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10 Dec 2015
State Library releases never before seen collection from WWI
State Library of Queensland has unearthed thousands of never before seen personal photographs, letters and diaries from the First World War.
A State of War is a new online and onsite portal which showcases Queensland’s unique stories of the First World War, including personal snapshots depicting experiences at war and at home, key events, portraits of Queensland soldiers and old newspaper clippings from SLQ’s collection.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said through the use of digital technology, the onsite display at SLQ would provide visitors with a hands-on interactive audio-visual experience.
“This is a chance to delve into the stories about Queenslanders, many of which may not have been told before,” Ms Enoch said.
“Through touch, visitors can navigate their way through memories that have passed through generations. Users can also listen to audio of a selection of letters and diaries or browse the digitised original item or its transcript.
It’s a terrific example of using digital technology to bring to life stories from our past into the present.”
A State of War comprises of two main components, offering an innovative online experience that all Queenslanders can access, as well as an interactive display onsite at State Library.
In-depth personal timelines help depict the experiences of seven featured Queenslanders. There are first-hand accounts through letters and diaries which can be viewed as originals or transcripts and heard via selected audio tracks.
Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said SLQ plays a leading role in ensuring Queensland’s collective memory is available to be explored and shared.
“State Library has created an opportunity for people to uncover key moments and stories which reveal how Queenslanders experienced the First World War,” Mrs Cooper said.
“This portal and onsite display allows us to discover and share the memories of the 57,705 Queenslanders who served Australia in the First World War 100 years ago and create a digital legacy for future generations.”
The incoming Assistant Minister of State to the Premier, Mark Ryan, noted his predecessor, Stirling Hinchliffe, recently opened the A State of War display.
Assistant Minister Ryan said the Queensland Government was proud to support this important interactive display as part of the Anzac Centenary program.
“I encourage as many Queenslanders as possible to visit this fantastic interactive display and dynamic online portal at the State Library,” Mr Ryan said.
"It’s important to commemorate and understand Queensland’s First World War history and its impact on our community. This installation will create an enduring digital legacy of Queensland’s experience of the First World War,” Mr Ryan said.
Queensland newspaper articles from almost every day of the war reveal what was happening at home and overseas and how the Queensland public consumed the war through print media.
Through the image gallery, follow Queensland light horsemen through the desert; infantry battalions through Gallipoli and France; fundraising volunteers and Red Cross workers at home and discover intimate snapshots of life at the war front and back home during these tumultuous times. Users can browse the online portal then name and curate their own collections of content, then share it via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email.
A State of War is part of SLQ’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation five year program, proudly supported by the Queensland Government, and is accessible for the next three years of Anzac centenary commemorations.
- Queensland stories – the experiences of seven Queenslanders are presented as in-depth, personal timelines, and enriched through their first-hand digitised letters and diaries which can be viewed as originals or transcripts, or heard via selected audio tracks.
- Rich visual imagery - personal snapshots of the First World War experience at war and at home; and how the war was communicated and received at home through media communications; the coming home experience.
- Create collections – users can browse the site then name and curate their own collections of content, then share it through social media.
- Sharing – selected content can be shared via email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
- Users can listen to audio of a selection of letters and diaries while they browse the digitised original item or its transcript.
- Onsite at SLQ the hands-on experience, coupling innovative digital technology, touchscreens and rich visual history enables SLQ visitors to navigate a number of images and delve into the stories about featured Queenslanders.
8 Dec 2015
Photographic exhibition examines Queensland’s rich history
Photographs of everyday Queenslanders will grace the walls of State Library of Queensland in its latest exhibition which explores the stories behind an image.
Queensland Faces will bring together portraits of Queenslanders across time and cultures to build a narrative around SLQ’s 2016 public programming theme of Belonging.
Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition allowed the viewer to explore some of the characters who have helped contribute to Queensland’s rich history.
“Through these photographs, the viewer can make the connections between people, place and culture,” Ms Enoch said.
“Visitors to the exhibition will discover how our diverse cultural traditions contribute to Queensland’s ever changing identity. By building these narratives, a unique story around Queensland and its identity emerges that should be celebrated.”
The exhibition showcases photographs from the SLQ collection. From iconic images and moments of celebration, to photographs that expose Queensland’s true cultural diversity, Queensland Faces explores what makes us quintessentially Queenslanders, from the quirky to the hard truths.
Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the exhibition celebrates our individual and collective identities and our sense of belonging to our family, community and state.
“We want to encourage Queenslanders to take a closer look at the people who have helped shape our state,” Mrs Cooper said.
Both a contemporary and retrospective showcase, this exhibition will reveal untold stories about Queenslanders’ cultural diversity, and capture some of the iconic images that reflect the Queensland spirit.
The exhibition includes photos of Emma Miller, circa 1910, who migrated to Australia in 1879 and went on to become the first female member of the Brisbane Workers’ Political Organisation. Lores Bonney, who was also photographed in 1933, was the first female pilot to fly the longest one-day flight (Brisbane to Wangaratta) and the first woman to circumnavigate Australia by air using her own Gypsy Moth.
“Some subjects are famous, or infamous, though most are everyday people whose portraits have somehow made their way into SLQ’s vast collection,” Mrs Cooper said.
She said the exhibition contributes to the year-long exploration of the Queensland character, which will be told through SLQ exhibitions in 2016.
The public is invited to join the conversation by uploading a photo to Instagram with the hashtags #belonging #queenslandfaces @slqld that tells their story of ‘belonging’ in Queensland.
Queensland Faces is a free exhibition and will be on display at State Library of Queensland from 5 December 2015 to 8 May 2016.
Interviews and images available upon request.
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Exclusive media walk-through Join exhibition curator Naomi Takeifanga for an exclusive media walk-through of Queensland Faces and be among the first to see this exhibition, learn about the curation process, and hear first-hand some of the stories behind the images.
Date: 9 December 2015
Location: Meet at the Welcome Desk, level 1, State Library of Queensland Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
RSVP: by COB 8 December 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 3842 9803.
1 Dec 2015
Get lost in a good book this summer
This summer young readers across Australia will explore the wonders and worlds of science fiction, with State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) popular Summer Reading Club.
The Summer Reading Club is a free and fun literacy program developed by SLQ and run online and in more than 1,000 public libraries across the nation.
Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the Summer Reading Club was a creative and fun program which encouraged a love of reading among young Australians.
“This program encourages children to continue learning new skills over the summer months including reading, writing, creative arts and multimedia technology through fun activities,” Ms Enoch said.
“It recognises that instilling a love of reading in our young children is critical for their literacy development.”
Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said the Summer Reading Club offered an array of free creative activities designed to inspire an ongoing love of reading and literature, and encourage library visitation.
“This year’s theme, Lost Worlds, provides an engaging platform to explore popular literary genres,” Mrs Cooper said.
“State Library hopes this theme encourages children to discover underwater worlds, alternate universes and periods from times past, and ignites reading for pleasure during the summer holidays.
To join the club, visit your local public library or register online at summerreadingclub.org.au.
This year club members can sample newly released titles from 21 of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators, search for answers in the Encyclopaedia Britannica online scavenger hunt, craft adventurous endings to Paul Collins’ and Allison Tate’s What Happens Next story starters, share their own book raves and artwork, and write their own Lost Worlds themed short stories,” she said.
Last year nearly 42,000 Australian children joined the club, reading more than 267,000 books over the summer period.
The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association, and public libraries across Australia, including Queensland’s Indigenous Knowledge Centres.
Summer Reading Club
1 December 2015 – 31 January 2016
Join at your local public library or sign up online summerreadingclub.org.au
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications | mailto:email@example.com | 07 3840 7784
23 Nov 2015
Join the puppet party at State Library these holidays
Little people with big things to share are invited to State Library of Queensland (SLQ) these school holidays, where every child can be an artist, author, storyteller and performer.
From 4 January 2016, SLQ’s summer holiday program will present puppet workshops, interactive performances and art making activities celebrating the ideas and imaginations of the smallest members of the community.
Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said each year SLQ’s holiday program sees thousands of families join its exciting array of fun and affordable activities.
“This summer holidays State Library will come alive with activities and workshops that engage and inspire young minds and provide creative learning experiences for the whole family to enjoy,” Mrs Cooper said.
“This is a great opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their children in a fun, family-friendly environment, and we welcome everyone to take part,” she said.
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 your puppet characters, and have your photo taken in the puppet portrait studio.
Even more puppet friends will be popping up throughout the library, encouraging visitors to join them for singing, stories and a bit of serious silliness.
Pack your pram, pull up a pillow and enjoy the Family film fest (for all ages) where children are at the centre of the adventure; and don’t miss the APDL Little Designers pattern and placemaking workshops (for ages 4–8, bookings required), which will introduce young minds to design, architecture and placemaking 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. Choose from workshops in robotics, animation, manga, blogging, zines, cartooning and more.
19 Nov 2015
Peace and Quiet at the library
Explore personal, social and political ideas of peace at Peace and Quiet, State Library of Queensland’s next exhibition, opening Saturday 28 November.
Peace and Quiet is a community exhibition, led by artists Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong, that collects the thoughts and gestures of contemporary Queenslanders at peacetime, against the backdrop of growing global political conflict.
Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition had been created in collaboration with the community, with the project striking a chord with people from all walks of life.
“There has been a great deal of interest and enthusiasm from the community, with many people contributing ideas and artwork to this exhibition,” Ms Enoch said.
“The wonderful part of this approach is that it allows the Library to create a genuine exhibition that documents and shares the story of Queenslanders.”
Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said Peace and Quiet will be an engaging exhibition and events program, that examines the diverse ideas and desires that underpin different perceptions of peace.
“Community members have shared their vision of a peaceful world by contributing peaceful landscape artworks that will be mounted over the First World War wallpaper in SLQ Gallery, providing a powerful reminder of what is lost in times of war,” Mrs Cooper said.
“State Library has also worked with individuals who have first-hand experiences of wartime, to capture perspectives of peace from people who have experienced its absence.”
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to immerse themselves in the handiwork of Queensland communities, with handmade national flags created in white, and a collection of early and current placards from the peace movement.
Videos will showcase community performances, and visitors will be able to share their own vision of peace by participating in activities and workshops, including making peace decorations in time for Christmas, creating wearable expressions of peace, and crafting Valentine’s gifts of peace and love.
Peace and Quiet is at State Library of Queensland from 28 November 2015 to 14 February 2016. For full program details see qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au/events/peace-and-quiet
Peace and Quiet, as part of State Library’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
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Interviews and images available upon request.
Media op: Exclusive media walk-through
Join exhibition curator Kevin Wilson, and artists Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong, for an exclusive media preview of Peace and Quiet.
Be among the first to see this exhibition, hear about the curation process, and speak directly to community contributors about their work and why they got involved.
Date: Thursday 26 November, 2015
Location: Meet at the Welcome Desk, level 1, State Library of Queensland Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
RSVP: by Wednesday 25 November to Stephanie Birch or phone 07 3840 7784.
13 Nov 2015
Indigenous artists with disability showcase their strong hearts
Indigenous artists living with disability will tell their personal stories of strength through creative pieces of art on canvas, wheelchairs, wheelie-walkers and a canoe.
The Walan Giiny (strong heart) exhibition, which opened at State Library’s kuril dhagun this weekend, is a creative outlet for the Nandjimadji artists from the Sunshine Coast.
Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the Nandjimadji group helped Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability to maintain connection with culture and community.
“The Walan Giiny exhibition highlights the important contribution that these artists make to community and culture,” she said.
“The Nandjimadji group has members from teenagers to Elders aged 75 years and they come from many different backgrounds and language groups, with a variety of individual disabilities. Walan Giiny is another step to bridge the gap between modern concepts of disability and the traditions of the world’s oldest, continuous living culture.”
Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said Walan Giiny meant ‘strong heart’ and this was evident in each unique piece of art curated for the exhibition.
“The works demonstrate how art plays an integral role both in the healing process for community members with disability, and in the traditional storytelling methods in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.”
The entrance to the exhibition is heralded by an eye-catching, hand-painted, six-metre-long outrigger canoe which is used by the Nandjimadji group and taken out on the water for special occasions.
The exhibition is part of the kuril dhagun community exhibition program. Artists are selected through an Expression of Interest process and receive development and co-curation support for their exhibition.
Walan Giiny (strong heart) is on display in kuril dhagun on level 1 of State Library of Queensland, South Bank until 21 February 2016.
Background — Nandjimadji
The word ‘Nandjimadji’ is drawn from the Gubbi Gubbi language local to the Sunshine Coast region and means to ‘lighten the load’ or ‘make something less heavy’.
Nandjimadji aims to address the prevalent issues of social isolation and lack of access to culturally respectful services and support.
The Nandjimadji art group is sponsored by Suncare. Walan Giiny is presented as part of a partnership between Suncare, First Peoples Disability Network and Synapse.
Representative of the Nandjimadji art group
Community Exhibition Officer, kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland
High resolution images available upon request.
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28 Oct 2015
Community day to contribute to a future of peace and quiet
State Library of Queensland (SLQ) invites you to make war a distant memory in an afternoon of activism from 2pm–7pm on Saturday 7 November.
Enjoy free live music, poetry, talks and hands-on activities as we dream, listen to and create our hopes for peace during the final days of the Distant Lines: Queensland voices of the First World War exhibition.
Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch encouraged the community to attend the action-packed day which also provided the public an opportunity to contribute to SLQ’s next exhibition Peace and Quiet.
“This is an opportunity to create a collaborative piece of art for the next exciting exhibition which is part of the Anzac centenary commemorations,” Ms Enoch said.
“It is a great opportunity for everyone to have a hand in an exhibition that documents and shares the story of Queenslanders.”
Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said the community day will give visitors a final chance to explore Distant Lines.
“We have been delighted with the community’s response to Distant Lines with more than 34,000 visitors enjoying the exhibition since April. The community day transitions us into the next phase of our Q ANZAC 100 activities where we explore the notion of peace,” Ms Cooper said.
Hear from an eclectic troop of artists, academics and political activists on the topics of peace and protest — sung, spoken and shouted at the world.
The music program will kick off with fearlessly independent and genre defying Hussy Hicks, followed by award winning hip hop artist and killer music director Busty Beatz, and conclude with the talented Peter Hunt and members of Kooii.
Don’t miss Brisbane Free University pop-up talks and a panel discussion which will explore critical political issues.
David Stavanger aka ‘Ghostboy’ — the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Australian Poetry — will host a topical poetry program featuring a variety of Brisbane poets throughout the day.
Get hands on and share your vision of a peaceful world with art for peace workshops allowing you to create your own peace landscape and try your hand at screen-printing, and badge and placard making.
Take part in performances designed to provoke thought and celebrate peace through the semaphores project and watch a series of surprising flash mob dances inspired by the love generation in collaboration with Ausdance.
Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for a full program of events or follow the conversation online with @slqld #distantlines #qanzac100 and #ww1.
This event is part of State Library’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
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9 Oct 2015
Premier names winners of 2015 Queensland Literary Awards
Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the winners of new literary awards supported by the Queensland Government at tonight’s presentation at State Library of Queensland.
“This year my government reinstated support for the Queensland Literary Awards, matching the sponsorship and funding of ten awards and establishing new awards,” the Premier said.
“Tonight we see the results of that decision – the celebration of talented voices telling Queensland stories.
“The winner of the $25 000 Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance is Warrior, by Libby Connors, for the dramatic story of young Aboriginal leader Dundalli and his life on the colonial frontier set against a portrait of early Brisbane.
“This award recognises writing with a Queensland focus, celebrating important Queensland authors, stories, history and voices and the judges’ decision to award Warrior was unanimous,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The winners of the two Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards for writers aged 18-30, each to the value of $12 500, are Megan McGrath, who was raised on North Stradbroke Island and Toowoomba-based Rebecca Jessen.
The prize includes career development support from Queensland Writers Centre, to help foster the next generation of Queensland writers.
The three $20,000 Queensland Writers’ Fellowships go to Sunshine Coast-based Inga Simpson, Brisbane writer Krissy Kneen and Karen Foxlee, who lives in Gympie.
“These writers will use their fellowships to develop a manuscript or writing project towards publication by the end of 2016,” the Premier said.
The Premier applauded the QLA organisers, sponsors and publishers who kept the awards alive when the previous governments stripped funding.
“Congratulations to all involved for refusing to let Queensland voices be silenced, for maintaining a fine tradition of recognising our literary talent,” she said.
In 2015, the Queensland Literary Awards, administered by State Library of Queensland, awarded writers in twelve categories across fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award.
The Queensland Literary Awards are supported through 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.
For a complete list of winners see www.qldliteraryawards.org.au.
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28 Sep 2015
How should we remember Queensland’s First World War history?
Join leading historical thinkers to discuss and debate the role of the Anzac legend at State Library of Queensland’s upcoming symposium, How we remember.
How we remember: responding to 100 years since the First World War is a free, interactive forum that will encourage participants to rethink our understanding of Queensland’s First World War history.
Commencing with a welcome function and keynote address on the evening prior, the full day symposium on Wednesday 14 October will feature individual presentations and panel discussions from academics, writers, journalists, curators and musicians.
Guest presenters, such as Adjunct Associate Professor, author, and former Australian army officer James Brown and historian and author Dr Carolyn Holbrook, will each share their unique perspectives on memory, myth-making, the historical reality of the war, the notion of the sacred, and how these relate to Australia’s remembrance of the First World War.
Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said it was also important to consider how these ideas impact on future generations of Queenslanders.
“The history and memory of the Anzac legend has evolved over time and each community will respond in their own unique way to this, with their own unique stories,” Ms Enoch said.
“By understanding the value that the Anzac legend holds for different communities, we can begin to answer the question of how we can inclusively commemorate, communicate and remember these First World War stories.”
State Librarian Janette Wright said that this centenary year of the Gallipoli landing was a timely moment to re-examine our nation’s understanding of remembrance and commemoration.
“The Anzac legend has come to occupy an immense space in our national psyche, with the prolific re-telling of the story of Gallipoli as ‘the birth of a nation’,” Ms Wright said.
“Commemoration is seen by most Australians as a way to remember and honour the fallen, imbuing their memory with a sense of sacredness.”
“How we remember will explore this narrative, as well as give voice to those who seek to highlight the populist nature of this history telling and advocate for a more historically accurate record. The symposium aims to share both sides of this contentious debate.”
For more information and to register for the free symposium, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on.
How we remember: responding to 100 years since the First World War is part of Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, a five year legacy project led by State Library and proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
How we remember: responding to 100 years since the First World War
State Library of Queensland
Free, bookings required
Tue 13 Oct, 6pm–8pm
Keynote address and welcome function
Wed 14 Oct, 9am–3.30pm
Presentations and panel discussions, incl. morning tea and lunch
Keynote speaker (Tue 13 Oct)
Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown, former Australian army officer and author of Anzac’s Long Shadow
Keynote speaker (Wed 14 Oct)
Dr Carolyn Holbrook, historian and author of Anzac: the unauthorised biography
Keziah Sydes, SLQ Communications
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21 Sep 2015
Think Outside: Leading designers explore design and conflict
State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is asking leading designers to step outside their comfort zone and apply their way of thinking in new contexts.
Think Outside is a free annual talk series hosted by SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library, which invites local, national and international design thinkers to contemplate a problem outside their area of expertise, offering new and unexpected solutions for discussion.
This year’s series looks at the intersection between design and conflict, challenging panellists to consider how design might counteract the ongoing social, environmental and psychological impacts of conflict.
The series kicks-off on Wednesday 30 September, with panellists being asked: how might design employ acts of repair before, during and after conflict?
State Librarian Janette Wright said design thinking is a creative, future-focussed problem-solving process that matches needs with opportunities.
“Design thinking is becoming increasingly recognised as a powerful process for creatively exploring the challenges of the 21st century, beyond the traditional realm of designing products,” Ms Wright said.
“We’re curious to explore what happens when powerful minds are challenged to think outside their comfort zone and apply their way of thinking to the context of conflict in its many forms."
“By asking leading design thinkers these significant questions, we hope to ignite discussion that inspires new ideas and possibilities, leading to broader conversations and action on this issue,” she said.
Each speaker will have 15 minutes to be as provocative and evocative as they wish, setting the platform for a considered debate and discussion with the audience, around the practical implications of these new ideas.
2015 marks the third year of State Library’s Think Outside series, which has developed a strong track record of attracting outstanding panellists, and generating engaging and thought-provoking discussion.
Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more details and to book tickets.
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
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