In conversation with the J.S. Battye Creative Fellows

How can contemporary art lead to new discoveries about collections and ways of engaging with history?  Nicola Kaye and Stephen Terry will discuss this idea drawing from the experience of creating Tableau Vivant and the Unobserved.

In conversation with the J.S. Battye Creative Fellows
Thursday 27 April, 6pm
State Library Theatre.

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Tableau Vivant and the Unobserved is the culmination of the State Library’s inaugural J.S. Battye Creative Fellowship.  The Creative Fellowship aims to enhance engagement with the Library’s heritage collections and provide new experiences for the public.

Tableau Vivant and the Unobserved
visually questions how history is made, commemorated and forgotten. Through digital art installation, Nicola Kaye and Stephen Terry expose the unobserved and manipulate our perception of the past.  Their work juxtaposes archival and contemporary imagery to create an interactive experience for the visitor where unobserved lives from the archive collide with the contemporary world. The installation is showing at the State Library until 12 May 2017.

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Is your city ‘walkable’?

Public Forum with Jeff Speck

In association with writingWA, Consult Australia and the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, the State Library of Western Australia presents:

The Walkability Mandate: A Public Forum with Jeff Speck

Renowned US author, city planner and architectural designer Jeff Speck will share his vision for smart growth, sustainable design, and walkability in a public forum on 16 October at the State Theatre Centre.

The evening will include the opportunity to get involved in an audience Q&A and to purchase copies of Jeff’s new book, Walkable City – How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time. For more information on Jeff Speck visit

Jeff has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive and he has it down to one key factor – walkability.

If we have learned one thing from the suburban experiment, it is that you can’t grow a green economy on bitumen.” – Jeff Speck

Venue: State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
Tickets: $45 (not inclusive of ticketing fee)
Cost includes complimentary drink and finger food on arrival.
Date: Wednesday 16 October 2013
Doors open: 6.00pm
Light refreshments: 6.00pm – 6.45pm
Public Forum: 6.45pm – 8.00pm

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