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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

1 September 2003

Taking the Arts to Antarctica

What do a novelist, an Austrian artist, a Rhodes scholar, a nature writer and photographer, a visual artist and a natural history writer have in common?

The answer is they will all be heading down to the Australian Antarctic stations this summer to use their creative skills as artists and writers to help us better understand the frozen continent.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone, announced today the six winners of the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowships.

"Conveying the magnificence of the Antarctic is an important task as most people will never travel there," Dr Stone said.

"This Fellowship is a once in a lifetime and life-changing experience for the artists selected.

"Australia is custodian of over 42 per cent of the last great wilderness and we are dedicated to preserving, repairing and better understanding it."

The Australian Government's Antarctic Division will host six people in Antarctica. Each trip is valued between $34,000 and $76,000. The Fellowships:

Almost 70 people have travelled to Antarctica under the Arts Fellowship program since it began in 1984 including Andrew Denton (1993-4), Tim Bowden (1988-89) and Nikki Gemmell (1995-96).

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