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Dream Time springs eternal at the State Library in an enchanting exhibition for all ages.
Get lost in time at an immersive and interactive exhibition for the whole family. Opening at the State Library on the 14th December 2013 until the 9th June 2014 the next generation of indigenous storytellers bring the Dream Time to life in Our Dreaming: Animating Country exhibition.
New mediums for art and expression have helped the next generation of storytellers bring this wonderful means of narration to the contemporary era, contributing to the rich tapestry for future generations
Wadu Matyidi - A Long Time Gone - image courtesy SLQ
Through 3 levels of the State Library one can wander through the vibrant and timeless stories of Our Dreaming, the Library's new exhibition celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories as they are retold through animation.
David Leffler. Buda: Dji, 1995. Image courtesy SLQ
Begin your journey here in the infozone, where you can find information about the exhibition and where it is throughout the Library.
The SLQ Collection in kuril dhagun has animations from Queensland and beyond. Here you can watch and listen to the story of how Biw, the mangrove pod, and Githalay, the crab set off a series of events that make the sea water salty.
There is the story of Wawa, a creature with super natural powers. Or, the story of Atmer and Gelam, and many more. The telling, retelling and evolution of stories through the generations allows younger people to connect with their culture and importantly, to honour the knowledge passed on from their Elders.
Junk Punks by the Love Punks part of the Yijala Yala Project - image courtesy SLQ
Part of Big hART's Yijala Yala Project is the Love Punks from the Pilbara in WA. The aim of this project was to develop the digital media skills of young people from this region.
Other works on display in this room include projects from a collaboration between the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Cape York Peninsula and Lower Gulf of Carpentaria Aboriginal and rural communities. They made a number of digital animation series to help them respond to social and emotional well-being issues.
Hunting for Turtle by Jahn, Kaleb, & Lester from Wujal Wujal for a RFDS project. Image courtesy SLQ
In the State Library Gallery kids especially, can explore the landscape of vibrant animation in the Kurilpa children's trail. This highlights the contribution and significance The Dreaming series makes to the storytelling culture.
Behind the scenes peak at the painting of the Kurilpa Children's trail
Bring the kids and in fact, the entire family to this exhibition. Be captivated by the timelessness of storytelling and through experiences like these witness the creation of enduring connections to the past, present and future. Connecting people to place and to each other is what gives us all a sense of belonging.
"The Dreaming is eternal, alive and ever-evolving. This is Our Dreaming."