Justy Phillips

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write/here 2005–2008

In March 2007, Justy Phillips and James Newitt 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.

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.

write/here book, hard cover Ltd. Edition /100.

The write/here book is published in an edition of 1000 copies, including 900 soft cover and 100 limited edition hard cover copies. write/here offers significant insight into the research, process and development of the write/here project. It presents complete and unedited transcripts of several key interviews, workshop, installation and images documenting all 27 installed sites, and critical essays contextualising the work.

136 pages, including 48 pages full colour. Size: 210mm x 260mm x 16mm. Published by James Newitt and Justy Phillips. Printed by Focal Printing, Hobart, Australia.

Click here to purchase a copy of either of the write/here books.

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