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Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship

The Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship is now calling for applicants. The Fellowship was created to utilise the unique perspective of creatives to convey the Antarctic experience and the work being done there to other Australians.

Recipients receive passage to Antarctica and associated logistical support ie, food, accommodation and transport. The AAD also provides cold-weather clothing on loan.

According to the Australian Government’s website, “the program aims to nurture the production of excellent and significant  works of art and interpretation by leading professionals and talented  emerging artists.”

Past participants include writer Favel Parrett; sound artist Philip Samartzis; mixed-media artist Stephen  Eastaugh; installation artist David Burrows; printmaker Jörg  Schmeisser; dancer and choreographer Tina Evans; children’s authors and  illustrators Coral Tulloch and Alison Lester.

It aims to foster understanding of the Antarctic environment and communicate the significance of Australia’s activities there through the work of people gifted in communicating through various media including (but not limited to) the visual arts, film-making, performance, writing, education, and music.

Applications must be submitted online by 30 March to ber considered for the following summer season.

Application information is on the Government’s website or here > http://www.antarctica.gov.au/about-antarctica/antarctic-arts-fellowship

Image: Stephen Eastaugh, 2009 Fellowship recipient, in his studio in Antarctica.

Photo by Stephen Eastaugh