Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery opens Antarctic exhibition

A new permanent exhibition exploring Antarctica and the Southern Ocean will open in early 2006 at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Islands to Ice: the Great Southern Ocean and Antarctica will detail Antarctica’s places, people, wildlife and other natural phenomena. The region’s significant historical and present links with Hobart will also feature.

The exhibition will contain an array of original artefacts — objects, documents and film — with authoritative input from scientists, historians, artists and expeditioners.

‘The exhibition will combine the humanities and science and use multi-media graphics. It will showcase objects and artefacts that form part of the state collection at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery,’ said Senior Curator of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean project, David Pemberton.

The curatorial team spent months sourcing items to add to the Museum’s collection, including from the AAD — where many people donated personal artefacts. The team are still eager for donations, particularly of dramatic images of the Southern Ocean. Donated items will be curated to international standards and incorporated into the Museum collection. They could also be used for various educational programs related to the exhibition.

A hotline has been set up for donations and information: email Antarctic. Exhibition@tmag.tas.gov.au or telephone: (+61 3) 6211 4166.