A month ago Kiama visual artist Jaz Corr didn't know too much about the Sapporo Snow Festival.
In February next year the Dharawal artist and Vincentia High School teacher will be part of the 2020 Australian Snow Sculpture Team competing in Japan's largest winter event.
The team will take part in the 47th International Snow Sculpture Contest. Over two million people are expected to travel from all over the world for the prestigious festival.
"I feel very privileged to be selected as an Aboriginal artist to represent not only Australia but my community," Corr said.
"I think it is also really important to share this knowledge and these skills with my students."
Team manager Scott Sheehan chose Corr on the referral of Aunty Gay Brown.
"The fact I've been snowboarding for the past 10 years I think might have helped me in getting picked. Regardless of why I was chosen, I'm just glad to be in the team and can't wait to get to Japan," she said.
Corr and fellow team members Scott Sheehan and Anne Marie Taberdo will create a snow sculpture that incorporates a creative artistic view and reflects Australian and Japanese connection.
Working with a 3m high by 3m wide and 3m deep block of compressed snow, carving their design will be challenging in below -5 to -20 winter conditions.
The team will also work outside in the cold elements for 10-hours a day during the seven-day competition.
The team have covered their own cost for flights to get to Japan but need funds to help towards snow sculpture tools, transport, winter apparel and team jackets to keep the artists warm.
To support the 2020 Australian Snow Sculpture Team, visit their page here.