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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Living Tasmanian artists to make way for writers

A new Tasmania-wide cultural event is on the books - Living Writers Week will replace Living Artists Week in 2006.

This year, Living Artists Week showcased more than 700 painters and sculptors in schools, studios, shop fronts and galleries around the state.

The acting head of Arts at Work, Lisa Singh, says the change is still in the planning phase.

"It will be obviously a different kind of an event," she said.

"Living Writers Week will have to take on a different focus but we do have a number of fantastic artists in Tasmania and they are also worth showcasing."

Ms Singh says dozens of paintings and sculptures have been sold and new works commissioned during this year's Living Artists Week.

"It puts the arts right in the spotlight and brings all kinds of benefits, economically and socially, that flow from that," she said.

"Also this has been the quieter period of the year for Tasmania and to have a statewide event exposed during that quieter time of the year I think is a real positive because it gets everyone out no matter how cold it is."



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