Antarctic Exhibition

In 2005 Alison Lester travelled to Antarctica as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow. Every night on the six week voyage aboard the Aurora Australia she emailed children around Australia ( and the world ) describing her experiences and asking the kids to draw and send her their interpretations of them. 

She arrived home to a huge pile of envelopes full of drawings and used some of the drawings to create the Kids Antarctic Art exhibition, a collaboration of the children’s drawings and her design and colour.

The Kid's Antarctic Art Exhibition opened at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in 2007 and has been shown in many places since. All profits from the images go to the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

Whale Tail

Raquel Gardner with Alison Lester.

Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper. 2007

Seal Poking Head

Jacques Tredoux with Alison Lester.

Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, pencil and gouache. 2007

Beset

Kalani with Alison Lester.

Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, pencil and gouache. 2007

All The Tracks Of The Aurora

Numerous children with Alison Lester.

Photocopied images on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, pencil and gouache. 2005 

Ship in Ice

Kalani with Alison Lester.

Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, pencil and gouache. 2007

Birds Above The Ship

Numerous children with Alison Lester.

Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, pencil and gouache. 2007

Blizzard

Katrina with Alison Lester.

Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, pencil and gouache. 2007

Way Down Deep

Numerous children with Alison Lester.

Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

Crazy Penguins

Numerous children with Alison Lester.

Inkjet printed images on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

More Crazy Penguins

Numerous children with Alison Lester.

Inkjet printed images on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

The Aurora Australis

Jade Wilkinson and Hayley Moxey with Alison Lester Inkjet printed images on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, pencil and gouache. 2007 “The Aurora was swinging from side to side and it looked as though the ropes would break for sure.”

Do Not Kill Our Whales

Numerous children with Alison Lester Inkjet printed images on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour and chinagraph pencil. 2007

Big Penguin

Aaron Hendell with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, pencil and gouache. 2007

Flying Penguins

Robert Davies with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour and wax. 2007

Aurora Over Red Shed

Rowan Reed with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour and wax crayon. 2007 “Last night a green aurora stretched across the sky, shimmering and dancing in front of the stars.”

Ice Tongues

Bradley with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image with wax crayon and watercolour. 2007

Green Penguins

Tom Waller with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper 2007

Penguins And Ice Cliff

Kalani with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour and wax crayon. 2007

Its Cold In Antarctica

Jake Stanley with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

Many Whales

Numerous Children with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand coloured with watercolour and gouache 2007

Midwinter Aurora

Kalani with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand coloured with watercolour and wax crayon. 2007

Macquarie Island Birds

Numerous children with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, pencil and gouache. 2007

Orca

Ryo Nakagawa with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

Penguin Playing Guitar

Aimee Burnett with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

Arnhem Land Penguin

Pearl Nabegeyo with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper, hand-coloured with watercolour and gouache. 2007

Hagglund

Matthew Hayward with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour and wax crayon. 2007 “The Hagglund’s tracks couldn’t get a grip on the ice and we did one huge backwards slide for almost one hundred metres.”

Mountains In Ice

oru Asahina with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007 “The mountains behind Mawson looked as though they were poking up through mist but as we drew closer I could see that it was ice.”

Noughts And Crosses Seal

Sam with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

Sealville

Numerous children with Alison Lester Inkjet printed images on watercolour paper 2007

Lights Above Ship

Numerous children with Alison Lester Inkjet printed images on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

Katabatic Wind

Brianna Good with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007 “The wind was so fierce it was difficult to breathe

Three Penguin Moon

Bryce Condon with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

Bootscooting Penguins

Heidi and Marissa with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour and wax crayon. 2007

Humpback Whale

Nathan with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper 2007

Antarctic Sunset

Numerous children with Alison Lester Inkjet printed images on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007 “It was a fabulous sunset, red, orange and yellow streaking the sky and reflecting in the water, with icebergs looking black against the shimmer and birds flying everywhere.”

Looking East

Dylan McLaren with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour and wax crayon. 2007

Seals Under Ice

Aleisha Casbolt with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007 “We watched a Weddell Seal scratching his whiskers with his flipper, a beautiful little cat’s face on a very fat body.”

Elephant Seal Sleeping

White with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour and wax crayon. 2007

The Fin

Rowan Reed with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007 “Caroline saw a huge black fin on the bow wave of the ship.”

Ship And Stars

Giulia Edwardes with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour. 2007

Working In Antarctica

Dylan with Alison Lester Inkjet printed image on watercolour paper hand-coloured with watercolour and wax crayon. 2007