Art versus sport at 20 paces: first shots fired in great debate

DUEL: Ros Kemp and Toby Tancred will go head-to-head in a debate about the importance or art and sport. Photo: TRACEY PRISK                                                0624tpdebate7/14

DUEL: Ros Kemp and Toby Tancred will go head-to-head in a debate about the importance or art and sport. Photo: TRACEY PRISK 0624tpdebate7/14

THE rugger buggers will tackle the arty-farties in debate to determine if sport is more important to Australia than the arts.

The debate will be held at the Emus clubhouse over lunch on Sunday, and   Toby Tancred’s pro sport team will face off against a pro arts team led by Ros Kemp.

The event is designed to raise funds for the Friends of Orange Regional Gallery (FORG), and according to committee member Gregson Edwards it’s hoped it will also help drive membership.

“We’re always out to raise funds and it follows that we’ll find a fun way to do it,” Mr Edwards said.

“We’re also reaching out to other members of the community to see if they want to join FORG.

“We’re expecting a very lively no-holes-barred debate.”

Mr Edwards said not only will Orange City Council tourism manager Glenn Mickle moderate the debate, he’ll also help select the winner of the best heckle award.

Mr Tancred said he’s confident his team, which includes Emus first grade captain Andrew Logan, will come out on top.

“Sport is obviously more important to Australia than art,” Mr Tancred said.

Ms Kemp said she expects the debate to divide the audience, in the same way as sport divides people, but is confident her team, including Sonia Muir and Andrew Frost, will win.

“Art is a means of asking questions of one’s self and the world,” she said.

Tickets are $40 a head and can be booked online at www.org.nsw.gov.au/friends.html

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