THEY plan to be back.
That is the good news Swich Contemporary Art Space gallery director LeAnne Vincent had for the Ipswich arts community despite the recent closure of the beloved art space.
Ms Vincent and partner Gilbert Burgh, the Swich Gallery's project director, both have major projects ahead in 2013, which will mean they finish the year in New York.
Ms Vincent has been invited to participate in the Launceston City Council artist-in-residence program in February.
She will undertake a photographic art project based on the spectacular Cataract Gorge. That work will feature in a solo exhibition.
Her commercial photography business and art exhibitions in Sydney and Brisbane with the Cache Collective will also keep her busy.
Mr Burgh, a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Queensland, will be researching education and philosophy in New York.
The lease on the building housing the Swich Gallery was initially just for 14 months, but local artists looking to exhibit kept lining up and the lease was extended.
"Being able to extend it for that extra year, I think that has helped the arts community a lot here," Ms Vincent said.
"Just recently we have got a lot emails and phone calls from people telling us that we have helped their careers.
"We hope to do this again, possibly in 2014 we will be looking for another space."
The pair will still maintain their base in Ipswich.