“Grounded in truth, walk together with courage” Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June

Resilience - Rachael Sarra 2018

QUT will be celebrating Reconciliation Week with a number of events for students and staff. There are film screenings, badge making and art projects to get involved in at Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point during that week. Find out about the events here.

 

In fact, the festivities kick off on Friday 24 May with a Quiz Night. All proceeds are going to Indigiso, QUT’s Indigenous Student Club, to help send a team to the Indigenous Nationals in Perth, a multi-sport competition. Go with a team or as an individual and meet some new people. Bookings can be made here.

For those of you wanting to know more about reconciliation with our indigenous Australians, QUT Library has a variety of resources available to borrow or use online. This is one of the best ways to be grounded in truth so that you can walk together with courage.

National Reconciliation Week 2017

National Reconciliation Week runs annually marking two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.  This year is highly significant because it is 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

This year QUT Library will be running a number of events  as part of National Reconciliation Week from 27 May – 3 June. Throughout the week, QUT Library Kelvin Grove will host a number of video screenings, music and book displays on Level 2, 3 & 4 of the building.

Also, during this time the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove HiQ digital walls will be showcasing Indigenous talent, culture and history, with features from outstanding QUT Alumni.

Please come and join us in celebrating these highly important events in Australia’s reconciliation journey.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works in the Library

'Buttons 2' an image by Leah King-Smith will be on display on level 3 of the Gardens Point Library until August 31. King-Smith, Leah (collection artist, 1957) Buttons 2 (From the series 'Beyond Capture') 2004 Pigment dye Image 86.5 (H) x 88 (W) Frame 111.4cm (H) x 113cm (W) x 2.9cm (D) 2005.027 Purchased 2005

‘Buttons 2’ an image by Leah King-Smith will be on display on level 3 of the Gardens Point Library until August 31.
King-Smith, Leah (collection artist, 1957)
Buttons 2 (From the series ‘Beyond Capture’) 2004
Pigment dye
Image 86.5 (H) x 88 (W)
Frame 111.4cm (H) x 113cm (W) x 2.9cm (D) 2005.027
Purchased 2005

Call 911 - a colour inkjet print by Gordon Bennett is on display on level 2 of the Kelvin Grove Library.  Bennett, Gordon (collection artist, 1955) Call 911 2006 Colour inkjet print Sheet 82.5 (H) x 61 (W) Mount 35inches (H) x 28inches (W) 2006.014 Purchased 2006

Call 911 – a colour inkjet print by Gordon Bennett is on display on level 2 of the Kelvin Grove Library.
Bennett, Gordon (collection artist, 1955)
Call 911
2006
Colour inkjet print
Sheet 82.5 (H) x 61 (W)
Mount 35inches (H) x 28inches (W) 2006.014
Purchased 2006

This shark headdress is part of the installation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works in the Library.   Thaiday, Ken (collection artist, 1950) Beizam (Shark) head-dress 1994 Enamel paint on plywood, varnished bamboo, plastic swivel and cockatoo, chicken and hawk feathers 62 (H) x 50 (W) x 74 (D) 1995.016 Purchased 1995

This shark headdress is part of the installation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works in the Library.
Thaiday, Ken (collection artist, 1950)
Beizam (Shark) head-dress
1994
Enamel paint on plywood, varnished bamboo, plastic swivel and cockatoo, chicken and hawk feathers
62 (H) x 50 (W) x 74 (D) 1995.016
Purchased 1995

 

The TEDx lounges aren’t all that’s happening at QUT Library this National Reconciliation Week. We’ve partnered with the QUT Art Collection to bring you a series of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works at our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Branch Libraries.

Each piece is accompanied by a small didactic (an explanation about the artist and the artwork) so that you can find out more about the artist and the artwork. These pieces will be on display until August 31, 2015 so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy them.

Some of the featured artists include Gordon Bennett, Alick Tipoti, Tony Albert, Peace Woolla, Maribella Ngallametta, Rotanna Ngallametta, Gloria Fletcher, Ken Thaiday, Susie Napangati, and Leah King-Smith.

The artworks showcase a range of techniques from photography to etching, weaving and sculpting.

 

A head-dress by Ken Thaiday will be on display on level 6 of the Gardens Point Library.  Thaiday is a senior Torres Strait Islander artist from Erub (Darnley) Island, where he grew up watching his father perform complex dances at traditional ceremonies. Sculptural headdresses, instruments and body adornments played an important role in these rituals which served to connect the spiritual and physical worlds. Thaiday’s headdresses are contemporary interpretations of traditional items, designed to keep his cultural history alive.

Get involved and show your support for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by visiting this beautiful collection.

Reconciliation Week in the Library

National Reconciliation Week 2015 Logo "It's Time to Change It Up"

Before you get too caught up with end of semester exams and assessment, take some time this week to join in awareness raising activities as part of National Reconciliation Week at QUT.

National Reconciliation Week commemorates both the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision in 1992. You don’t need to be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent in order to participate, National Reconciliation Week offers all Australians the opportunity to express their commitment to reconciliation and to get involved in reconciliation activities in the community.

'Aboriginal Colors' by Michael Loke (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

‘Aboriginal Colors’ by Michael Loke (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

QUT Library at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove will be hosting a TEDx Lounge Event every day from Wednesday May 27 – Wednesday June 3 showcasing a range of inspiring talks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers.

No RSVP is necessary! All you need to do is bring your ears to listen, your friends to share with and your lunch to eat up to level 3 of Kelvin Grove Library from midday to 1pm. If you’re at Gardens Point, head to the newspaper area of the Library.

More information about the importance of reconciliation and National Reconciliation Week events is available from the National Reconciliation Week website or you can follow #NRW2015 on Twitter.