The Penguin Project

The Penguin Rookeries

As many as 8000 primary school children from every corner of Tasmania and other Australian states are participating in Australian Antarctic Festival activities by painting small plywood penguin cut-outs standing just 30 cm high.

More than 150 schools are taking part, each painting “rookeries” of 50 plywood penguins and these will be displayed at the Mac 2 TasPorts Cruise Terminal on the Hobart waterfront during the festival, with each school having its own display. All are provided to the schools by the Mawson’s Huts Foundation which initiated the Antarctic Festival and is organising the penguin project.

The first entries are in already. “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.”  Registrations are still open if your school would like to take part. Contact the Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum in Hobart on (03) 6231 1518 or call the Mawson’s Huts Foundation Sydney office on (02) 9458 1219


Penguin Display, Waterside Pavilion, Australian Antarctic Festival 2016, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Tassie Artists Lend A Hand

fibre glass penguins unpainted

© Rita Boucher


Professional artists and art students are invited to participate in a project that will see life-sized  fibreglass molds transformed into colourful artworks on display in the Waterside Pavilion on the Hobart waterfront. All will be offered for sale on commission to help raise funds for the conservation of Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison in East Antarctica. Contact Joan Harrison on (03) 6231 1518.

© Davies Langri


Artists Davies Langri and Rita Boucher featured at the 2016 exhibition, among 20 other Tasmanian artists.