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Elizabeth

Elizabeth RICHARDSON (Russell-Arnot)

Year of Award: 1984 Award State: Tasmania Arts - Visual > Literature And History
Arts - Visual > Painting And Illustration
To investigate techniques for the recording of natural history and scientific illustration - USA, UK, Germany
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Elizabeth’s Fellowship gave her an opportunity to work with the greatest passion of her life outside of taking care of her family. As a young single mother, taking care of her two boys (who both had cystic fibrosis), becoming a Churchill Fellow seemed to be outside the realm of possibility.

Elizabeth had a passion for both art and the environment from early childhood and used painting and drawing to express her commitment. This resulted in her work becoming refined and targeted towards wanting to show other Tasmanians the value of this work to their community. We as Tasmanians have a long association with natural history, and with using art to record our spectacular and treasured species. Elizabeth’s dream was to create opportunities for other Tasmanians to become skilled in this field and then take their work into important areas like science, medicine, arts, environment, publishing, design and education; here these highly developed skills could contribute to the execution, publication, collection and preservation of not only the contemporary works being created, but the historical works that have contributed so much in the past.

Being awarded a Churchill Fellowship was very empowering, enabling Elizabeth to bring essential information back to Australia, where she used it in her own work as well as in teaching classes over the next 30 years. She continued to create works that related to the environment, going on to add sculpture to her repertoire and to complete two Masters Degrees in the Arts, the last in 2013. These works are used to carry a narrative of the problems that are created for our environment through the inappropriate disposal of waste, and its effects on life forms of all kinds.

Through this period she has continued to contribute her work which is used in many different ways, such as to illustrate interpretative signage for Tasmania’s national parks on the East and Northeast Coast, as well as writing/illustrating as many as 26 books for educational use in Primary Schools.

Elizabeth’s commitment to Tasmanian Arts and Environment continues with increasing strength to this day. It is through her Churchill Fellowship and the support of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust that all of this was made possible.

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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