February 2013 – Auckland New Zealand
We took a small group to attend the ISC Sculpture Symposium in Auckland, NZ with many inspiring excursions including the world class Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park and a day tour to Waiheke Island to experience the beauty of Connell’s Bay Sculpture Garden. The vision of the local Gow Family, who has commissioned young artists to contribute works for over 15 years, impressed all who went to Connell’s Bay. There were many other visits to ‘Sculpture by the Bay,’ a Biennial invitational exhibition set along the cliff tops of Waiheke Island, and Zealandia Sculpture Park, the pastoral home of New Zealand sculptor, Terry Stringer.
May 2013 – Hong Kong
July 2013 - Hobart Tasmania
We ran our first VIP Art Tour to the sensational MONA, David Walsh’s visionary Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania. Our VIP experience gave us a private introductory tour to the newly renovated TMAG (Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery) including their new Contemporary Exhibition space in the cleverly restored Bond Store, as well as an impressive reinterpretation of their substantial historical collection of Early Colonial Art.
On this Avec Pleasure tour, we stayed at the friendly and conveniently located Somerset on the Pier, situated on Hobart’s tranquil harbor only a few steps away from the morning ferry to MONA. We began the Saturday with another private introduction from the Museum Manager on MONA’s history and distinctive management practices. Kitted out with headphones and ‘O’ devices for recorded commentaries on the works and artefacts on display, we were free to explore MONA’s collection before eventually meeting for a delicious gourmet - 3 course Degustation lunch at MONA’s award winning restaurant, The Source.
The boat trip back to Hobart allowed us all to share our impressions of this extraordinary world-class art venue. Many had such a fabulous experience that they used our Free Day to take themselves back for another hit of MONA’s magic.
This tour was so much fun … Avec Pleasure has decided to run two more VIP Tours to MONA, the first in January (10-13th) and another in February (21-24th) 2014
September 2013 - Art International Istanbul Biennial
-- Visit to Venice Biennale
Avec Pleasure is very excited to be taking our first Tour to AII ART INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL - Contemporary Art Fair. This newest Art Fair, AII is being launched this September, bringing together leading International and local private galleries.
AII - Contemporary Art Fair, offers art enthusiasts open access to unique new works by leading International artists from Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and beyond. There will be a three-day video screening program, many installation venues throughout Istanbul, diverse performances of sound installations by artists Gul Kozacioglu & Tal Issac Hadad and many others.
As our home base in Istanbul, we have selected a modern hotel close to the Biennale venue for our visit to AII - Biennale, in the stylish area of Beyoglu. The Gradiva hotel is complete with a rooftop restaurant and panoramic views of the historic peninsula and Bosphorus River.
September (6 - 12) 2013 Venice Biennale visit
For those who are keen, we will be visiting the Venice Biennale before the Istanbul Fair. Although this is a research tour for our 2015, Avec Pleasure Tour to the Venice Biennale, it is possible for a few to come with us at this time, but you will have to decide about that promptly as reasonable accommodation is selling out quickly for the week of our visit (Sept 6th -12th) and because of the cut off dates for reasonable airfares. If you are interested please ring me a.s.a.p. on 0417 388 691 so we can discuss the options available for you to come with us!
Hope this finds you all well …
Watch this space for further developments!