Picture this: image-makers now have the opportunity to make a mark on history and expose their work to a national audience.

The National Library of Australia, through Picture Australia - which offers some of the nation's best pictorial collections online -­ invites all image-makers to “mash-up selected public domain historical images into new artworks. By incorporating your own illustrations and photographs with these public domain images, new montages will be created.

These new creations will then play a role in the national record - or may be acquired by a collecting institution.

“The aim of the project is to encourage the creative use of the nation's collections and attract new audiences who play and work in the visual industries,'' the manager of Picture Australia, Fiona Hooton, said.

“We are encouraging image-makers to creatively reuse, reinterpret and 'Re-Picture','' she said.

Picture curators from libraries, archives, galleries and museums from around the country have provided high-resolution images from their collections for the project. After image-makers load their 'mash-ups' to Flickr, one of the world's most popular photo-sharing websites, they will then be transferred back to Picture Australia to 'Re-Picture' Australia.

Selected works from the Re-Picture Australia project may also be included in Picture Australia's contribution to the Vivid National Photography Festival, which runs from July 11 to October 12 in Canberra, including a multimedia display at the National Library of Australia.

Information on how to access the public domain images and add and describe your own work, can be accessed from www.pictureaustralia.org

Exhibition details

High-resolution images are available for download at http://www.nla.gov.au/media/

  • see: Fiona Hooton is available for interview.
  • for: everyone
  • hours: July 11 to October 12 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • bookings: no
  • cost: free