The Edge is the State Library of Queensland’s newest initiative, sitting alongside its established programs and continuing the library’s growth as a cultural and knowledge destination.
It is a place for young Queenslanders; a place for experimentation and creativity, giving contemporary tools to young people to allow them to explore critical ideas, green initiatives, new design practices and media making.
The Edge enables the creation of all sorts of art and technology, research, training, mentoring and being mentored, networking, and entertaining and being entertained.
Informal spaces abound for discussion and the pursuit of individual and group activities, which foster a sense of community, a commitment to collaboration and a spirit of openness.
It runs programs devoted to innovation in craft, music, film, writing, and other areas, with workshops and presentations, as well as areas where you can just drop in and play.
It’s still early days, and it will be interesting to see how all this turns out: whether it becomes a vibrant area of digital arts in Brisbane, or whether it turns out to be a multi-million dollar (I assume) white elephant.
The early signs are promising.