In a weird moment of cultural synergy, two clothing stores have offered visual artists further opportunities for displaying and developing their work. Menswear brand Calibre recently announced Calibre Art, in which practising artists not represented by commercial galleries can present their work in Calibre shop windows in Sydney and Melbourne. Calibre’s Gary Zecevic announced that the project is all about support and opportunity, including the support of those who buy Calibre clothing and want to learn more about contemporary art. It was also announced this week that the top 60 designs from the Reach Out! and General Pants national art competition will be shown in the window of the George Street General Pants store. Five designs from the winning 60 will be printed on T-shirts sold at General Pants stores. All this is certainly good publicity for these companies, but any sponsorship or support for visual artists -“ young, emerging or otherwise -“ is to be applauded.

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