Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Naked Reality of Tight Times Shuts Art Gallery; Economic Conditions Thwart Venture of Great Possibilities

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Naked Reality of Tight Times Shuts Art Gallery; Economic Conditions Thwart Venture of Great Possibilities

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Byline: KIERAN BANKS kieran.banks@qt.com.au

SEVEN months after converting the former Congregational Church in Ipswich into the Naked Arts gallery the fledgling business has closed its doors.

Owners Tom and Lyn Mason closed the gallery last week, having decided two months ago that the venture was unsustainable.

The leading contributing factor to the closure was poor sales, which the couple said was due to Queensland's ongoing economic uncertainty.

Naked Arts opened in November as a welcome addition to Ipswich and its growing reputation as an arts hub.

The picture has changed somewhat since then, with art spot and cafe Tirra Lirra and the longstanding Dingley Dell also closing in recent months.

Mr Mason said although attendances at the gallery were high, people weren't reaching into their pockets to buy pieces of art.

C[pounds sterling]We were getting heaps of people coming through. We were really pleased with that and the comments from everyone were that this is great; this is what Ipswich really needs. …

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