The Great & Grand Rumpus

Free exhibition
11 December 2021 – 18 April 2022
slq Gallery, level 2
#slqGreatGrandRumpus

Explore The Great & Grand Rumpus, a sculptural, digital, and immersive installation.

The exhibition origins lie in the limitless imaginations of children. The fifteen-month long community engagement project invited children from around Brisbane to expand their imaginations, and in doing so dream up a collection of the most fantastic, astonishing and magical things you could expect to see.

A warning to all who enter these doors
The brave who pass through Wobbly Tooth's jaws
Respect The Grumpus, yes that's the name
For when you enter this world, you're never the same
Through what is old, find a new state of mind
So open your eyes, who knows what you'll find?

The Making of The Great & Grand Rumpus

Explore the journey to create The Great & Grand Rumpus exhibition with the community, schools, universities, and makers.
 

The Well

Dive into The Well and explore ideas and imaginary creatures from children’s imaginations.
 

Events

Rumpus Holiday Fun

Let your child's creativity run wild this summer with Rumpus Holiday Fun! Come on an imaginative adventure at State Library and discover a wonderous new world with exciting activities the whole family can enjoy. //-->
Entry of The Great  Grand Rumpus
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The Great & Grand Rumpus curator tour

Tue 15 Feb (multiple dates) · 10–10:30am
This summer step into a wild world of wonder, wackiness and whimsy. Explore large cardboard sculptures scaling more than 4.5 meters high and watch as they are brought to life by interactive digital projections. Join the curator of The Great & Grand Rumpus for a tour of this sculptural, digital, and immersive installation. Tours are free and space is limited. Book now to reserve your place.  Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.  Presented as part of The Great & Grand Rumpus exhibition.    Important COVID-19 information In line with the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, from 17 December 2021 unvaccinated people aged 16 years and over will be unable to enter Queensland Government-owned libraries, galleries and museums. This includes State Library of Queensland.  We will continue following Queensland Government advice. Given the public health directions are subject to change, please check our alerts page before your visit for the latest information.

The Great & Grand Rumpus Family Tour

Spectacular tales of cardboard marvels as related by the anthropomorphic representation of The Great & Grand Rumpus.  This is an in-character tour of the exhibition. Tours are free and no bookings required.  Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.  Presented as part of The Great & Grand Rumpus exhibition.    Important COVID-19 information In line with the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, from 17 December 2021 unvaccinated people aged 16 years and over will be unable to enter Queensland Government-owned libraries, galleries and museums. This includes State Library of Queensland.  We will continue following Queensland Government advice. Given the public health directions are subject to change, please check our alerts page before your visit for the latest information.
Man standing in front of giant cardboard sculptures
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The Great & Grand Rumpus: Make and Design Tour

Wed 16 Feb (multiple dates) · 5:30–6pm
The utterly fantastical Imaginarium of The Great & Grand Rumpus provides an in-character tour of the exhibition.  Allow your inner child to experience the limitless imagination of make-believe places and see how over 1000 innovative storytellers just like you have crafted and sculpted mythical worlds and creatures based on ideas workshopped by kids over the last 18 months. Tours are free and space is limited. Book now to reserve your place. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.  Presented as part of The Great & Grand Rumpus exhibition.    Important COVID-19 information In line with the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, from 17 December 2021 unvaccinated people aged 16 years and over will be unable to enter Queensland Government-owned libraries, galleries and museums. This includes State Library of Queensland.  We will continue following Queensland Government advice. Given the public health directions are subject to change, please check our alerts page before your visit for the latest information.

Library Shop

How Was That Built The Stories Behind Awesome Structures illustrated book cover

How Was That Built? The Stories Behind Awesome Structures
Roma Agrawal

Two wooden pencils with ruler markings

Pencil Ruler

Out of the Box 25 Incredible Craft Projects You Can Make From Cardboard book cover

Out of the Box: 25 Incredible Craft Projects You Can Make From Cardboard
Jemma Westing

Mr Shahas Marvellous Machines book cover

Mr Shaha's Marvellous Machines
Emily Robertson

Share your experience

Come and play at The Great & Grand Rumpus and share with us on Instagram with #slqGreatGrandRumpus.

 

 

Learn

Explore the creative learning resources used in The Great & Grand Rumpus with State Library's Curriculum Connect.

From the blog

Behold! The Great & Grand Rumpus 2021 has begun!

31 March 2021
This extraordinary project is a celebration of creativity, community, and is happening throughout 2021. In workshops happening at State Library and in schools throughout the year, project participants will work away to imagine, design and build an extraordinary public exhibition of large-scale sculptures and immersive installations. 

The making of a giant imaginary shark

30 August 2021
If you’ve ever admired the creative thoughts of children, and wanted to bring their ideas to life – come behind the scenes at The Edge’s Fabrication Lab and learn how we’re building a giant cardboard shark!

Making your way with sustainable design

27 September 2021
Cardboard boxes are everywhere.

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