'Antarctic Impressions’ on show at Parliament House

An exhibition showcasing Australia’s Antarctic Humanities Program was held at Parliament House in Canberra from 1 May to 25 June.

In opening ‘Antarctic Impressions', Parliamentary Secretary for the Antarctic Dr Sharman Stone said that the Humanities Program was a perfect vehicle to help promote Australia’s vital role in the protection of Antarctica and of our science program.

“Each year, through its Humanities Program, the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) offers the chance of a berth to Antarctica for visual artists, writers, historians, journalists, poets, musicians, film makers, teachers and those from similar occupations. So far, almost 70 have participated in the scheme,” said Dr Stone.

This is the first exhibition to bring together an extensive range of artistic and other works that have resulted from the AAD’s Humanities Program since it began in 1984, and included paintings, photographs, educational resources, books, travel guides, histories, video excerpts from documentaries and interactive exhibits.