We are excited to announce that from Monday 14 December, we are welcoming our community back onsite into kuril dhagun!
State Library has worked with Queensland Health to develop a specific COVID-Safe Site Plan that governs how we are managing safe practices onsite. Bookings are essential to attend our activities. Please read the FAQs for more information, and check the conditions of entry before booking your visit.
As we reopen, join us for A Deep Listening experience every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 2x free, bookable sessions between 10am-12pm and 1-3pm.
Bookings are able to be made up to 7 days in advance – these are released daily for the following 7 day period. Group bookings are available for groups of more than 5 people. As bookings are limited, if you are unable to make your session time please cancel to free your booking for someone else.
The community will be welcomed by kuril dhagun team members during each session and we look forward to seeing you. Further programs will be available throughout January when we reopen after the Christmas break.
About kuril dhagun
Located on level 1, kuril dhagun is a dedicated cultural and multi-purpose space designed to inspire community participation and engagement. Since 2006, kuril dhagun has been a nucleus for Queensland’s unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and a significant cultural and learning space for the community. kuril dhagun displays inspiring and thought-provoking showcases on display and presents a variety of events and activities for the community to enjoy.
kuril dhagun is a welcoming space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to connect with our collections and services. It is a place for community members to meet, gather, discuss and celebrate. It is also a space of authentic learning, where visitors can experience the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and stories. The name is made up of the Yuggera language words: ‘kuril’ represents the native marsupial that is found on State Library’s site near Kurilpa Point on the Brisbane River, and ‘dhagun’ means the earth, place or country, therefore translating to ‘kuril’s place’.
kuril dhagun is led by a team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members who can assist with navigating State Library’s collections and services, including family history research and venue hire of the kuril dhagun space.
The main space is a flexible multi-purpose space that can be used for large and small scale events, as well as a gathering space for community groups and the general public to study, read or simply connect with others. The kuril dhagun showcase proudly displays the stories of many of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The media hub is devoted to displaying various Indigenous media sources including NITV streamed live on the big screen.
You can experience a number of artworks from Queensland Aboriginal artists including Megan Cope's MAIWAR Yunggulba, 2017, Laurie Nilsen's Dolly, Birds on a Wire, and Aunty Lilla Watson's Kurilpa Country.
"Beneath the Southern Cross,
and the canopy of the rainforest along the river bank,
the Kurilpa, which still survives here,
dug out its nests, and left its tracks.
They looked out over the river,
the ripples on its surface stirred by the wind and tidal surge,
and the fish swimming in the water.”
– Lilla Watson, 2006
Book a kuril dhagun space
The kuril dhagun spaces are available for commercial booking through our Venue Hire page. All of the spaces offer multiple audio visual solutions as well as several catering options to suit your needs.
State Library is committed to working with and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and not-for-profit organisations to access the space to facilitate programs, events, workshops and to co-curate future showcases.
We may be able to support your next project or meeting in kuril dhagun. Please call us on 07 3840 7666.