29 September to 9 October 2022 - Artist Ira Mitchell-Kirk has painted a series of portraits to draw attention to women in Antarctic science.
We are often drawn to the Antarctic by what is missing there. Women researchers have played important an important part in Antarctic science, but they are often missing from histories of Antarctic exploration.
Ira Mitchell-Kirk's subjects include American explorer Jackie Ronne, who in 1947 became the first woman in the world to be a working member of an Antarctic expedition.
Also featured is New Zealand scientist Pam Young – the first woman to set foot at the South Pole.
Ira’s portraits are displayed in the Visitor Lounge at Canterbury Museum, adjacent to the Museum’s Antarctic Gallery. Each portrait has a QR code with links to information on its subject.
Supported by the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP).