Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence

About the award

The Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence aims to attract leading thinkers who will develop new ideas, tools, strategies or services that benefit both Queensland’s GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector and State Library of Queensland.   

The successful applicant will receive a bursary of $15,000, a personal work space within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to State Library’s extensive collections and staff expertise.   

The Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence is supported by Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Library Foundation., is awarded annually, with successful applicants selected through a combination of public EOIs and internal appointments. 

For more information about the Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence please email or call 07 3840 7879 

2021 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence

The 2021 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence was awarded to Ms Jo-Anne Driessens for her project Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens perspectives.

Jo-Anne's project will aim to address two key needs identified in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector:

  • Increased representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander material, depicting historical events, people and places in GLAM collections.
  • Increased capability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander photographers to maintain their own collections, to enable greater connection with community and GLAM organisations.

The outcomes and benefits of this project align to the State Library’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection Commitments. This will actively enhance the collection and diversity of material by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the promotion of our uniqueness and capabilities.

Jo-Anne is a descendant of the Koa people and a professional photographer and arts worker. Jo-Anne completed a cadetship at State Library and spent the next 15 years working as a staff photographer, she is passionate about supporting and mentoring the next generation of Aboriginal documentary photographers. Jo's photographs are available to view on State Library's OneSearch Catalogue and featured in the online exhibition Twenty: Two decades of Queensland Photography. You can watch an interview, Behind the Lens with Jo about her photography.

For more information on Jo-Anne's project watch her video below.

Ms Joanne Dreissens, recipient of the 2021 Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence.

2021 Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence, Jo-Anne Driessens talks about her project.

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