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Friday, December 09, 2005

Eslake to head arts board

The Mercury: Eslake to head arts board [10dec05]

SAUL Eslake admits to being something of an amateur collector of Tasmanian art.

He has 24 landscapes by well-known artists such as Peter Barraclough, Patricia Giles and Roger Murphy hanging on the walls of his Melbourne home.

Now the well-known University of Tasmania graduate, ANZ senior economist and proud expatriate Tasmanian has been appointed to head Tasmania's Arts Advisory Board.

Mr Eslake believes the state, with its unique island culture, wilderness, remoteness, independence yet sophistication, has many characteristics that are attractive to creative people.

"The arts are a major source of the creativity, imagination and skills which, I believe, will become increasingly important contributors to sustainable growth in Tasmania's economy," Mr Eslake said.






Arts Minister Lara Giddings announced three other Arts Board appointments: playwright and director Scott Rankin, designer Pippa Dickson and business development manager for the Ten Days on the Island festival, Maria Lurighi.

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