Letty Katts Award

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The Letty Katts Award supports the research and documenting of Queensland’s music history and is offered every two years. The next award will be offered in 2018. The award gives a musician, composer, scholar or researcher the opportunity to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history. The Award commemorates Queensland songwriter and musician Violet Mellick (stage name Letty Katts), and is supported by an endowment to the Queensland Library Foundation by Stanton and Jill Mellick.

The recipient will receive $5,000 along with a personal workspace within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for a period of 3 months, granting unparalleled access to collection items, as well as expert advice from State Library staff for the duration of their project.

2016 winner

John WillsteedJohn Willsteed, Street life: posters and their role  in the Brisbane music scene 1975–1995.

Street Life is a research project designed to enhance the scope of the posters currently in State Library’s collection by adding details around provenance; by encouraging music poster donations to State Library through social media and personal contacts in the music industry; and by contextualising the posters in written form as well as public presentation/exhibition.

Posters in the collection will be researched and information corrected and added. There is much ambiguity in the current descriptions and much missing data.

New donations will be sought through social media and industry contacts. There are many people who may not be aware of the significance of their collections, and some for whom the Cultural Gifts Program may be appropriate.

Posters already contain great varieties of style and content, and lend themselves to being both background to stories and memory triggers for audiences. The images will be at the developmental core of a story about the music scene – about bands and audiences, about Brisbane and the southeast.

Enquiries or requests for further information should be directed to the Project/Support Officer, State Library of Queensland on 07 3840 7887 or email Fellowships@slq.qld.gov.au.

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