Bright Bold Boundless: Designing the Queen's Baton

Explore the fascinating design story behind the innovative Queen’s Baton for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at State Library of Queensland.

Designed, engineered and manufactured by Brisbane-based Designworks, the GC2018 Queen’s Baton draws inspiration from the boundless energy of the people, place and spirit of the Gold Coast. In form and inspiration the GC2018 Queen’s Baton is a symbol of the past, present and future.

Bright Bold Boundless takes you into the heart of design thinking in practice and the history of this longstanding Commonwealth Games tradition. View early sketches, video diaries and interviews to unearth the inspiration behind the Baton’s unique design and technological capabilities. Learn about the creative use of local materials and plastics reclaimed from Gold Coast waterways that form part of the Baton’s structure. Examine exclusive prototypes of the GC 2018 Queen’s Baton, a range of Games ephemera and images as well as batons from past Commonwealth Games.

GC2018 Queen's Baton Relay in Blackall.

GC2018 Queen's Baton Relay in Blackall.

Bright Bold Boundless: Designing the Queen’s Baton offers visitors an opportunity to see up close rarely-seen Commonwealth Games memorabilia and provides a behind-the-scenes look at contemporary design in practice.

As part of the Bright Bold Boundless display, SLQ will host Untold stories of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton. Hear from Designworks as they take us on a behind-the-scenes journey of designing the Baton.

Also, join a curator-led tour of the Bright Bold Boundless  in the Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL).

Date: Saturday 31 March

Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Where: The Red Box, level 2, SLQ

Cost: Free

Register: here

Please note that there will be road closures around Brisbane for the Queen's Baton Relay on Saturday 31 March. Public transport to the Cultural Precinct is recommended.

Bright Bold Boundless: Designing the Queen’s Baton
Until – 12 August 2018
Open daily
Asia Pacific Design Library, level 2
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct
Free entry


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