Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages

Exhibition and Shows

21 Nov 2019 to 19 Apr 2020

Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages is a free thought-provoking exhibition about the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Over 125 Queensland languages were once spoken, now around 50 of these remain spoken daily. Join the journey of six Queensland communities saving their traditional languages.

Spoken presents an alternative retelling of the prevailing colonial narrative – placing rare historical records alongside the inspiring work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who tell their own language stories through art, song and creativity.

View Australia’s most significant historical document in a new light. James Cook’s Endeavour Journal holds the first 130 Aboriginal words ever recorded by Europeans in the Guugu Yimidhirr language but hear the Guugu Yimidhirr perspective of those interactions with the foreign explorers.

Rediscover Queensland languages lost and reawakened by the strength of culture, identity and connection to Country.

Featuring the exciting work of communities reviving and thriving in language: Wik (Aurukun), Guugu Yimidhirr (Hope Vale), Yuwibara (Mackay), Yugambeh (South East Qld), Kala Lagaw Ya & Miriam Mir (Torres Strait Islands) and Kuungkari, Bidjara, Iningai, Wangkangurru and Yarluyandi (Central West Qld region).

Cook’s Endeavour Journal on loan from National Library of Australia until 10 March 2020.


Aboriginal Culture Art & Culture Bar Cafe Carpark Caters for vision impairment Conference/Convention Facilities Family Family Friendly Free Wifi History & Heritage International Local Museums Galleries Australia National Non Smoking Parents Room Public Toilet Region Shop State Wheelchair access


Free Entry

Event Times

21 Nov 2019 to 19 Apr 2020

Daily Event


State Library of Queensland

Stanley Place, South Brisbane, 4101

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Exterior at ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel

ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel


1 bedroom executive apartment

Mantra on Mary



Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square


Studio Room

Mantra on the Quay


King bed or Double Double bed

Brisbane Marriott Hotel


Superior Queen Room

The Park Hotel Brisbane

Spring Hill, Brisbane

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