Artist dab­bles in Mid­dle East ca­reer move

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AF­TER cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful art­works in Port Dou­glas for 13 years, Des Spencer is clos­ing his gallery and mov­ing abroad in search of ad­ven­ture.

The Des Spencer Art gallery’s last day of busi­ness will be Sun­day, May 19, when Des will fin­ish pack­ing up the shop.

The first step in the up­com­ing jour­ney is to open a gallery for a short pe­riod of time on the Es­planade in Cairns.

Des will move to Dubai in the mid­dle of next year to fur­ther his ca­reer.

‘‘The Aus­tralian em­bassy and Aus­tralian busi­ness group in Dubai are both re­ally sup­port­ive,’’ he said.

‘‘It is go­ing to be a big change but I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.’’

Des had his gallery in the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage for 11 years be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Macrossan St two years ago.

‘‘I love Port Dou­glas, I have trav­elled all over but I think Port is still the most beau­ti­ful place,’’ he said.

‘‘But for me it all about evolv­ing as an artist and I feel it is time.

‘‘I love an ad­ven­ture and the plans for the next 10 years or so will pro­vide plenty of that.

‘‘We are think­ing at least three years in Dubai, then maybe three years in both New York and Ber­lin.

‘‘We will prob­a­bly be back af­ter that time and I would re­ally like to open up an artists’ re­treat.’’

Des will be work­ing free­lance over­seas with the op­por­tu­nity for pop-up shows in ho­tels and wants to help Tourism Aus­tralia achieve some great ex­po­sure for the coun­try.

The new web­site will be up and run­ning within a few weeks, where peo­ple can keep tabs on where and what Des is up to with videos be­ing up­dated ev­ery week.

As a farewell gift he is sell­ing all orig­i­nal pieces at half-price.

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