UTS Library

Past Events



Data Lace Exhibition
Date: 28 September to 3 November. 2017

Data Lace is an ethereal paper lace installation created by textile artist Cecilia Heffer and shown suspended in the central stairwell of UTS Library as part of the inaugural Sydney Craft Week (6 -15 October 2017).

Data Lace 2017 is a creative responsive to a selected environment - a workplace. Through a series of daily walking expeditions from an office to a design studio, ephemera in the form of shredded paper documents were collected and transformed into an installation of fragmented information, numbers and words - a Data Lace.

Reading Room Chair Exhibition
Date: 6 September to 10 November, 2017

Showcasing UTS Library's 2016 Artist in Residence Adam Goodrum's Reading Room Chair.

Sydney-based furniture designer Adam Goodrum completed a residency with UTS Library in 2016, where he considered how daily visitors might engage with design objects within an academic space. As the result of his residency, Adam produced the Reading Room Chair.

National Science Week - Living Traces Exhibition
Date: 9 August to 1 September, 2017

Showcasing work by UTS Visual Communications Honours student Megan Wong. 

In her design practice, Megan celebrates the hidden and unnoticed traces that are left when humans interact with books. The three projects that were presented investigated different elements of the traces that accumulate on library books over time. By visualising unseen elements of human interaction, Megan's practice draws attention to the ways objects change through use.

Interaction of Color
Date: 19 July 2017

UTS Library opened up its Special Collections to showcase Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color to members and friends of the Australian Book Designers Association. Joseph Albers’ 1963 book Interaction of Color provided the most comprehensive analysis of the function and perception of colour to date and profoundly influenced art education and artistic practice, particularly in Century Color Field painting and Minimalism.

The Dead Wood Archive: Typographic Publications
Date: 17 July to 8 August, 2017

Eight UTS Visual Communication students displayed their design works that were created in response to a brief from the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD). ISTD asked students to respond to the idea of a book as a “Dead Wood Archive”. First, students were tasked with converting their birthdays into a personal Dewey Decimal number and creating a typographic response to the book their number happens to correspond with. Students were then asked to celebrate the book in any manner they saw fit. 

Global Studio India: Artisan Textiles
Date: 10 May to 2 June, 2017

Global Studio India: Artisan Textiles, was an exhibition of works produced in 2016 by UTS Fashion and Textiles students in collaboration with the Kullu Karishma Weave Studio, Tharangini Prints and the Calantha Fashion Studio.

For this Global Studio, students were interviewed and selected for two very different programs according to their interest and design strengths. One group attended the Kullu Karishma Weave Studio based in the Himalayas and the second group went to Bangalore where they worked with an internationally recognized woodblock studio known as Tharangini Prints. 

Cyanotypes: New Perspectives
Date: 13 April to 4 May, 2017

Cyanotypes: New Perspectives showcases the work of five young UTS designers and artists working with the cyanotype process.

Featuring works from: Rebecca Seeto, Poppy Rodrigues, Emily Kraljevic, Aaron Patterson and Zara Hartwig.

Textile Global Studio: China
Date: 20 March to 10 April, 2017

An exhibition of textile works produced by UTS Fashion and Textiles students in collaboration with Yantai Nanshan University, Longkou.

This Global Studio involved students travelling to Hong Kong and mainland China (Shandong Province) over a two week program. Students were given the chance to explore local cultural textile applications as well as textile production in urban Hong Kong. Presentations from industry professionals introduced participants to global textile practices and provided context for Hong Kong Fashion Week sessions the students attended through Savannah College of Art and Design.


Out of the Shadows: Portraiture of Domestic Workers in Nepal
Date: 13 September, 2016 to 12 October, 2016 

Domestic work is work undertaken in ‘private households, often without clear terms of employment, unregistered in any book, and excluded from the scope of labour legislation’. Domestic workers account for some 200,000 workers in Nepal. Their work is not recognised nor well regulated, which leaves the predominately female workforce vulnerable to exploitation.The 15 stories in this collection weave a familiar but striking narrative of experiences common to millions of women around the world – limited education opportunities, forced or arranged marriage, child labour, caste-based discrimination, violence and poverty.

This exhibition was held in collaboration with Anti-Slavery Australia and Konica Minolta. 

Wildebeest Workshop Exhibition
Date: 5 September, 2016 to 7 October, 2016

The Wildebeest Workshop is a pair of portable wagons designed to facilitate community building projects, travelling workshops or roving men’s sheds. First commissioned for the 2013 Sydney Design 3x3x3 Design Challenge, they were designed and constructed entirely from recycled materials by Social Designer Tasman Munro, who is a staff member and PhD student at UTS. Wildebeest aims to encourage communities to engage in hands-on problem solving through skills sharing and DIY construction.

This exhibition was held as part of the Sydney Design Festival 2016. 

Women in STEMM Expo
17 August, 2016

UTS Library is proud to celebrate UTS researchers and students who work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM). Kathy Potter, Christie McMonigal, Valerie Gay and Theresa Anderson shared their research with us.

Women in Forensic Science Exhibition
Date: 9 August, 2016 to 26 August, 2016

UTS Library showcased the work of four of UTS's leading postgraduate researchers. 

  • Verena Taudte – Gunshot residue analysis
  • Maiken Ueland – Textile degradation patterns
  • Mackenzie de la Hunty – Fingerprints on porous surfaces
  • Morgan Philp – Developing new and novel presumptive colour tests for new psychoactive compounds

These events were part of National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival.

On the Fringes: South West Sydney 1994 - 2014 
25 May, 2016 to 1 July, 2016

UTS Library hosted a photographic exhibition of selected works by Therese Sweeney - On the Fringes: South West Sydney 1994-2014The freely available, online collection explores social history and cultural life on the outskirts of South-western Sydney. Recorded through photography, audio interviews, and video footage, the collection documents the communities of Green Valley and its traditional market gardening communities.

Global Studio: Kullu Himalaya Weave Exhibition
Date: 26 April, 2016 to 10 June, 2016
The 2015 Global Studio was a collaboration and cross-cultural exchange with the Indian Weave Studio Kullu Karishma.

Thirteen Fashion & Textile students spent two and a half weeks based at the studio in the Himalayas working closely with experienced artisans. They visited their ethical Angora rabbit farm, watched the shearing and immersed themselves in local culture, learning traditional techniques of hand looming, knitting, felting and sustainable natural dying.

UTS Fashion and Textiles tours are made possible through collaboration with Julie Lantry (Director of Artisan Culture), Cecilia Heffer (India Global Studio Coordinator) and the support of UTS Build.

Hong Kong Global Design Studio Exhibition
Date: 2 February, 2016 to 15 April, 2016
In 2015, students from the UTS School of Design travelled to Hong Kong to work on a two week, practice-based design research project.

Working in small interdisciplinary groups, the students explored and documented dilapidated highrise migrant communities, sleepy fishing islands, hidden alleyways and bustling street markets. Examining the unique material culture of these places, their work creatively reflects thoughtful insights into the social and cultural issues that define contemporary Hong Kong.


Curations Exhibit: Interior & Spatial Models

Date: 1 September, 2015 to 25 September, 2015
The City of Sydney Council area currently has no public school within its borders. Spurred on by a massive increase in residential housing at both Barangaroo and Green Square, the City of Sydney has become a critical site in the search for a new education facility. A search for a public school in the heart of the city – a very high high school.

The works from UTS Interior & Spatial Design Honours and Masters students breaks the rules of traditional school design to house 2000 students in Sydney’s Central Business District. The books and models displayed demonstrated ideas that challenge traditional notions of morphology and autonomy in search of ideas that afford spatial and economic viability within the regulations and constraints of the existing city.

Murder not Tragedy: Rana Plaza

Date: 13 July, 2015 to 28 August, 2015
Photos from the Drik Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
On April 23 2013, workers evacuated a large garment factory known as Rana Plaza, in Dhaka, when they noticed large cracks in the structure. The next day workers were instructed to return to work, and the building collapsed leaving at least 1,100 people dead. 2,500 were rescued, many with very serious injuries. In June 2015, after two years of sustained pressure on the Government, 41 people have been charged with murder, including factory owners and government officials.

In 2013 Drik invited photographers, activists and other artists to submit work and register their protest. Their observations, recorded and imagined, formed the basis of this exhibition, which was brought to Australia by the Australia Bangladesh Solidarity Network.

Colour on the Concrete Exhibition

Date: 26 May, 2015 to 26 June, 2015
Colour on the Concrete was staged across multiple venues, including an exhibition on Level 4 of the City Campus Library.
Colour on the Concrete, curated by Janet Ollevou, explored different approaches and uses of colour and abstraction. It linked art, design and architecture from the late 1960s to contemporary art practice, and brought together major works from the UTS Art Collection across a number of locations around the University. The exhibition featured artworks by artists such as Marion Borgelt, Tony McGillick, Michael Nicholson, Col Jordan, Ken Unsworth, Michael Johnson and Victor Vassarely alongside recent acquisitions and loans to the Collection. 

Curations Exhibit: Textiles Global Print
Date: 7 April, 2015 to 15 May, 2015
Eleven Fashion & Textiles students travelled to regional Indian villages including Jaipur, Bagru and Pushkar, to explore a range of traditional textile print and dye techniques, alongside skilled artisan’s and craftspeople. The exhibition of student works focused on the traditional craft of woodblock printing and Indigo dyeing.

Curations Exhibit: Book Covers
17 December, 2014 to 27 February, 2015
A good book cover is eye-catching, legible and refined. An exceptional cover rises above visual cliché and conveys something of the essence of the book.
The first 'real world' project that UTS Visual Communication Design students undertake is to design a series of three book covers. Students must design a set of covers that critically engages with the visual language of their chosen genre and expresses the unique character of each book, while also conveying a consistent tone across the series.


Curations Exhibit: Fashion
Date: Month of April
Talk: YSL Public Forum - 1 May 2014
Coincided with Sydney Fashion Week (April 6 - 10), UTS Library revealed its hidden fashion treasures and faux pas. A highlight of the event was an intimate salon soirée on the life and works of designer Yves Saint Laurent, presented by UTS Visiting Fellow Val Horridge. Visitors to the Library were able to take a look at a selection of new fashion books, see screenings of various UTS Fashion runway shows, student displays, and our special Yves Saint Laurent box set collection.

Curations Exhibit: Words
Date: Month of May
Words featured a selection of brilliant student works and Library collections, coinciding with the 2014 Sydney Writers’ Festival. Level 2 featured UTS Visual Communication student displays, specifically Publication Design and Motion Design projects. Visitors were able to discover a selection of novels, short stories, poetry and political essays from current UTS Staff, many of whom spoke at the Writers' Festival. UTS Alumni authors also had a presence at this fascinating and varied exhibit.

Curations Exhibit: Design Futures
Date: Month of August
Talk: Stefan Lie / Design Talk - 21 August 2014
UTS Library explored the world of 3D printed design, design thinking, collaborative design futures and interactive product design. The works utilised design processes at the forefront of today’s industry and design thinking. We exhibited works by UTS students from the School of Design, furniture design by a leading Australian designer, rare design publications from the UTS Library Special Collections and volumes from the UTS Library design catalogue. Sydney based designer Stefan Lie discussed 3D printing and instant manufacturing techniques used to create customised and individual products at her '3D Printing and the Future of Manufacture' talk held on the 21st August 2014.

Curations Exhibit: Science
3 September to 17 October
As part of the Ultimo Science Festival, UTS Library exhibited real-time multiple colour images of interactions between micro-organisms and living cells in the study of infectious diseases, leading cancer research imaging and a collaborative project with archaeologists to analyse the chemistry of pigments in ancient rock art.

Curations Exhibit: Architecture
5 November to 15 December
Coincided with the Sydney Artchitecture Festival 2014
Post graduate and Undergraduate Architectural Design students displayed a broad range of projects from the UTS Architecture Faculty. Students were asked to test the limits and assumptions of architecture by exploring new ways in which to exercise their creative potential and ethical responsibilities in shaping the urban environment.

Talk it up! @ UTS:LibraryA program of innovative, challenging and controversial presentations showcasing the expertise of UTS staff and the wider community.


PANEL DISCUSSION in honour of Ada Lovelace Day
STEMM Through the Looking Glass Panel
Date: 17 October 2017
Speakers: Professor Bill Gladstone and Professor Shari Forbes
Panel: Dr Cindy Gunawan, Professor Elise Van Den Hoven, Dr Mehra Haghi, Dr Catherine Burke, Dr Julia Prior and Dr Annette Dowd.

Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Date: 13 September 2017
Speaker: Professor Natalie Stoianoff, Director of the Intellectual Property Program in the Faculty of Law and Chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Forum Committee.

2ser Talks Sustainability with UTS Library
Date: 28 July 2017
Talk: 2ser's Jake Morcom
Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean in collaboration with UTS C3 student Steph Gardner

Ending the Business of Slavery
Date: 25 July 2017
Speakers included: Matt Friedman, Jennifer Burn, Carolyn Kitto, Laura McManus, Patrick McKeller and Paul Redmond.

Artist in Residence Timo Rissanen
Dates: 6 June 2017 & 7 June 2017

Edible Weeds with Diego Bonetto
Date: 31 May, 2017 

Private Land Rights are Killing Nature
Date: 25 May 2017
Teams: UTS Faculty of Law and the UTS Debating Society

Remembering Slavery: Recognition, Justice and Development
Date: 27 March 2017
Speakers included: Aminata Conteh-Biger, Christopher Woodthrope and Professor Jennifer Burn.


Celebrating Women in Science
Date: 15 August, 2016
Panel: A/Professor Mike Ford, Professor Elizabeth Sullivan, A/Professor Alison Beavis, Dr Kristine McGrath, Dr Mary Coupland, A/Professor Alison Un and A/Professor Stella Valenzuela, 

25 Years of Reconciliation - Where Are We Now?
Date: 1 June, 2016
Panel: Peter Cooley, Trista Sa'u, Paddy Gibson and Jason De Santalo.

Legal Responses to Domestic Violence: Where have we been? Where are we going?
Date: 30 May, 2016
Presenter: Dr Jane Wangman

Eleanor Limprecht: Long Bay
Date: 10 May, 2016

To protect oceans, allow countries to sell marine territory
Date: 26 May, 2016
Teams: Faculty of Science and the UTS Debating Society
Video: https://youtu.be/fIwJxfMamp0 

Edible Weeds with Diego Bonetto
Date: 27 May, 2016 


In Discussion with Jennifer Burn: Modern day slavery and human trafficking in Australia

Date: 5 November 2015

Urban farming and green roofs are just eco-bling
Date: 4 June 2015
Teams:  Faculty of DAB and the UTS Debating Society
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpRBxO5fHiM

In Discussion with Geoff Holland: Magna Carta -Law and Legend
Date: 15 June 2015

In Discussion: Peter Scott, Assistant DVC (Education)
Date: 22 October, 2015
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SllzAtXuh8w


The bicycle is the most sustainable piece of engineering ever developed
Date: 5 June 2014
Teams: Faculty of Engineering and IT and the UTS Debating Society 
Video: http://hdl.handle.net/10453/28052

Talk by Alex Holcombe - Why it must win, and how it will win!
Date: 24 October, 2015


Worm Farms Should be Mandatory in Every Kitchen
6 June 2013
Teams: Institute for Sustainable Futures
and the UTS Debating Society

Gold and Greener Pastures: Open Access Explained
Date: 23 October 2013
Video: http://hdl.handle.net/10453/24071 


The Earth Hour Story
Presenters: Reece Proudfoot, the Project Manager for Earth Hour Australia, Marni Ryan, WWF National Manager and Tim Cronin, WWF Sustainable Forest and Palm Oil Manager. 
Date: 28 March 2012
Video: http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19513 

Innovation and Creativity
Presenters: Hael Kobayashi is the Associate Director, Creative Industries Innovation Centre and the Executive Director, Creative Innovation at UTS. Mal Booth, University Librarian and Chris Gaul, UTS Library - Artist in Residence. 
Date: 2 May 2012
Video: http://hdl.handle.net/2100/1314 

NYoR: FREE Author Talk by Debra Adelaide

Book: The Household Guide to Dying
Date: 3 May 2012
Video: http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19502

World Environment Day - The Green Economy Debate

Tax Mining till it Hurts
Presenters: UTS Debating Society and the UTS Business School
Date: 7 June 2012