Art and science unite to support medical research

Art and science unite to support medical research

Creativity and science will come together to support medical research in Tasmania with the eighth annual Art of Christmas event being held tonight.

Creativity and science will come together to support medical research in Tasmania with the eighth annual Art of Christmas event being held tonight.

The event will be held at the stunning architecturally designed UTAS Medical Science Precinct, from 6pm-8pm.

Tasmania's established and emerging artists donate works for this charity art event in support of UTAS' Menzies Research Institute Tasmania. This year's event has 34 artists involved, including Nick Glade-Wright, Barbie Kjar, Patrick Grieve, Mish Meijers, Troy Ruffels, Michael Weitnauer and Katy Woodroffe.

The event, which has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2005, raised over $60,000 last year for life saving research.

All funds raised goes directly to research into conditions such as dementia, mental health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, MS, arthritis, osteoporosis and motor neurone disease.

Menzies Director, Professor Tom Marwick says that it is because of the generosity of local artists and the Tasmanian business community that we are able to realise the Art for Christmas vision.

"We offer our sincere thanks to all the artists, sponsors and volunteers who make this event the success that it is," Professor Marwick said.

"And thanks to the generosity of the Honda Foundation this year, we have The People's Choice Award, where people vote for their favourite artwork and one lucky artist will win $5,000 cash."

The Art of Christmas Event 2013
When:
  Thursday 17 October, 6 – 8pm (Tonight)
Where: UTAS Medical Science Precinct, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Master of Ceremonies: Dave Noonan

www.menzies.utas.edu.au/ArtofChristmas2013

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Phone: 03 6226 7751 Mobile: 0409 357 384

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