Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence

2020 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence Meredith Garlick

The 2020 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence was awarded to Meredith Garlick for her project Reel Times: Thirty Years of Queensland Filmmaking (1990-2020). 

“Reel Times” is a survey of Queensland filmmaking spanning the past 30 years. It looks at Queensland stories (factual or fictional), creatively driven and made by Queenslanders for local, national and international audiences. Meredith Garlick’s ambition is to understand what drives filmmakers to tell their stories, as well as to collate a complete picture of the way the state has represented itself.

Filmmaking is fundamentally a means by which we tell our stories and share our histories. Whether it is a straight-out observational documentary or a genre-bending online series, filmmakers seek to explore the world, to show us relatable characters and to shed light on forgotten, overlooked parts of our shared past. In the period of the intended research, the Queensland industry has professionalised and grown to a point where there is a rich vein of stories to explore. We might consider this the first generation of Queensland filmmaking.

2019 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence Seth Ellis

The 2019 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence was awarded to Seth Ellis for his project Sound as historical material: developing a new way of cataloguing, describing and accessing sound in the archive.

Seth’s project proposes the development of a way of cataloguing sounds within the State Library’s collections—both historical, and newly collected.  This tool will make historical sound more searchable and perceptible by researchers and the general public.

In audio visual collections, a single sound recording can provide the same multilayered information as a photograph: a multiplicity of details about experience that is physical and emotional. The examination of sound in this way can provide a rich understanding of experience.

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

The successful applicant receives a bursary of $15,000, a personal work space within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to the extensive collections and expertise of library staff.

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 fellowships@slq.qld.gov.au or call 07 3840 7879 or 07 3840 7887.

The Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence is supported by Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Library Foundation.