Wildlife Art Prize

Published Monday, September 16, 2002

The SA Museum is establishing an art prize for natural history, with total prizemoney of $85,000.

With so much fascinating and sometimes great naturalist and landscape art being produced over the last two hundred years, originating with the works by Ray Parkinson (working for Sir Joseph Banks) onboard Captain Cooks First Voyage, the South Australian Museum is now hosting an award, which opens to applicants in May 2003.

The submitted artwork must depict a natural history topic. By definition: "A work dealing with natural objects, animal, vegetable or mineral." Landscapes must focus on natural setting and, for example, include animals, forest material, underwater scenes or geological phenomena. They will not have a man-made influence which might include buildings, stock, vineyards, cleared land etc.

Frederick George Waterhouse, after whom this award is named, worked at the British Museum as an eminent zoologist. He became the first curator of the emerging South Australian Museum, which opened in January 1862. Waterhouse was an avid collector of Australia's fauna accompanying J. McD. Stuart across the Australian continent in 1861 to collect and document its fauna. He collected insects, reptiles, birds, mammals and plants. He discovered 40 new species of fish off the South Australian coastline. He died on 7th September 1898 and was buried at Magill. His great, great grandson is Dr Andrew Thomas, Australia's only Astronaut and Cosmonaut.

More information is available from the site http://www.thewaterhouse.com.au/info.htm.

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