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22 Jun 2015
State Library celebrates new chapter for Indigenous writing
Four new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors join State Library of Queensland's black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing team in 2015.
State Librarian Janette Wright announced the 2015 black&write! Writing Fellows as creative writing graduate Jannali Jones and law student Alison Whittaker.
"The quality of manuscripts received this year has demonstrated that Australia's Indigenous writing community is constantly growing, thriving and evolving," said Ms Wright.
"Jannali, a Krowathunkoolong woman of the Kurnai nation, is an upcoming literary star. Her work 'My Father's Shadow' is an atmospheric mystery about secrets, guilt, young love and an 18-year-old girl's journey to reconcile her past," she said.
"Alison's work, 'Lemons in the Chicken Wire', is a collection of poems about family, displacement, identity and love. Alison, a Gomeroi woman from Gunnedah and Tamworth, skilfully draws on these themes and the resulting work signals the arrival of a stunning and honest new voice in Australian poetry."
The two Writing Fellows, both based in Sydney, will each receive $10,000 prize money, manuscript development with the black&write! editorial team, and publication of their entry by Indigenous publishing house Magabala Books.
For the first time since 2010, State Library also welcomes two Editing Interns to the black&write! team with support from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
"State Library established the black&write! project to help counter the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the publishing industry. These Editing Internships are an unparalleled opportunity to produce Indigenous editors of Indigenous writing," said Ms Wright.
The black&write! Editing Interns for 2015-2016 are Grace Lucas-Pennington, a young Yugembeh/Bundjalung woman with a background in radio broadcasting, and Yasmin Smith Rockhampton, a QUT creative writing graduate and Queensland Writers Centre workshop coordinator.
Grace and Yasmin commenced work with State Library's black&write! team earlier this year and will work on the 2015 winning manuscripts from Writing Fellows Jannali and Alison.
Inaugural Editing Intern Ellen van Neerven is now black&write! Senior Editor. As a first time author, Ellen won the prestigious David Unaipon Award for 2013 for her debut novel Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), which is nationally acclaimed and has been nominated in several prize lists this year.
"Ellen is a prime example of how the black&Write! project is contributing to our national literary community, and ensuring that our unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are represented," said Ms Wright.
Visit black&write! for more information on the Indigenous Writing and Editing project and other works produced by the team.
Entries for the 2016 Writing Fellowships open late 2015.
2015 black&write! Writing Fellows:
Jannali Jones 'My Father's Shadow'
Alison Whittaker 'Lemons in the Chicken Wire'
2015 black&write! Editing Interns:
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17 Jun 2015
New grants announced for innovative digital memorial projects
State Library of Queensland has announced $100,000 will be awarded to ten community projects to help build Queensland's story of the First World War.
The grants for community based organisations have been allocated to help communities build a digital memorial of the Queensland experience of the First World War using the social media platform Historypin.
Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history. The platform allows users to explore and contribute photos, video and audio.
Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Historypin grants are a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to some of the 57,700 Queenslanders who enlisted in the First World War and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"Historypin captures the essence of Queensland's experience of the First World War — it's where local communities and organisations can share their knowledge and stories.
"Historypin provides a great platform for grant recipients to reach new audiences, helping them to learn about the impact of the First World War on Queensland," Ms Enoch said.
State Librarian Janette Wright said State Library of Queensland is capturing local stories related to the centenary of the First World War, noting in particular how we commemorate today, as part of a four year legacy project Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation.
"Communities are discovering and contributing local stories and personal histories of those who served and those who stayed behind. Communities are also being invited to develop creative responses and build a digital legacy for future generations," Ms Wright said.
The ten special projects receiving Historypin project grants represent regions across the state including Burke Shire, Blackall, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Noosa, Innisfail and Logan.
Projects funded are very diverse and showcase the unique and innovative responses to First World War centenary commemorative events. For example, Logan Library will research, explore and share the stories of descendents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen to ensure they are captured and able to be shared with future generations.
Wartime songs performed by Voices of Birralee will accompany the stories of choristers who this year traveled to Villers-Bretonneux in France and stories of their broader community's defence musicians from times past.
Fraser Coast Council working in partnership with the Maryborough and Wide Bay Historical Society are exploring the themes of patriotism through historical community activity.
"Q ANZAC 100 captures living memories of Queensland's experiences during and after the First World War and provides opportunities for organisations and individuals across Queensland to learn about, understand and contribute to the centenary of the First World War.
"Q ANZAC 100 is a contemporary commemoration where together we will build new knowledge, skills and online resources — creating a digital legacy for future generations to gain greater understanding of the Queensland experiences of the First World War," she said.
For more information about the project or grant recipients visit Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation or follow the conversation online with @slqld #distantlines #qanzac100 and #ww1.
Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
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16 Jun 2015
Inaugural APDL Connect installation unveiled at State Library
Queenslanders are invited to explore the idea of 'cultural influence on design' through the inaugural APDL Connect installation, which was unveiled at State Library today.
The APDL Connect Project, a new initiative of State Library's Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), fosters collaboration between APDL and the Asia Pacific design community through the creation of new and innovative content within the APDL Design Lounge. In doing so, the project documents a design project from concept to completion, providing audiences access to an inspiring exemplar of design process.
The winning design proposal was jointly developed by Beijing-based designers Ray Yuen, Andrew Brett and Tak Lee, and Brisbane-based designer Lauren Fenwick, in response to a regional workshop they held in the Woods Bagot Beijing and Brisbane offices, exploring the idea of 'cultural DNA'.
State Librarian Janette Wright said library visitors can engage with the installation, using string to map out their life journeys, connecting different Asia Pacific locations that are represented by timber poles.
"The design will evolve over time, visually representing the diversity of cultural backgrounds and experiences of both designers and visitors who engage with the installation," Ms Wright said.
"The APDL Connect Project is a great example of how we are building relationships with the wider Asia Pacific design community to promote contemporary design thinking and analysis, and create new content for Queenslanders to engage with," she said.
Senior Associate Ray Yuen, from Woods Bagot Beijing office, said he was thrilled to be at State Library to celebrate the launch and see the design installed in the APDL Design Lounge.
"We can't wait to see what the installation evolves into over the coming year," Mr Yuen said.
"We home that the project will promote discussion on design identity and culture, and the future of design collaboration in the Asia Pacific region," he said.
The installation will be on display in State Library's Asia Pacific Design Library until May 2016.
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
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12 Jun 2015
Distant Lines exhibition continues to delight with installations and events
Following opening celebrations, State Library's Distant Lines exhibition is offering plenty of activities, talks, installations and community events in the lead up to school holidays.
State Librarian Janette Wright said the response to Distant Lines has been very positive with great reviews received and nearly 18,000 people walking through the doors so far.
"In addition to the exhibitions in SLQ Gallery and Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery there is an exciting public program on offer for families to explore and reflect on the centenary of the First World War. Bring the whole family to SLQ on Saturday 11 July for Comforts from the home front, a community day on the best veranda in town — the Queensland Terrace — to experience food, crafts, games and stories from the First World War period," Ms Wright said.
Distant Lines aims to educate people of all ages about Queensland's experience of the First World War with many of State Library's precious First World War collections on display that have never been seen by the public before.
Community engagement is an important part of the exhibition and events program with several opportunities available for visitors to reflect on the profound long-term impact the war had on families, lifestyle, ideas and technology.
From home with love — a tactile installation by The Stitchery Collective on display in SLQ Gallery — features three small 'sets' to visit and engage with. Each set corresponds to a character or group of people affected by the war: a young soldier in the trenches, a nurse in a field hospital, and a Queensland family at home. Visitors are invited to touch and wear garments whilst listening to an audio tour which explores the feelings and memories that cloth can evoke and tell stories related to that piece.
Knit your bit Saturdays on the first and third Saturday of each month offers a wonderful chance for visitors to get hands on — they can collaboratively crochet, construct and decorate an ever-growing comforter with fellow crafters.
One hundred years on from the beginning of the First World war there are still stories to be told, memories to be shared, and hidden treasures to discover. Make a visit to Distant Lines to experience the unique Queensland experience of the war — before, during and after.
For full program details visit the Q ANZAC 100 website or follow the conversation online with @slqld #distantlines #qanzac100 and #ww1
Distant Lines, as part of State Library's Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
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9 Jun 2015
Queensland public libraries embrace emerging technologies
Exciting new Queensland public library projects will soon launch in 15 councils throughout Queensland thanks to State Library's Technology Trendsetters 2015 grant round.
Grants totalling over $228,000 will enable councils to creatively incorporate emerging technologies and 21st Century online services in their public libraries.
State Librarian and CEO Janette Wright said the Technology Trendsetters grants aim to enhance communities' access to online information, encourage online engagement and develop digital literacy skills of library staff and the community.
"This year we received an overwhelming response of applications and are pleased to announce that every council was successfully awarded the funding amount requested," Ms Wright said.
"The diversity of creative project proposals demonstrates that libraries play an important role as 'Technology Trendsetters' and are used as community hubs for digital engagement, exploration and skill development.
"An example is Noosa Shire Council's innovative 'Robots for everyone' project which introduces cutting-edge robotics technology to the community through a series of learning and social programs based on a fully programmable NAO humanoid robot.
"Use of this robot in a library is a first for Australia and shows how libraries are places for communities to interact with and learn about new technologies."
Projects range from the creation of an 'e-space' for online group training in Maryborough (Fraser Coast Regional Council); electronics, robotics and coding sessions for children throughout Brisbane (Brisbane City Council); and implementation of modern scanning facilities in Gympie libraries to help form an online historic record of the Gympie region using the Historypin platform.
Technology Trendsetters is one of the four themes of The Next Horizon: Vision 2017 for Queensland public libraries, developed by the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Public Libraries Association and the Local Government Association of Queensland.
VISION 2017 is the strategic roadmap for the future of public libraries in Queensland for 2013-2017.
For more information on VISION 2017 and upcoming projects in all 15 locations visit Public Libraries Connect.
The successful public libraries will start developing their projects from 30 June 2015.
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2 Jun 2015
State Library unveils model Expo 88 sculpture by international artist
State Library of Queensland today unveiled the model of a sculpture by international artist Jon Barlow Hudson, renowned for his Brisbane World Expo 88 artworks.
The model or maquette, is a sectional model of Barlow Hudson's artwork Paradigm, one of two sculptures originally created for Expo 88.
State Librarian Janette Wright said that it was a pleasure to welcome the Paradigm maquette to its new home at State Library (SLQ) in South Bank.
"State Library is committed to discovering, recording and sharing Queensland's history, and Expo 88 and Jon Barlow Hudson's sculptures from a significant part of that history," Ms Wright said.
"We are extremely grateful to Jon Barlow Hudson, and to the Museum of Brisbane for their generous five-year loan of this iconic piece."
The Paradigm maquette was originally created in 1988 and has never before been on public display.
The maquette was a gift to Museum of Brisbane from the artist and Peter Rasey, Director of the Expo 88 25th Anniversary People's Committee.
The original sculpture, Paradigm, was constructed in stainless steel and towered over the Expo 88 site at 30 metres high.
Based on the double helix of the DNA molecule, during Expo 88 Paradigm also housed 66 aeroplane landing lights that created a mesmerising night-time display.
Paradigm was the world’s first sculpture to be designed with the aid of a computer, and the world’s first to have a computerised lighting system installed.
The second Expo 88 work, Morning Star II, is currently installed in the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens.
In January 2014, Barlow Hudson also donated to State Library a series of papers, photographs, plans, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and reports relating to Paradigm and Morning Star II.
“The Paradigm maquette serves as a physical reminder of the legacy of Expo 88 in Queensland, complementing the original materials and papers now housed in SLQ’s John Oxley Library,” Ms Wright said.
“Thanks to a generous donation of $5,000 from Peter Rasey, these papers will be digitised and made available online. This means that the materials and the historical information contained within them will be easily accessible by all Queenslanders, not just those in the vicinity of Brisbane.”
Read more about Jon Barlow Hudson’s work on SLQ’s blogs at www.blogs.slq.qld.gov.au.
Barlow Hudson has been making sculptures for public, private and corporate sites worldwide since 1976, with installations in 26 countries. Expo 88 was Barlow Hudson’s first international commission.
You can view an interactive map to find locations of Barlow Hudson’s sculptures around the world at www.hudsonsculpture.com/map. Brisbane is the only Australian city to host Barlow Hudson’s artwork.
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29 May 2015
State Library honours Queensland history with awards
State Library of Queensland announced the recipients of four history awards at its annual Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony last night.
State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Memory Awards were celebrated each year to acknowledge excellence in research and the creation of new knowledge about Queensland's history.
"Queensland's past is rich with untold stories waiting to be explored and shared with our community," Ms Wright said.
"The extensive documentary heritage house in State Library's collections provides many exciting opportunities for researchers to delve into Queensland history and share their discoveries in new, unique and innovative ways," she said.
The 2015 award recipients are:
- John Oxley Library Fellowship: Madonna Grehan (12 months residency in the John Oxley Library)
- Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship: Julie Hornibrook (6 months residency in the John Oxley Library)
- John Oxley Library Award (joint winner): Trisha Fielding
- John Oxley Library Award (joint winner): Trevor Newman
- John Oxley Library Community History Award: Ration Shed Museum, Cherbourg
Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said State Library of Queensland, through the John Oxley Library, had a key responsibility as the custodian of Queensland's memory.
"These awards honour the many individuals across our commitments who go to extraordinary lengths to research and record our state's rich, fascinating and diverse history," she said.
"These individuals often receive little recognition for their effort – effort which can make an invaluable contribution to our understanding and appreciation of ourselves and each other, and the world in which we live."
Supported by the Queensland Library Foundation, the $20,000 John Oxley Library Fellowship will enable Madonna Grehan to embark on her research project, Something tangible to show our gratitude: a history of Queensland's Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses, using the John Oxley Library collections.
A certified nurse herself, Madonna's project explores Queensland's largest fundraising campaign of the 20th century, which was dedicated to honouring the nurses from Australian Army Nursing Services who lost their lives in the 1943 Centaur maritime disaster.
Granddaughter of Queensland building industry pioneer, Sir Manuel Hornibrook, Julie Hornibrook is the recipient of the $15,000 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship.
Julie's project brings together original materials from the John Oxley Library and her personal family collection of photographs, mementos and letters to explore the legacy of her grandfather in Sir Manuel Hornibrook: Father of the Australian Building Industry.
The 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.
This year, the John Oxley Library Award was presented to two individuals who have worked tirelessly to share their local history with the broader community through online engagement.
The 2015 award was presented to Trisha Fielding from Townsville for her work as historian and blogger of North Queensland History (northqueenslandhistory.blogspot.com.au); and to Trevor Newman from Brisbane for his work on recording the history, stories and many faces of Brisbane in his blog Your Brisbane Past and Present (yourbrisbanepastandpresent.com).
The John Oxley Library Community History Award, also supported by the Queensland Library Foundation, this year went to the Ration Shed Museum in Cherbourg.
The Ration Shed Museum was acknowledged for their significant work in connecting the community to their local history, as well as sharing stories with the broader Queensland community online.
The Museum's exhibitions and programs celebrate many unknown aspects of contemporary, local Aboriginal culture and ensure important stories are recorded for posterity. In particular the unique exhibition Boys from Barambah which pays tribute to 47 Barambah men who proudly served in the First World War.
All Queensland Memory Awards recipients were celebrated with a formal awards ceremony at State Library of Queensland last night.
The 2015 Fellows will soon begin work on their projects and will share outcomes with State Library's online community throughout their time as Fellows.
For more information on the Awards see Queensland Memory Awards.
2015 John Oxley Library Fellowship
Madonna Grehan – Something tangible to show our gratitude: a history of Queensland's Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses
2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship
Julie Hornibrook – Sir Manuel Hornibrook: Father of the Australian Building Industry
2015 John Oxley Library Award
Trisha Fielding – North Queensland History
Trevor Newman – Your Brisbane Past and Present
2015 John Oxley Library Community History Award
Sandra Morgan, Chairperson, Ration Shed Museum
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26 May 2015
Got a story to tell? State Library offers young writers chance to win $2,000
Aspiring young writers are invited to enter State Library's Young Writers Award, for a chance to win great prizes and kick start their literary career.
Now in it's twentieth year, this annual short story competition which has traditionally been open to Queenslanders aged 18-25, is this year introducing a new age category for 15-17 year olds.
State Librarian Janette Wright said the Young Writers Award demonstrated State Library's commitment to cultivate the talents and careers of emerging young writers in Queensland.
"The competition is a great opportunity for budding wordsmiths to gain invaluable exposure to the publishing industry, and share in a selection of great prizes and professional opportunities," Ms Wright said.
"We've lowered the minimum entrant age because we want to provide the support, encouragement and industry exposure that talented teenage writers need to confidently pursue a literary career.
"For 20 years, the Award for a short piece of writing has helped kick-start the literary careers of many prominent Queensland authors, including Christopher Currie (The Ottoman Motel), Alasdair Duncan (Sushi Central), Chris Somerville (We Are Not The Same Anymore), Benjamin Law (The Family Law) and Tara June Winch (Swallow the Air).
"I encourage all 15 to 25 year old Queenslanders to channel their creativity and determination, and share the stories that are meaningful to them," she said.
Since last year's competition, 2014 winner Michael Day has had two memoir short stories published in print magazines, and begun work on a novella-length project based on some of the same themes as Zen Master, his Young Writers Award entry.
Michael said the main benefits of winning the award were getting to meet so many other young writers, and gaining confidence to pursue what he loves.
"I now know what I like writing about and feel a little more comfortable calling myself a writer," Michael said.
The winner of the 18-25 year old category will receive $2,000 prize money, along with a 12 month membership to the Queensland Writers Centre and the Australian Writer's Marketplace online, a Brisbane Writers Festival pack and admission to a Queensland Writers Centre industry seminar.
The winner of the 15-17 year old category will receive an Apple iPad air 2, a $100 iTunes gift voucher, a 12 month membership to the Queensland Writers Centre and admission to a Story Lab holiday workshop at State Library of Queensland.
Entries close at 5pm on Friday 17 July 2015. For competition guidelines, writing tips and to read last year's winning stories see SLQ's Young Writers Award.
The Young Writers Award is funded by State Library of Queensland and supported by Queensland Writers Centre, Brisbane Writers Festival and Australian Writer's Marketplace.
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22 Apr 2015
Siganto Foundation Artists' Books Fellows announced by State Library of QueenslandTwo artists have been awarded Siganto Foundation Artists' Books Fellowships to create new works for State Library's nationally significant collection of artists' books.
Julie Barratt and Clyde McGill have been awarded $9,000 each to spend six months creating new works.
Printmaker Julie Barratt has concentrated on artists' books construction for the last few years. She is interested in tactility and texture and employs embossing, stitching, and collograph printing in her books.
Her project Blair Athol Re-cut is a pictorial and oral history project to be realised in the form of a sculptural artist's book.
Ms Barratt said, "The book will speak about the displacement of an entire township to make way for an open-cut coal mine.
"As a child living on the nearby Blair Athol Station, this relocation had a direct impact on my childhood, my sense of place, and my sense of community as friends and family were relocated to neighbouring town Clermont."
Ms Barratt said her book would be made up of pages inlaid with historical road maps from SLQ's John Oxley Library which show Blair Athol as a town.
"The etched maps will be overlaid with images and text," she said.
SLQ currently holds two of Julie Barratt's works, 'Collateral Damage' and 'A place called touch'.
Clyde McGill is an artist working across a wide range of artistic practices and areas of interest including: performance, drawing, artists' books, video and still photography, printmaking, and collaborative art.
His project is entitled 'Looking for Queensland's boundaries: the poetry and magic of ephemeral evidence'. In this work McGill will address the ephemeral in the collections, from bus tickets to maps as well as exploring the counterpoint of permanency of ephemera within library collections.
Mr McGill said he was interested in the changing elements that reflect the flux and context of place in Queensland.
SLQ holds four of McGill's artists' books, 'A remnant of a journey, he said, to the space between us/to Berlin', 'Atlas strongman', 'Inside/Outside (ii)', and 'Souvenirs'.
State Library has just opened a new round of Siganto Artists' Books Fellowships closing on 1 June. Two Fellowships are available – the Creative Fellowship is open to artists' books makers to create a new work based on State Library's collections and the Research Fellowship is open to scholars and researchers interested in generating new knowledge about State Library's nationally significant artists' books collections.
For more information about the Fellowships or how to apply, see Awards and competitions.
Cathy Stacey, SLQ Communications
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9 Apr 2015
New design installation announced for State Library
State Library of Queensland is delighted to announce a team from global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot will deliver the inaugural APDL Connect Project installation.
The APDL Connect Project, a new initiative of State Library's Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), gives designers from the Asia Pacific region an opportunity to develop and display their work in the APDL Design Lounge. In doing so, the project aims to document a design project from concept to completion, providing audiences access to an inspiring exemplar of design process.
State Librarian Janette Wright said she was impressed by the quality of proposals State Library received in the project's first year.
"We received many high calibre proposals from designers across the Asia Pacific region, and across a broad range of design disciplines; although one proposal in particular stood out as intriguing and inspiring, demonstrating a clear understanding of and engagement with the theme," Ms Wright said.
"The Woods Bagot proposal, which explores the idea of cultural DNA, is an interactive design that will build over time, engaging the public and continuously evolving."
The winning proposal was developed by Beijing-based designers Ray Yuen, Andrew Brett and Tak Lee, and will be project managed by Brisbane-based designer Laura Fenwick, in response to a regional workshop they held in the Woods Beijing and Brisbane offices, exploring the idea of cultural influences on design.
Laura Fenwick said the designers were thrilled to have the opportunity to exhibit within the Asia Pacific Design Library, and to encourage and stimulate discussion on design in the Asia Pacific region.
"As the installation evolves over time, we hope it will provide a visual representation of the diversity of cultural backgrounds and experiences of both designers and visitors who engage with the project," Ms Fenwick said.
The installation is expected to be installed in State Library's Design Lounge in June, and will be on display until May 2016. Queenslanders are encouraged to visit the Lounge and contribute to the evolution of this artwork.
For more information about State Library and APDL, visit www.slq.qld.gov.au.
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