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The Salon Electric

By Anita Lewis | 14 August 2017

Be seduced by the alluring glow of neon.

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The Design Lounge on level 2 will be luminescent when we flick on the lights for The Salon Electric, a celebration of neon signs in Queensland and the Asia Pacific.

We will look at the process of making neon, its relationship to night life subculture and its latter-day resurgence in contemporary art and design.

Visit the Design Lounge to see Mr Fourex’s beer, the old Kookaburra Café sign and more; alongside photographs, ephemera and books from SLQ’s collection.

There will be a number of neon-themed events during the exhibition such as films, neon demonstration/workshop and twilight neon-walking tour. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

We are also encouraging neon-lovers to pin their own photos via Historypin to join our quest to track the story of neon in Queensland. We are looking for both contemporary and historical Queensland neon photos that you may wish to share from your very own photo album.

Plus, join us for the Queensland premiere screening of NEON a film that celebrates the beauty, colour and vibrant history of the neon sign from an international perspective. Book your tickets here.


The Salon Electric

Opens Fri 25 August until Sunday 11 February 2018

Where: APDL Design Lounge, level 2, State Library of Queensland.

When: Daily from  10am – 5pm

Cost: Free



Tuesday 5 September

Where: Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland.

When: 6pm-8pm with exhibition viewing from 5.30pm

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Register here.

Hacienda horse and rider (NEON production still). © Wildbear Entertainment

Hacienda horse and rider (NEON production still). © Wildbear Entertainment


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