Scott 100 co-convener Helen Stead (left), with artist
Juilee Pryor, Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton and Forrester Art
Gallery director Warwick Smith. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
An Australian artist this week gave 80 works of art to
the Forrester Art Gallery in Oamaru, bringing to a close a
15-year ''obsession'' with the Antarctic and the story of
Captain Robert Falcon Scott.
Sydney-based artist Juilee Pryor, who donated the
hybrid-media panels to the gallery on Monday, said she had
turned down offers from other galley's to take her 90 Degrees
South Again exhibition on tour.
Ms Pryor said Oamaru was ''the right place'' for her work,
which was based on Herbert Ponting's 1911 photographs of
Scott and his Antarctic party.
She had been captivated by the Antarctic after flying over
the area 15 years ago, and added she had also made an
emotional pilgrimage to the Antarctic in order to complete
''When I got down there in the Antarctic, I lay down in the
snow and cried.''
Finishing the exhibition paintings was like ''repaying
some-kind of debt'', she said.
''It was a very slow and obsessive process. I walked for a
long time in Scott's mind.''
Gallery director Warwick Smith said Mr Ponting's photographs
were ''one of the most remarkable'' and important events he
had seen at the gallery, and added that Ms Pryor's generosity
would ensure there would always be a memento of those
photographs in Oamaru.
A total of 28 prints taken from original glass plate
negatives developed by Mr Ponting in the Antarctic, went on
display on Waitangi Day.
The photographs, on loan from the Scott Polar Research
Institute in the United Kingdom, will remain until April 7.