James C Sourris AM is a long-time supporter and friend to many in the Queensland cultural community. His enthusiasm for contemporary Australian art and artists is evidenced through his private collection and the James C Sourris AM Collection of Artist Interviews held by State Library of Queensland.
These interviews, embedded below, provide an insight into the motivations, inspirations and tribulations of some of Australia’s most acclaimed visual creatives and enable research, student learning and personal enjoyment. There are three versions of each interview available - short (under 10 minutes), medium (approximately 30 minutes) and long-form (1hr+).
James and his sister Marica Sourris have been benefactors of the Queensland Library Foundation since 1998 and are honoured with naming rights of the Marica Sourris and James C Sourris AM White Gloves Room on level 4 of State Library.
This audiovisual collection speaks to the heart of James’s lifetime of experience in cinematic entertainment and production. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 for service to the arts and to the community through the development of the motion picture industry and through philanthropic contributions, particularly to the Queensland Art Gallery and the State Library of Queensland.
State Library acknowledges James and Marica for making this collection possible.
Laurie Nilsen digital story: The James C Sourris AM Collection 2020-21
Artist Laurie Nilsen (1953-2020) interviewed by Pat Hoffie. Part of the James C Sourris AM Collection of Artist Interviews 2010-2021.
Interviewed in December 2019
Andrew Arnaoutopoulos digital story: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Artist Andrew Arnaoutopoulos interviewed by Michele Helmrich. Part of the James C Sourris AM Collection of Artist Interviews 2019-2020.
Interviewed 19 October 2019
Dr Bonita Ely digital story: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Artist Dr Bonita Ely interviewed by Julie Ewington. Part of the James C Sourris AM Collection of Artist Interviews 2019-2020.
Interviewed 26 June 2019
Vivienne Binns OAM digital story: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Vivienne Binns OAM interviewed by Helen Hughes. Part of the James C Sourris AM Collection of Artist Interviews 2019-2020.
Interviewed 25 June 2019
Joe Furlonger digital story: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Artist Joe Furlonger interviewed by Bruce Heiser. Part of the James C Sourris AM Collection of Artist Interviews 2019-2020.
Interviewed 5 June 2019
Luke Roberts interview: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Luke Roberts talks to Doug Hall about growing up Catholic in Alpha (Qld), being a gay artist and his show AlphaStation/Alphaville at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Queensland.
Interviewed 26 February 2011
Richard Bell interview: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Richard Bell talks to Rex Butler about the development of his artistic practice, about winning the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and the artist group Proppa Now.
Interviewed 19 April 2011
Madonna Staunton interview: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Madonna Staunton talks to Professor Robert Leslie Lingard about her art and life, the influences on her art including her childhood, fragile health, and poetry, the various artists and experiences that she has encountered and that which motivates and inspires her.
Interviewed 4 Apr 2012
Gordon Shepherdson interview: The James C Sourris Collection
Gordon Charles Halloran Shepherdson talks to David Burnett about his art, and the influences on his practice including having worked in an abattoir, the sea, fishing and darkness.
Interviewed 31 Aug 2012
Judith Wright interview: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Judith Wright talks to Julie Ewington about her childhood imaginary world, that which has influenced her art including the loss of her baby girl and the fragility of human life, as well as discussing various aspects of her artist works.
Interviewed 12 Jun 2013
Fiona Foley interview: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Fiona Foley talks to Louise Martin-Chew about her life as an artist and the influences on her practice including her sense of justice, desire to tell the hidden histories, her family memories and her love for Aboriginal culture.
Interviewed 19 Jun 2013
Leonard Brown interview: The James C. Sourris AM Collection
Leonard Brown talks to Angela Goddard about his art, his first solo exhibition at age 19, and his involvement with the Anglican Franciscan Friars and Russian Orthodox Church.
Interviewed 1 December 2015
Helga Groves interview: The James C. Sourris AM Collection
Helga Groves talks to Jane O'Neill about her life, art and influences on her practice such as landscape and geology which she is interested in at both a macro and micro level.
Interviewed 13 December 2016
Lawrence Daws interview: The James C. Sourris AM Collection
Lawrence Daws talks to Bettina MacAulay about his life, his paintings and computer generated prints, and how his interest in philosophy, literature and psychology has influenced his work.
Interviewed 26 February 2016
Dr Philip Bacon interview: The James C. Sourris AM Collection
Dr Philip Bacon AM talks to Louise Martin-Chew about his career as an art gallery director covering the establishment of his gallery in July 1974 in Fortitude Valley Brisbane, artists represented and exhibitions.
Interviewed 26 February 2018
The James C Sourris AM Collection
The James C Sourris AM Collection consists of interviews with significant Australian artists and figures in the art world. It is a growing collection that provides insight and context to the practice of some of our most respected artists.
Each artist is profiled via three distinct recordings: a full-length interview between the interviewer and the artists, a 30 minute version, optimised for education purposes and a shorter version, generally 5 to 9 minutes in length that gives a quick taste of that person’s artistic practice.
All of the recordings are transcribed and available for viewing online – via State Library’s catalogue, OneSearch, YouTube or Vimeo. They can be used for research today but also by future generations to reveal insights about the artists and their practice, and to explore the artists' work in the context of their life story.
These engaging stories present a unique opportunity to learn a little more about a number of important artists.
The James C Sourris AM Collection - AM Interview Series is part of the Australian Library of Art at State Library of Queensland.
The James C Sourris AM collection offers a unique insight into the life and work of contemporary Australian artists. Supplemental education resources encourage students to delve into the lives and works of contemporary Australian artists such as Vernon Ah Kee, Judith Wright and Fiona Foley. The James C Sourris AM collection education resources support the delivery of the Queensland Senior Visual Art syllabus and ACARA Visual Art outcomes.
Grade Levels: Primary years, Middle years, Senior years
Subject Areas: Visual Art