Indigenous Volunteers wanted!

An exciting volunteer project is starting at The State Library on Saturday 14 December 2013.

A number of volunteers from diverse cultural backgrounds have already signed up to be involved but we would love to have a strong representation from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as well. Volunteers would be undertaking shifts in the SLQ Gallery and ensuring our visitors get the most out of their visit to the Our Dreaming exhibition. Having a number of representatives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on board would be a wonderful way to add a depth of connection and understanding of the exhibition content. The time commitment is 3 and a half hours per week and SLQ is a beautiful, welcoming place to volunteer. Our Indigenous culture department, kuril dhagun, is an integral part of the exhibition and would be providing support to all Indigenous volunteers who choose to take part.

Project Description

A team of approximately 50 SLQ volunteers is required to assist in the delivery of this major exhibition. Weekly 3.5hr shifts are available in the main gallery on Level 2. Some assistance will also be required in the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery on Level 4, especially during school holidays. Volunteers with animation skills are encouraged to apply to assist on Level 4 with animation activities during the school holidays.

About the exhibition:

 Our Dreaming: animating country  14 Dec 2013 – 8 Jun 2014

Discover Queensland’s vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories as they are retold through animation. Our Dreaming showcases these unique cultures and explores how new mediums have contemporised traditional storytelling, preserving a rich legacy for future generations. Our stories create enduring connections from past to present, people to place and to each other, giving us a sense of belonging. Experience how these stories are being shared and bring your own stories to life.

SLQ Gallery: Our Dreaming: animating country explores the significance of storytelling through a unique series of animations of dreamtime stories by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.   The exhibition will showcase the Queensland stories from the animated films collectively known as The Dreaming series, which was originally screened on the ABC.

Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery: This exhibition space will be transformed into an Animation Studio exhibiting the process of animation through original artworks from The Dreaming series and digital footage showing the original animation team at work.  Visitors will be able to engage with the process of storytelling through creative activities including creating their own stop motion animation.


kuril dhagun:  The telling, retelling, and transformation of stories through new mediums connects younger generations with their culture, and honours the knowledge passed down from Elders. See how the next generation of Indigenous storytellers have embraced new technologies, reigniting a passion to ensure their culture continues to evolve and strengthen the importance of our Dreaming. Be inspired by animations from Queensland and beyond, catch a glimpse behind the scenes of the Tellin’ Country digital workshops, and discover Indigenous language and storytelling apps at interactive stations.  There will also be an opportunity to do shifts in kuril dhagun during the exhibition.


To express an interest in being involved please contact:

Dave Crane | Volunteer Program Coordinator | Visitor Services (Mon, Tue & Thu)
State Library of Queensland | PO Box 3488 | South Brisbane 4101
t 3842 9066 | m 0423 842 234| e |