The State Library of Queensland has a rich tradition of hosting and staging a range of remarkable events, including the following.
Live! Queensland band culture
Celebrating the soundtrack of our state, SLQ set the stage for the music of Queensland. Exhibition closed 17 Nov 2013.
Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings
Nineteenth century pastoral life on the Darling Downs comes alive in this intimate exhibition of treasures at SLQ. Exhibition closed 21 Apr 2013.
Nielson Design Lectures
A series of talks presented by the State Library of Queensland and Nielson in an award-winning partnership.
Out of the Port talks
An intimate series of presentations, discussions and events that respond to contemporary questions, designs and people.
Celebrating Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander style and the strong, proud and vibrant Flash Women who define it.
Cartoon, Animation and Manga (CAM) workshops Jan 2012
Information about the Summer 2012 Cartoon, Animation and Manga Workshops for children at the State Library of Queensland.
Ideas Festival 2011
Information about events held at the State Library of Queensland as part of the annual Ideas Festival
A free family exhibition featuring a menagerie of curiosities pulled from deep within a museums vault.
Metal As Anything: Ron McBurnie
An exhibition showcasing 30 years of intricate and endearing etchings by Townsville artist Ron McBurnie.
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.
Through stories, exhibitions and events, Floodlines shared contemporary and historical memories of Queensland's floods – making sense of the past and celebrating the spirit of recovery.
Lumia: art/light/motion was an exciting media exhibition presented by State Library of Queensland in partnership with Queensland-based Kuuki collective artists Priscilla Bracks and Gavin Sade.
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.
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. View an excerpt from the exhibition.
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.