What's on

Explore the latest online events, exhibitions, workshops and talks

Play Time in The Corner

Every day
11am–12:30pm
Join us for free First 5 Forever Play Time in The Corner everyday. Families will be supported with open-ended play opportunities and curated resource packs to encourage fun and creativity.

Story Time in The Parlour

Every Mon & Sun
10–10:45am
Join the fun of our First 5 Forever Story Time sessions for children aged 0-5. A small selection of stories are shared either by reading or oral storytelling and children and families are encouraged to participate. 

Rhyme Time in The Parlour

Every Tue, Thu & Sat
10–10:45am
From babes in arms to children ready to dance, this First 5 Forever session is a special time for you and your little one where you can share rhymes, songs, stories and reading in a creative and relaxed environment. 

Baby Play in The Parlour

Every Wed & Fri
10–10:45am
Come along to a free First 5 Forever Baby Play session, designed for babies 0-12 months (not yet walking) and their parent/carer. 

The Conversation: Children can change the world

Tomorrow
6:30–7:30pm
Join Sandra Phillips (University of Queensland), Kate Douglas (Flinders University) and Gai Lindsay (University of Wollongong) as they discuss how art and storytelling make for culturally-engaged and empowered children, and how connecting with young people’s stories and perspectives can promote change.

Hack the Evening

Every Thu
6–8pm
Hack the Evening is a meetup for those that want to get in and apply their skills to new and crazy projects which require a little bit of technical skill and pizazz.

Curiocity Brisbane 2021

Fri 12 – Sun 28 Mar
8am–10pm
Let your imagination roam free! Curiocity Brisbane is a 17-day celebration of science, art and tech, where new possibilities play and big ideas collide.

Fabrication Lab general induction (March)

Sat 13 Mar (ongoing)
10:30am–12pm
Fabrication Lab general inductions provide you with all the skills and knowledge to safely and efficiently use the tools.

Cut Copy Curator's Tour

Sat 13 Mar (ongoing)
2–3pm
Join the curators of Cut Copy: Brisbane Music Posters 1977-1987 for an onsite tour of the exhibition. See the curators reveal the DIY design ethos of the era and discover the stories behind the posters and handbills, and the bands and venues that inspired them.

A Deep Listening experience

Sun 14 Mar (ongoing)
10am–12pm
Join us for a Deep Listening experience to the earthy and soothing sounds of the yidaki (didgeridoo). Deep Listening is an important practice within First Nations cultures and quiet reflection is the perfect way for community to come together. A Deep Listening experience encourages inner reflection and deep listening through a guided contemplation track created in collaboration with First Nations musicians Craig Weribone-Wright, Sunjay and Sasha Ghee. At the end of the contemplation track participants are invited to leave their reflections by contributing to a community canvas in the kuril dhagun space.  Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Waste Terrazzo with Five Mile Radius

Sun 14 – Sun 21 Mar
1–4pm
Using the workshop facilities at State Library's The Edge, Five Mile Radius will lead a two-part hands-on course where you will design and make a small Waste Terrazzo artefact of your own to take home.

The History of Anzac Day - professional development for teachers

Tue 16 Mar
4–5pm
Join State Library of Queensland's Anzac Square staff to discover the contentious history of Anzac Day.

Cut Copy Conversations: Dr John Willsteed with Andy Nehl

Tue 16 Mar
7–8pm
On 16 March, hear from John as he interviews Andy Nehl on his memories and his work featured in the exhibition.

Facility Induction: 3D printers

Wed 17 Mar
6–8pm
 In this induction you will learn the basics of 3D printing and creating your own model, including how to load it into the printer and cleaning up the product.
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Australian Nurses' Stories

Sun 21 Mar
10:30–11:30am
Join us at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries to learn about the role of nurses in the armed forces during WWI and WWII and hear some of their stories of bravery and sacrifice.

Indigenous languages panel

Sun 21 Mar (ongoing)
5–6pm
Join us for an online panel discussion series celebrating the survival and revival of Queensland’s first languages led by State Library's Indigenous Languages Coordinator, Des Crump.

World Science Festival Brisbane 2021

Wed 24 – Sun 28 Mar
9am–5pm
Don't miss out as World Science Festival Brisbane 2021 takes centre stage this March! As a proud Program Partner, State Library will play host to a range of curious encounters with Science, the Arts and Technology.

Facility Induction: Electronics bench

Wed 24 Mar
6–8pm
In this induction you will learn about some common components and how to safely use the equipment as you assemble a simple project kit.

Deadly Threads

Sat 27 Mar – Sun 15 Aug
10am–5pm
Deadly Threads is a new showcase examining Indigenous shirts – born from protests in the 1970s and evolving as permanent mainstays in wardrobes across Australia. In Deadly Threads, see over 170 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed singlets, t-shirts, polo shirts, and jerseys. 

Piano Day

Mon 29 Mar
11:30am–12:30pm
Join us for a free public performance by State Library’s volunteer pianists, as we celebrate world Piano Day, a celebration of the piano held every 88th day of the year (because of the number of keys on the instrument). Listen to State Library’s volunteer pianists play from a selection of our sheet and digitised scores, and take the opportunity to peruse our music collection onsite and online.  

Facility Induction: Recording studio

Wed 31 Mar
6–8pm
State Library's Recording Studio at The Edge provides access to professional equipment and specialist software for recording, mixing, editing and mastering. In this induction we show you how to use the gear, what mics and equipment we have available and go over the booking policies.

Fabrication Lab general induction (April)

Thu 1 Apr (ongoing)
5:30–7pm
Never used the tools in the Fabrication Lab before? That's okay. State Library runs a weekly Fabrication Lab general induction. These inductions provide you with all the skills and knowledge to safely and efficiently use the tools. Apart from signing up for an account, it’s the only thing you need to do before you can start using hand tools, cordless drills, hot glue guns, our paint booth, vinyl cutter, the laptops & software in Fabrication Lab at The Edge. These inductions consist of: an explanation of our terms of use a rundown of the safe use of the tools a hands-on, practical exercise on the tools, making something cool to take home. With one of these inductions under your belt you’ll hopefully have the confidence to come back and try the equipment on one of your own projects or one of the many starter projects we can refer you to. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Facility Induction: Laser Cutter (Tuesday 6 April)

Tue 6 Apr
6–8pm
Keen to make your own jewellery, create a key chain or make a box or housing unit for all your knick-knacks? Join us for our popular Laser Cutter Induction and learn about the endless possibilities with the machine. Our lasers can cut and etch wood, plastics, paper, cloth and leather quickly and accurately. In this induction you will learn what software you can use, how to prepare design files and how to operate the machine safely. Use your creativity to personalise the design template provided, and take home your first project. Once you've completed the induction you can book and use the State Library of Queensland's laser cutters in the Fabrication Lab. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Learning languages with State Library resources

Tue 6 Apr (ongoing)
12:30–1:30pm
Join us for monthly webinar sessions which will provide an overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language resources from State Library collections, including our online interactive languages map.

Facility Induction: Laser Cutter (Tuesday 7 April)

Wed 7 Apr
6–8pm
Keen to make your own jewellery, create a keychain or make a box or housing unit for all your knick-knacks? Join us for our popular Laser Cutter Induction and learn about the endless opportunities with the machine. Our lasers can cut and etch wood, plastics, paper, cloth and leather quickly and accurately. In this induction you will learn what software you can use, how to prepare design files and how to operate the machine safely. Use your creativity to personalise the design template provided, and take home your first project. Once you've completed the induction you can book and use the State Library of Queensland's laser cutters in the Fabrication Lab. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Facility Induction: CNC Router (Tuesday 13 April)

Tue 13 Apr
6–8pm
Our CNC router is an industrial scale machine that can cut and shape a sheet of plywood into flat-pack furniture, storage units or a cubby house from designs created using 2D drawing software. In this induction you will learn some practical tips for good designs, how to choose and use the right tools and operate the machine safely using specialised software. Use the template provided to make your own handy stool to take home. Once you've completed the induction you can book and use the State Library of Queensland's CNC router in the Fabrication Lab. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Facility Induction: CNC Router (Wednesday 14 April)

Wed 14 Apr
6–8pm
Our CNC router is an industrial scale machine that can cut and shape a sheet of plywood into flat-pack furniture, storage units or a cubby house from designs created using 2D drawing software. In this induction you will learn some practical tips for good designs, how to choose and use the right tools and operate the machine safely using specialised software. Use the template provided to make your own handy stool to take home. Once you've completed the induction you can book and use the State Library of Queensland's CNC router in the Fabrication Lab. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Art Innovation Residency for young people & educators with Flying Arts

Wed 14 – Fri 16 Apr
9am–5pm
This day program is for young people aged 14-18 years, and the arts educators that work with them. Young aspiring artists can experiment with the latest technologies at The Edge using contemporary approaches to art making and digital media such as laser cutting, 3D printing, CNC router, vacuum forming and digital mapping. Get hands on experience with the latest technologies and work with experts to develop your art. Educators will engage in a professional development program introducing them to contemporary approaches to art making and digital media and experiment with the latest technologies at The Edge. The experiments generated over these three days will also contribute to a public installation at State Library Queensland.  Registrations close Monday 29 March. Cost is inclusive of lunch, workshops and materials. Please note: Innovation will not be offered as a residential program in 2021. Day program ONLY. All students must travel with a parent/guardian or teacher to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.   

Facility Induction: 3D Printer (Tuesday 20 April)

Tue 20 Apr
6–8pm
With our Prusa i3 MK3s 3D printers you can turn a virtual 3D model into a solid plastic object. In this induction you will learn the basics of 3D printing and creating your own model, including how to load it into the printer and cleaning up the product. We'll take you through Tinkercad, an online free and easy-to-use app for 3D design. Use your creativity to create your own design and take home your first project! Once you've completed the induction you can book and use the State Library of Queensland's 3D printers in the Fabrication Lab. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Facility Induction: 3D Printer (Wednesday 21 April)

Wed 21 Apr
6–8pm
With our Prusa i3 MK3s 3D printers you can turn a virtual 3D model into a solid plastic object. In this induction you will learn the basics of 3D printing and creating your own model, including how to load it into the printer and cleaning up the product. We'll take you through Tinkercad, an online free and easy-to-use app for 3D design. Use your creativity to create your own design and take home your first project! Once you've completed the induction you can book and use the State Library of Queensland's 3D printers in the Fabrication Lab. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

The history of Anzac Day - free talk and tour

Sun 25 Apr (ongoing)
12–1pm
Join us at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries to learn about the origins of Anzac Day, and the history of Anzac Day commemorations. This talk draws from State Library’s digital collection of military stories, diaries, letters, photographs and artefacts and includes a tour of Anzac Square Memorial Galleries. Anzac Square Memorial Galleries is located at 285 Ann Street, Brisbane. Entry is through the double brass doors located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance.

Facility Induction: Recording studio (Tuesday 27 April)

Tue 27 Apr
6–8pm
State Library's Recording Studio at The Edge provides access to professional equipment and specialist software for recording, mixing, editing and mastering. You can use the Recording Studio for free, however you first must complete a Recording Studio induction. In this induction we show you how to use the gear, what mics and equipment we have available and go over the booking policies. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Facility Induction: Electronics Bench (Tuesday 27 April)

Tue 27 Apr
6–8pm
Our electronics workbench has soldering and test equipment that you can use to build, troubleshoot and repair your electronics projects. In this induction you will learn about some common components and how to safely use the equipment as you assemble a simple project kit. Once you've completed the induction you can book and use the State Library of Queensland's electronics benches in the Fabrication Lab. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Facility Induction: Recording studio (Wednesday 28 April)

Wed 28 Apr
6–8pm
State Library's Recording Studio at The Edge provides access to professional equipment and specialist software for recording, mixing, editing and mastering. You can use the Recording Studio for free, however you first must complete a Recording Studio induction. In this induction we show you how to use the gear, what mics and equipment we have available and go over the booking policies. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Facility Induction: Sewing Machines (Wednesday 28 April)

Wed 28 Apr
6–8pm
Mend or make with our sewing machines to revive an old favourite, follow a pattern or test your design innovations. In this induction, you learn how to set up a machine, cut and pin, sew straight and make a handy tote bag you can take home. Once you've completed the induction you can book and use the State Library of Queensland's sewing machines in the Fabrication Lab. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Cut Copy: Brisbane music posters 1977-87

Now till Sun 9 May
10am–5pm
What was your first Brisbane gig? Remember the music, the locations, the attitude and the style through State Library's extensive music poster and handbill collections.

Our Women's Memorials

Sun 9 May
10:30–11:30am
Join us at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries this Mother’s Day as we explore personal stories and memorials that highlight the ways in which Queensland women have chosen to commemorate the wartime service and sacrifice of their loved ones over the last 90 years. Discover the people, places and stories that underpin the Queensland war experience in this series of free public talks hosted by the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries. This talk series draws from State Library’s digital collection of military stories, diaries, letters, photographs and artefacts and includes a tour of Anzac Square Memorial Galleries. Anzac Square Memorial Galleries is located at 285 Ann Street, Brisbane. Entry is through the double brass doors located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance. 

House Histories Webinar Series: Maps - Your land in context

Mon 10 May
11am–12pm
Find out how maps can help with your house history research. Land has its own story. What led to your home being constructed on this block of land? Was it chosen from an estate plan for the promise of a better life? Locate the exact block of land in context of the history of the estates, subdivisions and surrounding areas. This online event is free to attend and will run via Zoom. Details on how to join the event will be provided on registration. Other webinars in this series: Architecture (Monday 17 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now Inhabitants (Monday 24 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now Community (Monday 31 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now

House Histories Webinar Series: Architectural styles of Queensland homes

Mon 17 May
11am–12pm
Identifying the style of your house can lead to a discovery of the date it was built, and even the architect, designer or builder. Find the clues to your house's life journey in the roof pitch, the window hood, the lattice work or paint colours. By searching the architectural features of homes of different eras you will be able to apply the knowledge of the styles and approximately date your house. This online event is free to attend and will run via Zoom. Details on how to join the event will be provided on registration. Other webinars in this series: Maps (Monday 10 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now Inhabitants (Monday 24 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now Community (Monday 31 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now

House Histories Webinar Series: Inhabitants of your house

Mon 24 May
11am–12pm
A house is not a home without people and their stories. Enrich the history of your home by discovering who lived there. Share their joys, triumphs and difficulties. Sources such as post-office directories, electoral rolls and newspapers will provide a richer understanding of the previous inhabitants of your home. This online event is free to attend and will run via Zoom. Details on how to join the event will be provided on registration. Other webinars in this series: Maps (Monday 10 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now Architecture (Monday 17 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now Community (Monday 31 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now

House Histories Webinar Series: Your house and its community

Mon 31 May
11am–12pm
Understanding the context of the community in which the house has lived is an important step in documenting the history of your house and discovering its journey. Broader social information on the development of that suburb or the contribution of that family in that locality may place your house in context. Was the house home to a local doctor? Was it place where the community could vote or collect their mail? Books, photographs and archival records of State Library of Queensland will enrich your house history research. This online event is free to attend and will run via Zoom. Details on how to join the event will be provided on registration. Other webinars in this series: Maps (Monday 10 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now Architecture (Monday 17 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now Inhabitants (Monday 24 May, 11am-12pm) | Book now

Big Voices: children's art matters

Now till Sun 11 Jul
10am–5pm
Showcasing beautiful and thought-provoking artwork by children from Queensland, Vietnam and China, Big Voices takes you on a  journey into these young artist's worlds, to see how they view themselves, their lives, their rights and their future.

New Acquisitions

Artists' books are artworks that use the form or characteristics of a book. With both traditional and contemporary approaches, artists’ books happily unbridle themselves from the constraints of traditional publishing.