‘Lifestyle – a sunshine state of mind’ is the State Library of Queensland’s newest exhibition which explores the unique ways Queenslanders have pursued meaningful and rewarding lives since the late 1800’s.

You may ask yourself what are the ingredients of a meaningful life? To some it may be a skipping rope, an artist’s paint box, a nap under a Jacaranda tree, helping your neighbours in a tropical cyclone, or even, a box of mangos.

This exhibition delves into the quirks of the Queensland sensibility through the themes of: wellbeing, home, expression, play, community and hope.

Wander through a mesmerising collection of curios and heritage items from the State Library of Queensland’s rare and restricted collections which include:

 original artworks from Queensland’s early expressionist painters
 quirky tourism posters from the 1950s
 love notes written on apricot leaves in the Boer War (lovebirds Lionel and Winifred)
 a collection of home movies from the 1950s (retro bikinis and vintage cars)

The exhibition has a range of lifestyle ambassadors from the wellness industry to human rights activists who speak throughout the exhibition about what the themes mean to them.

This fabulous exhibition is free and now showing at the State Library of Queensland, definitely worth a trip down memory lane for some or an interesting insight in the life of yesteryear for others.

Lifestyle: a sunshine state of mind

When – Open daily from 3 March to 21 October 2018

Where – SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct

Website – www.slq.qld.gov.au

Cost – Free entry