The Penguin Project

The Penguin Rookeries

As many as 5,500 primary school children from every corner of Tasmania are participating in Australian Antarctic Festival activities by painting small plywood penguin cut-outs standing just 30 cm high.

A total of 110 schools are taking part, each painting “rookeries” of 50 plywood penguins and these will be displayed along the Hobart waterfront during the festival, with each school having its own display. All were provided to the schools by the Mawson’s Huts Foundation which initiated the Antarctic Festival and is organising the penguin project.

The first to complete their 50 was Edith Creek Primary from the north of Tasmania. “They’re just fabulous,” said Foundation chairman David Jensen, “They’re just what we envisaged they would be like. We asked the children to let their imagination run and make them as colourful as they like.”

David & fibre glass penguins Edith Creek

The Foundation provided the penguins to the schools at no charge but is asking parents/grand parents to buy their children’s penguins at $5 to help cover production costs.

Tassie Artists Lend A Hand

fibre glass penguins unpainted

These small penguins will be displayed along with 20 one metre tall fibreglass penguins which have been allocated to 20 different Tasmanian artists. All will be offered for sale to help raise funds for the conservation of Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison in East Antarctica.

Some of the Tasmanian artists taking part are:

Esther Shohet

Amanda Davies

Colin Langridge

Julian Oates

Reuben Oates

Leigh Oates

Angelina Hemphill

Sarina Dutton

Rita Boucher

Nikki Ferencz

Sheri Matthews

Erin Crummy

Dan Tucker

Clare Combey

Josh Foley

Tom Samek

Kaye Gilhooley

Joan Harrison

Common Ground Charity Tasmania

Wendy Edwards