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The DX Lab is excited to announce that #NewSelfWales will be one of the gallery experiences and will be launched in the Library’s new Michael Crouch Family Galleries on October 6th.

This exciting innovative digital installation will feature thousands of portraits from the Library’s collection projected on the walls of the galleries, allowing visitors to experience these images as they have never been seen before.

We are asking people to upload a portrait of themselves via Instagram using the hashtag #NewSelfWales or use one of the on-site photo booths if they don’t have their own Instagram account.  These selfies will be uploaded and mixed in with the Library’s collection via a data feed and become part of the immersive in-gallery and online experience.  In this process we are documenting what the face of NSW looks like in 2018.

We will be sharing a blog post on the research and user-experience design process and we will make the Library’s collection of thousands of portraits available as a data set.  (Note this will not include the portraits from Instagram)



Tricia Ryan

What a great project to get the community involved especially our youngest members via something they use every day. Instagram is the tool my three children share their lives on. The face of 2018 will be very interesting.
I’m even more excited because you have used a portrait of my great Aunt Ida Leeson as one of the faces to promote this. I didn’t realise just how wonderful she was and what a truly pioneering woman she was on the rights and equality of women until I was an adult and started working in libraries myself.
I look forward to seeing the results of this project.

Paula Bray

Hi Tricia

Thanks for the lovely comment and support about our experience. Ida Leeson was an incredible person and we are very proud of the Library’s special connection with her – as the first woman to be appointed Mitchell Librarian. In this photo, Ida both represents a face of the time (the 1930s) and how, through pioneers like her, that face was changing. We would love to see your portrait (and perhaps those of your children) included along-side Ida’s, so that story can continue.