Past events and exhibitions
The State Library of Queensland has a rich tradition of hosting and staging a range of remarkable events and exhibitions.
Cartoon, Animation and Manga (CAM) workshops Jan 2012
The Summer 2012 Cartoon, Animation and Manga Workshops for children at the State Library of Queensland, held back in Jan 2012. Check current calendars for coming workshops.
CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade
CUSP is a journey into the innovative world of design thinking where design is used to develop creative solutions to the big challenges we face now and in the future
Celebrating Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander style and the strong, proud and vibrant Flash Women who define it. Closed 30 Apr 2012.
Garage Gamer at SLQ was Queensland’s first games space exclusively dedicated to local game lovers and game makers. The exhibition closed on 14 April 2013.
Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings
Nineteenth century pastoral life on the Darling Downs came alive in this intimate exhibition of treasures at SLQ. Exhibition closed 21 Apr 2013
Exhibition closed Sunday 12 Oct 2014. This immersive exhibition explored the architecture of mid-century Queensland, and featured a full-scale re-creation of the 1957 Jacobi House, interactive future cityscapes, 3D models, and historical drawings.
Ideas Festival 2011
Information about events held at the State Library as part of the annual Ideas Festival held in May 2011.
Live! Queensland band culture
Celebrating the soundtrack of our state, SLQ set the stage for the music of Queensland. Exhibition closed 17 Nov 2013.
Lumia: art/light/motion was an extraordinary collection of hand-crafted and interactive electronic creatures and installations featured in the SLQ Gallery in 2011.
Metal As Anything: Ron McBurnie
An exhibition showcasing 30 years of intricate and endearing etchings by Townsville artist Ron McBurnie. The exhibition closed on 25 Nov 2012.
Nielson Design Lectures
A series of talks presented by the State Library of Queensland and Nielson in an award-winning partnership. The most recent lection was held on 23 Nov 2011.
Our Dreaming for families
This exhibition and its associated events closed on 9 June 2014. Our Dreaming: animating country - connecting people to place through animation and storytelling.
Out of the Port talks
An intimate series of presentations, discussions and events that respond to contemporary questions, designs and people.
The SLiQ Flicks free weekly film screening program finished on 31 Aug 2014. The State Library will occasionally include film screenings as part of its overall programming.
State of Emergency
Politics and protests surrounding the 1982 Commonwealth Games. Exhibition closed 19 Apr 2013.
The Strait Home exhibition and its related events provided an unparalleled opportunity to experience and share stories from the Torres Strait Islands. The exhibition was held from 1 Jul to 23 Oct 2011.
A free family exhibition featuring a menagerie of curiosities pulled from deep within a museums vault.
A number of State Library's exhibitions have 'gone on tour' to Queensland's regional centres in recent years, including Floodlines until mid-2016, and Transforming Tindale until Feb 2017.
Awakening South East Queensland historical traditions through contemporary art, Art of the Skins revitalises the practice of possum skin cloak making.
The exhibition was held from 25 Jun - 20 Nov 2016.
Twelve diverse individuals share their stories through objects, photographs, artwork and memories in the Tradition Now exhibition.
Tradition Now was held from 18 Jun 2016 to 15 Feb 2017.
Unheard stories were given a voice in this powerful exhibition of scientific photographs and contemporary artworks, exploring the legacy of Norman Tindale's 1938 anthropological expedition to Aboriginal communities. Artist Vernon Ah Kee drew inspiration from photographs of his family in the Tindale Genealogical Collection to produce poignant works capturing the personalities behind the scientific images. In the exhibition, Tindale’s photographs were presented in two beautifully bound books alongside digitised images of Vernon Ah Kee’s artworks that were woven within the digital stories as part of the travelling exhibition.
Transforming Tindale was a thought-provoking journey into the Tindale collection, what it means to Aboriginal people and its place in Queensland's history.
The Transforming Tindale exhibition was held in the slq Gallery from 6 September to 9 December 2012, and the travelling exhibition continued to tour Queensland regional centres until early 2017.
Floodlines: a living memory celebrated the resilience of communities, responding to the significant events of the summer of 2010-11.
Queenslanders – through film, sound, ideas and photos in the Flood and Cyclone Mosaic of community-contributed photos – helped tell the rich and complex story of a summer we will never forget.
Using augmented reality technology, the Floodlines app allows you to simulate the rise and fall of the Brisbane River across the CBD and surrounding areas.
The Floodlines exhibition was held 17 April-9 August 2012, while the Travelling exhibition toured Queensland until mid-2016.
- Archived copies of the Floodlines site remain available through the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.
- The AR Marker Cards for use with the Floodlines app are also available in the Wayback Machine (example).
Art in Architecture
An exhibition featuring the State Library's collection of architectural drawings from the Brisbane partnership of Hall and Dods 1896 - 1916.
It was on display in the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery from 16 April – 13 June 2011.
Behind the lines: the year's best cartoons 2009
Through the eyes of Australia's top cartoonists, this travelling National Museum of Australia exhibition captured the twists and turns of another eventful year in Australian politics. It traced major events of 2009 including the Black Saturday bushfires, fighting the recession, Australia's relationship with China, debate over the Emissions Trading Scheme, and other hot topics including the controversial 'ute-gate' scandal, the swine flu pandemic and the arrival of refugees.
Behind the lines was held in the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery from late 2010 until 3 Apr 2011.
Of Love and war
Of love and war, an Australian War Memorial Travelling Exhibition presented by the State Library, explored the relationships forged during times of conflict, and the emotions felt by couples as a result of separation, loss and reunion.
It detailed the excitement of blossoming romance, passionate affairs and whirlwind weddings that have taken place since the World War I, and continue today.
It tells of sweethearts and lovers separated by war, the loneliness and trauma that could tear some apart, and the anguish of those who had lost a partner. Finally, there were the stories of the survivors and their new beginnings when peace returned: the joy of reunion, the challenges of relationships built on wartime experiences, and the new discoveries by war brides resettling in foreign lands.
Of love and war was held in the slq Gallery from late 2010 until 6 Mar 2011.
Truth to Tell: Cartoons of AJ Hingston 1907-1910
The political events of more than a century ago assumed a fresh relevance in a new exhibition at the State Library. Truth to Tell: Cartoons of AJ Hingston 1907-1910 featured original pen and ink cartoons satirising the leaders, events and issues of Queensland politics at the turn of the twentieth century. Originally published in the weekly Truth newspaper, Arthur Hingston's cartoons cast a satirical eye on the politics of the time. Held in the Talbot Family Treasures Wall from late 2010 until 13 Mar 2011.
Truth to Tell was held in the Talbot Family Treasures Wall from late 2010 until 13 Mar 2011.