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In March 2007, James Newitt and Justy Phillips staged the exhibition component of their three year project write/here. For ten days the artists occupied every advertising billboard space in Hobart, Tasmania – replacing existing advertisements with text phrases. The phrases, reflections of Hobart by the community of Hobart, articulated a selection of the local community’s relationships (both public and private) with its city. Considered [by the artists] as ‘part community event, part temporary public art project and part media intervention,’ write/here established itself in twenty-seven different sites and became the first billboard-orientated art project to inhabit all of the billboards of an entire city.

Each billboard hosts a single narrative text, a personal response to life in Hobart. These texts were selected from responses recorded from different community groups; recent arrivals to Tasmania from the Middle East and West Africa, prison inmates, clients at nursing homes, college students, members of the Aboriginal community; and anonymous submissions from the general public.

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SPONSORSHIP AND SUPPORT/
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

We would like to thank the following individuals and organisations, which committed financial support to the project. Without this initial support from both the Arts and Business communities, the project would not exist. We are indebted to their vision and trust in both the artists and the project: Hobart City Council; Claude Group; J.Boag & Sons; Cascade Brewery; Meadowbank Estate; RACT; University of Tasmania; Jam Packed; Misho & Associates; Photolith; Republic Bar & Cafe; Coo’ee Tasmania; Hobart Bookshop; Criterion Gallery; Morris Nunn & Associates and Eye Spy Signs.

RELATED EDITIONS

WRITE/HERE BOOK SOFT COVER
WRITE/HERE BILLBOARD SKINS
WRITE/HERE SHOPPING BAGS

PROJECT: WRITE/HERE