Art and design

The arts and design collections of SLQ contain a broad selection of materials relating to the world history of art from pre-history to the present day. The collection strength of 19th and 20th century Western art resources is complemented by the contemporary resources of the Asia Pacific Design Library and the specialist collections about Australian art and bookarts that comprise the Australian Library of Art: the James Hardie Library of Australian Fine Art, The Lindsay Collection of Pat Corrigan, The History and Art of the Book Collection and the Artists’ Book Collection.

Subjects collected include:

Painting, sculpture and design
All schools, major artists, styles and periods from the ancient world to the 21st century are covered. Related fields such as drawing, illustration, graphic and decorative arts, commercial art, cartooning, fashion and textile arts are also collected.

Architectural history from ancient times to the contemporary world is the basis of this collection. The related fields of urban design and planning, landscape architecture, interior design and decoration are also collected.

Works about major photographers, published collections of photographs and the history of photography to the present day are included. While historical collections cover technical aspects of photography, contemporary material has an artistic focus.

Antiques and collectables
The emphasis for this subject is on identification, collection and valuation of antiques and collectables. Related fields of ceramics and pottery, textile arts, art metalwork, numismatics and furniture history and design are also collected.

James Hardie Library of Australian Fine Arts

A research collection devoted to the visual arts in Australia. Part of the Australian Library of Art.

The Lindsay Collection of Pat Corrigan

Related to the Lindsay family of Australian artists and writers. Part of the Australian Library of Art

The History and Art of the Book Collection

Containing specimens and reference works on all aspects of book and printing history. Part of the Australian Library of Art

Artists’ Book Collection

Australia's largest publicly available collection of artists' books - artworks that use the form or the concept of the book. Part of the Australian Library of Art

The Johnstone Gallery Archive

The Johnstone Gallery was a commercial art gallery in Brisbane from 1950 to 1972 during a seminal time in the development of an audience for contemporary art in Australia.

The Asia Pacific Design Library

A shared space (physically and digitally) for industry, academia and the public to come together in the generation of new knowledge around design in the Asia Pacific.

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