Museums & Galleries Qld

Visit to State Library of Queensland exhibitions inspiration for 2012 Peer Talk

Posted on: 8 June 2012

Ann Baillie and Deannah Vieth recently visited two State Library of Queensland exhibitions Floodlines: a living memory and Floodlines: 19th century Brisbane. Both exhibitions concentrate on memories and stories of Queensland’s floods.

Linda Pitt, Executive Manager and Naomi Takeifanga, Exhibitions Manager from the Learning & Participation Team generously hosted a tour for Ann and Deannah and thanks to their enthusiastic co-operation Peer Talk 2012 will present a review of both these exhibitions.

Linda, Deannah and Naomi in Floodlines: a living memory’s reflection space.

Floodlines: a living memory in SLQ Gallery, level 2, looks at contemporary memories of the natural disasters of the summer 2010-11. The exhibition features digital participation by Queenslanders submitting stories of their experiences in the Flood and Cyclone Mosaic. You can simulate the rise and fall of the Brisbane River across the CBD and affected suburbs using augmented reality technology, the Floodlines app which is available on the exhibition’s iPads or downloadable free from the iTunes app store. There is also the children’s corner, a space for reflection and a Flood of Ideas from the community on Flood Proofing Queensland.

Floodlines: 19th century Brisbane in Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4, curated by historian, Helen Gregory, explores the history of the 1893 floods using items from SLQ’s John Oxley Library.

Peer Talk 2012

Where: State Library of Queensland, Auditorium Two
When: Thursday 21 June 2012, 1pm-5pm (including refreshments and self-guided visit)
Cost: $25 full, $20 concession, volunteers, students and RGAQ/MAQ members.
RSVPs essential. Download the registration form at


The expert peer reviewers include:
* Liza Dale-Hallett, Senior Curator, Sustainable Futures, Museum Victoria
* Dr Angelina Russo, Associate Professor, RMIT
* Frank Chalmers, Director, Two Galahs

The spokespeople for the SLQ exhibitions will include:
* Linda Pitt, Executive Manager, Learning & Participation [Project Sponsor]
* Louise Denoon, Executive Manager, Queensland Memory
* Helen Gregory, Floodlines: 19th Century Brisbane Contract Curator
* Linda Phillip, Exhibitions Project Curator, Learning & Participation
* Naomi Takeifanga, Exhibitions Manager, Learning & Participation
* And recorded presentations from the participating artists/programmers

Past Peer Talks 2001-2011 have been held at Museum of Brisbane, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, The Workshops Rail Museum, Queensland Museum (South Bank) and the Mercy Heritage Centre. These events have been remarkable for the cooperation of the institution; the openness and professionalism of the exhibition teams; the professionalism and independence of the exhibition reviewers and the commitment of all participants (speakers and audience) to the development of a culture of exhibition review by peers in galleries, libraries, archives and museums (the GLAM sector).

For information on the exhibitions, please visit


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