Enter the contest

State Library Victoria is teaming up with Redbubble, the global creative marketplace, to create independent art history.

We're asking artists from across the world to design original work inspired by historic images from our collection to win incredible prizes.

Remix. Reuse. Do your own thing.


  • Cash (1st prize: A$2500; 2nd prize: A$1000; 3rd prize: A$500)
  • Have your design displayed at State Library Victoria
  • Get your design permanently added to the Library's collection
  • Sell your products at the Library in Readings bookshop

How it works

1. Choose an image from our three collection themes: MagicWeird and wonderful creatures and Botanicals.
2. Create an original design inspired by this image.
3. Share on Instagram with #CreateArtHistory and upload to your Redbubble account.

All of the images in each theme are out of copyright and free to remix, reuse and reimagine in any way you choose.

Enter the contest

Visit Redbubble to find out more and to enter the contest.

The contest closes at 10am AEDT on Monday 30 October 2017. Good luck!


For wizards, tricks and illusions, explore our Magic gallery.

Weird and wonderful creatures

Discover fanciful images of imaginary beasts in our Weird and wonderful creatures gallery.


Browse pictures of beautiful flowers and fruit in our Botanicals gallery.

The Amazing Alma

The Library is home to all sorts of incredible items, and one of the most magical is the WG Alma Conjuring Collection.

The art of botanical illustration

Go behind the scenes with our rare books librarian, Jan McDonald, as she reveals two of her favourite volumes of botanical illustrations.

Mirror of the world

Photo of desks in the La Trobe reading room through an archway with a light globe in the centre

All of the images in our Botanicals and Weird and wonderful creatures galleries are drawn from our History of the book collection. You can see many of these images in the Mirror of the world exhibition – permanently on display on Level 4 of the Dome Galleries.

Discover thousands of images

For more inspiration, dip into our digital image pool – a cornucopia of photos, maps, posters, illustrations and much more! All pictures are out of copyright or available to be used.