prize money increasing from $205,000 to $240,000.

Many of the prizes have increased from $10,000 to $15,000 and writers can also apply for one of three Queensland Writers Fellowships, funded through Arts Queensland and the State Library of Queensland to support professional development.

This year the awards will celebrate 30 years of the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer and the second year of the QUT Digital Literature Award. Both awards now offer $15,000 prize money.

Nominations close 5pm on Thursday 31 May 2018, with winners announced at an awards ceremony in October.

Award categories

Open to all Australian writers:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($15,000)
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award ($15,000)
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($15,000)
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($15,000)
  • QUT Digital Literature Award ($15,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)
  • David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer ($15,000)

Open to Queensland writers only:

  • Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer ($15,000)
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards (two awards of $12,500)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award ($10,000)
  • Queensland Writers Fellowship (three awards of $15,000)

Quotes from the Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“The Queensland Government supported the QLA to celebrate top writing talent, help share our stories, and nurture the next generation of writers.

"I’m pleased to note the success of the QLAs, and the Queensland Government’s commitment to match the sponsorship funding across the Queensland Literary Awards which has helped to generate more investment from the private sector.

"The Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance to the value of $25,000 has recognised the exceptional work of Queensland writers Bill Wilkie, Lesley and Tammy Williams and Libby Connors.”

Minister Enoch encouraged young writers under 30 years of age to apply for two Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards, each to the value of $12,500.

“These two awards are for young Queensland writers in traditional or contemporary forms.”

Quotes from the State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“State Library is proud to support the Queensland Literary Awards which allow authors to showcase their work and provide pathways to develop sustainable careers in the literary field.

“We are grateful to have the continued support of key QLA partners including the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, QUT, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, The Courier-Mail and Jenny Summerson.”

For more information:qldliteraryawards.org.au.

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