Australian animator and producer Jilli Rose is the 2014 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow.
Each year, the Australian Government awards an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship to enable those with a non-science focus to experience Antarctica first-hand so they can communicate this unique experience and understanding to other Australians.
The recipient of this year’s Fellowship, Jilli Rose, from Castlemaine in Victoria, will travel to Casey station in Antarctica in December, for two weeks.
Ms Rose has 18 years’ experience creating animations for clients around the world, and work featuring in many major natural history museums, on television, in cinemas and film festivals.
She has won a number of national and international awards for her work, including the title sequence for the Discovery Channel series Mythbusters, and her recently released short animated documentary Sticky, about the Lord Howe Island stick insects.
Ms Rose will use her Fellowship to produce a series of science-themed short animated films, with segments created for television, film, the internet, educational apps and arts festivals.
These animations will be particularly aimed at children, using stories, imagery and emotion to encourage them to engage with science.
Ms Rose will use her experience in Antarctica, including conversations with scientists, to inform her work.
She also aims to produce a film and sketchbook documentary about the making of the animations for an adult audience, focussing on the communication between scientists and artists.
The Fellowship and its predecessor, the Antarctic Humanities program, have been running since 1985. Other previous Arts Fellows include writer Tom Griffiths, visual artists John Kelly and Stephen Eastaugh, sound artist Philip Samartzis, and children’s authors Coral Tulloch and Alison Lester.
More information about the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship is available at: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/art(ENDS