State Library of Queensland celebrates the right to play, as defined in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, with an exhibition of children’s art from 19 Oct – 19 December in The Parlour on Level 1.
The selected artworks are from the John Oxley Library collection 7116 Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children’s Art Archive 1986-2002. Dr. Piscitelli is the founder-collector of the Children’s Art Archive and donated the collection to State Library of Queensland in 2004. The collection consists of approximately 4,000 works by children aged 12 months to 12 years from Queensland, Vietnam and China. The majority of drawings and paintings are from Queensland children and depict their social worlds, their human rights and their futures. The Queensland collection is multi-cultural in scope and includes examples of the art of children from diverse communities in urban, rural and remote regions of the State.
Dr Piscitelli is a researcher in the area of arts education. She has received research grants to investigate how children learn in museums and how arts education affects middle school students in disadvantaged communities. Dr Piscitelli taught at the Queensland University of Technology (1984-2004), was Chair of the Queensland Cultural Policy Advisory Committee (2004-2006) and served as a member of the Board of the Queensland Museum (2005-2013) and the Council of the National Museum of Australia (2008-2014).
In collaboration with the State Library of Queensland, Dr Piscitelli is growing the archive to include contemporary views of Queensland children through small scale projects with schools and communities.
C. Cottle, Digital Collections Curator, Queensland Memory