Missing Lives lunchtime talk: 27 May 12.30

In conjunction with the current Missing Lives exhibition, Claire Lawson from the Australian Red Cross will present a lunchtime talk.

Under what circumstances do people go missing?
What is the impact left on those waiting for answers?

The Red Cross International Tracing/Restoring Family Links is a unique free service that helps families by war, migration or disaster re-establish contact. Red Cross and Red Crescent societies work alongside the International Committee Red Cross in 189 countries around the globe to trace lost loved ones, exchange family news and clarify the fate of the missing.

 Wednesday 27 May 12.30pm  (30 mins)
Where: The Nook , State Library of Western Australia
(The Nook is located on the ground floor at the Cultural Centre entrance to the library)

Missing Lives documents the plight of fifteen, of the thousands of families still waiting to learn the fate of their loved ones, classified as missing. Almost 20 years after the wars in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, and 13 years after the end of conflict in Kosovo, thousands remain unaccounted for.

Based on a book of the same name, this exhibition highlights the tragic consequences of what happens when the rules of war are not followed, but also illustrates the strength and resilience of survivors still searching for their missing friends and relatives.

For more information visit the State Library website 

Five minutes with Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Kyle Hughes –Odgers is a Western Australian artist and author known for his innovative illustrative style and public art.  Dazzling original illustrations from his new book On a Small Island are on display now at the State Library of Western Australia.

We spent some time hearing from Kyle about the inspiration and ideas behind his work. Here’s what he had to say…

Kyle Hughes-Odgers: Photo by Chad Peacock

Kyle Hughes-Odgers in his studio: Photo by Chad Peacock

1. Describe your book making process. Which comes first for you, the narrative, illustration, or the idea?

I had the initial idea for On a Small Island and I could visualise the flow of the artwork and some ideas I wanted to explore. I sketched all the artwork as a story board, then wrote the narrative to work with the images. After this the painting process started. For my next book the narrative has been very clear from the start so I have focused on developing this before starting any artwork. So I don’t seem to have a consistent process when approaching books.

2. You are known for your picture book illustrations and public art. How do you switch between extremes of scale and medium?

I love working across many different scales. I like the challenge of painting buildings and getting to spend time outside but I also love when I have time to be in the studio and work on paintings, drawings and children’s books. The variety keeps me slightly sane and it’s great to change my head space!

3. Your illustrations for On a Small Island include a lot of repetition, geometric shapes, and a variety of textures. How did this style evolve?

Very naturally – I think because I am constantly driven to make new work, the time spent exploring ideas and techniques has helped develop and progress my work to what it is today. I’m sure in another 5 -10 years it will have evolved again.


On a Small Island exhibition. Photo: State Library of Western Australia

4. You grew up in and currently reside in Perth. Is there anything unique or iconic about the Western Australian environment that influences your work? 

There are many unique and iconic aspects to the Western Australian environment, but I’m not sure it has had a direct influence on my artwork. I’m inspired by many different parts of life

5. Would you describe On a Small Island as more universal or more autobiographical?

I wrote it with a universal reach in mind, but I do connect with it personally. I think the idea of being positive and productive to change your situation is something that most people can connect with.

6. In 2012 you collaborated with author Meg McKinlay to produce the book Ten Tiny Things. What was it like to be both author and illustrator with On a Small Island? How was it different or similar to working on Ten Tiny Things?

The artwork process was fairly similar in terms of planning and creating, the writing process was challenging compared to making artwork for Ten Tiny Things. I’m a very visual person and have never thought of myself as a writer so it was something I was really excited about but also cautious because it is very new ground for me.

7. Where do you find your creativity? Which artists and authors inspire you?

I’m really inspired by nature, creativity, human behavior and life! I draw/paint every single day and I really love it. My favourite illustrator of all time (at the moment) is Charley Harper.

A number of original illustrations from On a Small Island have been included in the State Library of Western Australia’s Children’s Literature Collection. The exhibition is on display in The Place on the Mezzanine floor, State Library of Western Australia and is open until 28 February. For more information visit our website.

On a Small Island exhibition. Photo: State Library of Western Australia

MEMORI: Live Action Escape Room

Friday 21 November – Sunday 23 November
State Library of Western Australia, Kimberley room

Are you interested in the mysteries of the human brain?
Perhaps you are experiencing deja vu right now?
Have you ever considered being a test lab subject?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you’re the person (or animal, or robot) that we are looking for. BAISMENT Labs, a top secret research centre located underneath the State Library of Western Australia, have begun an exciting project that will break new ground (and minds) – scientifically and historically. We have developed a new device which enables direct connection between our computers and the minds of anyone (living or dead), allowing us to view and record anything and everything. What could go wrong?

Whilst the full details of the project are considered highly confidential, we are looking for new members to join our team of memory explorers — or MEMORInauts — who will be tasked with the memory exploration and recording.

MEMORI: Live Action Escape Room

MEMORI is a live action escape room experience at the State Library.  Come as an individual or a team, and test your wits against an array of puzzles.

Created by FTI’s Excalibur Productions and Games We Play, MEMORI incorporates historical Western Australian documents from the State Library into a fun, sci-fi themed challenge.

MEMORI is presented as part of the State Library of Western Australia’s 125th anniversary celebrations and is supported by the State Library Foundation and Lotterywest.  Book now to secure your place.

Be Inspired @ The State Library
Public Talk Series –  MEMORI
Tuesday 25 November 6pm

State Library Theatre

In addition to the escape room experience, a free public talk will provide a behind the scenes insight into the production of the escape room experience. Not to be missed! Register now to secure your seat.

Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) talk at City of Vincent

Sketch by surgeon, Alexander Rattray, during a voyage on HMS Salamander to Australia in 1867 [AJCP reel M 711. Original now held at The National Archives, Kew at Adm 101/138]

Have you always wanted to know more about the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) collection?

This wonderful collection includes:

  • surgeon’s journals from convict and migrant ships
  • applications for free passage, permission to marry, land grants etc.
  • government and military appointments
  • prison records
  • musters
  • and much, much more!

The AJCP microfilm collection, available at the State Library, is packed full of interesting information useful for family history and historical research. The original material is held in libraries and archives in the UK so is not easily accessible.

The Family History Subject Specialists from the State Library will be giving a talk on this fantastic resource at Vincent Library and Local History Centre at 2.00pm on Thursday 25 October.

Please phone the City of Vincent Library on (08) 9273 6090 for bookings or more details.

Free Friday Lunchtime Concerts

As part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) presents a series of lunchtime concerts in that State Library Theatre. These free performances offer something for all music fans, from Latin and funk to big band jazz and classical piano recitals.

Fri 29 July, 1pm
Music Director Jeremy Greig

Fri 5 August, 1pm
Music Director James Sandon

Fri 12 August, 1pm
Music Director Chris Tarr

Friday 19 August, 1pm
Music Directors Jonathan Paget and Tim White

Friday 26 August, 1pm
Music Director David Wickham

Friday 2 September, 1pm
Music Director Matt Styles

State Library & WAAPA Free Lunchtime Concerts

State Library & WAAPA Free Lunchtime Concerts

Fridays @ 12.30pm
31 July- 4 September 2009
State Library Theatre

Be entertained on Friday lunchtimes during the City of Perth Winter Arts Season as WAAPA’s talented staff and students perform a series of free concerts and performances. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear Perth’s upcoming stars of the music world.
Bookings not required.

31 July
Piano Pieces: exquisite piano music from across the ages.
Directed by David Wickham
7 August
Vocal Showcase: classical vocal students sing Lieder to Broadway.
Directed by Patricia Price
14 August
Chamber strings: intimate classical music for chamber strings.
Directed by Peter Tanfield.
21 August
WAAPA Big Band: an electrifying explosion of sound.
Directed by Adrian Kelly
28 August
Big Funk Band: classic 60’s through to cutting edge funk.
Directed by Ric Eastman
4 September
Latin Ensemble: the hot sounds of samba, rumba and bossa nova.
Directed by Chris Tarr

See What’s On at the State Library

Thinking of starting your family history?

Web graphic bgd 300 x 300pxIf you have been considering making a start on your family history, why not come along to some of the presentations on offer during Family History Week?

Discovering Family History is particularly suited to beginners, as are the talks on choosing genealogy software and fantastic websites. We will be showcasing some of our treasures from the stacks in Sharing Our Secrets and giving tours of the Genealogy Centre and the Battye Library.

For a full program go to National Family History Week  2009.

National Family History Week 2 – 10 August

  • How did the makers of the Australian TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” select their subjects and go about researching their histories?
  • What’s the best way to store precious family archives?
  • What are some of the best websites to use for family history?

Discover the answers to these questions – plus many more – with a stimulating programme of FREE events for National Family History Week at the State Library.

 There will be regular tours of the Genealogy Centre and the Battye Library as well as presentations on a wide range of family and social history topics by professional historians and library and archives staff. For full details of this exciting programme, go to www.slwa.wa.gov.au/famhistwk.html