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Whether you’re interested in the physical spaces of libraries, the knowledge that they store or the systems that libraries use for organising information, this project will let you spend four days in the magnificent State Library of NSW. You will have the opportunity to draw in the historic Mitchell Library as well as the intriguing modern sections of architecture that make up the complex. Library staff will introduce you to the vast wealth of geographic maps, architectural plans, historic prints, photographs and drawings as well as archives of the personal papers of significant Australian artists.

You will be able to book tickets from 9:30am on Friday 5 February.
Lecturers: Chelsea Lehmann and Kim Spooner
Location: State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney


John Bokor, drawing from the State Library Residency 2015


If libraries are your ‘place’ here’s your opportunity to get to know this important building and collection intimately. If the ‘archive’ project in second year was (or will be) your driving force, then come and explore the depth of possibilities that research based drawing can offer. A week spent here could fuel a life long love and association with one of our most intriguing and diverse resources.



Resources and References:

All pictures on this page courtesy State Library of New South Wales. Photographer: Joy Lai.

To see what the collection contains, view the Library’s general website

You can see curated stories about the collections at

Pictorial material can be found in the manuscripts and pictures catalogue at If you select the button records with images you will only see collection material that has been digitised.

There is a site on the Holtermann collection at – if you scroll down to the bottom of these pages, you can see images from the collection which can be zoomed in on, for their detail. You can also find these images in the pictures catalogue by searching using the words holtermann and hill end.


Chelsea Lehmann


Chelsea Lehmann, Magna, 2017, oil on linen, 29 x 26.5cm

Chelsea Lehmann holds a Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons) from Adelaide Central School of Art (1998) and was a visiting scholar at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland (1999) courtesy of the Ruth Tuck Scholarship. She has an MFA (Research) from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW (2007) and a PhD (UNSW Art & Design, 2018). Lehmann has been the recipient of several awards, grants and local and international residencies and has exhibited widely in Australia. Her current work focuses on retrieving layers of images within the painted surface through scientific imaging techniques such as x-ray and infrared, and physical erasure.

Kim Spooner

97. Long After Magritte

Kim Spooner, Long after Magritte, charcoal on Saunders w/c cotton rag, 350gsm, 152 x 152cm

Kim Spooner is an established artist who has had 19 Solo Exhibitions throughout Australia. She is represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney. Her work is held in the National Collection, The German Embassy Sydney, as well as notable Private Collections in Australia and overseas. She has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award, Campbelltown Art Prize and her work has been exhibited in the Archibald, Sulman, Dobell Prize Exhibitions and many others. She is known for her incisive paintings and drawings which allude subtle narratives relating to literature and the traditions of painting, as well as a mastery of traditional mediums including egg tempera and encaustic painting. Kim’s most recent drawings are a personal conversation with iconic artists. Kim is a respected lecturer in painting and drawing at the National Art School.