A Melbourne sound artist and an Adelaide choreographer and performer have been announced as the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellows for 2010.

Philip Samartzis and Tina Evans were chosen from a highly competitive field and will travel to Antarctica in January.

The aim of the fellowship is to encourage the arts community to experience Antarctica first hand and communicate this to the broader Australian community.

Philip Samartzis is a senior lecturer in sound at RMIT University and has performed and exhibited widely in Australia and overseas.

While in Antarctica he will explore the impacts of extreme environmental conditions on people and the way they adapt to those conditions.

Mr Samartzis will take sound recordings on the voyage south as well as on the Antarctic continent and develop a series of audio pieces for galleries and festivals.

Tina Evans is an emerging director, producer, choreographer and performer with experience creating live multi-art collaborative productions.

After her trip south she will create an installation focused on ice for the Melbourne Fringe Festival at Federation Square.

It will include dance, sculpture, film, photography and soundscapes and explore the impact of global warming.

The Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship is advertised on the Australian Antarctic Division website and applications for next summer need to be lodged by March 2010.