Artists Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong at the launch of Peace and Quiet show at Qld State Library
Artists Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong at the launch of Peace and Quiet show at Qld State Library

State Library exhibition delves Queenslanders’ views on peace

EXPLORE personal, social and political ideas of peace at Peace and Quiet, State Library of Queensland's latest exhibition.

Peace and Quiet is a community exhibition led by artists Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong, that collects the thoughts and gestures of contemporary Queenslanders at peacetime, against the backdrop of growing global political conflict.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition had been created in collaboration with the community, with the project striking a chord with people from all walks of life.

"There has been a great deal of interest and enthusiasm from the community, with many people contributing ideas and artwork to this exhibition," Ms Enoch said.

"The wonderful part of this approach is that it allows the library to create a genuine exhibition that documents and shares the story of Queenslanders."

Acting state librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper says Peace and Quiet will be a thoroughly engaging exhibition and events program that examines the diverse ideas and desires that underpin different perceptions of peace.

"Community members have shared their vision of a peaceful world by contributing peaceful landscape artworks that will be mounted over the First World War wallpaper in SLQ Gallery, providing a powerful reminder of what is lost in times of war," Mrs Cooper said.

"State Library has also worked with individuals who have first-hand experiences of wartime...

"To capture perspectives of peace from people who have experienced its absence."

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to immerse themselves in the handiwork of Queensland communities, with handmade national flags created in white, and a collection of early and current placards from the peace movement.

Videos will showcase community performances, and visitors will be able to share their own vision of peace by participating in activities and workshops, including making peace decorations in time for Christmas, creating wearable expressions of peace, and crafting Valentine's gifts of peace and love.

Peace and Quiet is at State Library of Queensland until February 4. For full program details see qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au/events/peace-and-quiet.

Peace and Quiet, as part of the State Library's Q Anzac 100: Memories for a New Generation program, is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.


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