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'Our Dreaming' Exhibition at State Library of Queensland

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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.

State Library Qld Our Dreaming Exhibition
Our Dreaming: Animating Country

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

State Library Qld Our Dreaming Exhibition
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.

State Library Qld Our Dreaming Exhibition
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.

State Library Qld Our Dreaming Exhibition
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.

State Library Qld Our Dreaming Exhibition
Hunting for Turtle by Jahn, Kaleb, & Lester from Wujal Wujal for a RFDS project. Image courtesy SLQ

Jump into the Animation Studio in the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery of the Library see how stories have been brought to life through artworks and animations from The Dreaming series.

State Library Qld Our Dreaming Exhibition
Ken Wright. Goonda Dani - Booloo 2000 image courtesy SLQ

In the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery you can also try some animation activities and be tempted to create your own story to share.

State Library Qld Our Dreaming Exhibition
Still from The Southern Cross, The Dreaming Series in the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery. 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.

State Library Qld Our Dreaming Exhibition
Behind the scenes peak at the painting of the Kurilpa Children's trail

State Library Qld Our Dreaming Exhibition
Mangroves - mid installation - in the State Library Gallery. Image courtesy SLQ

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."

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Why? Connecting people to place through animation and storytelling
When: February 4th - June 9th 2014
Where: State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank 4101
Cost: Free
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