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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.

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

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

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

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/

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

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

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

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 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

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