Friday, March 7, 2014

February, March Newsletter

We hope all our friends and followers have had an enjoyable, productive holiday break, and have settled back into your work patterns for 2014.

All of us at Avec Pleasure have been busy working on our new Art Tours for 2014/15 and rethinking some of our client services in order to expand and improve the client services we offer.

In addition to running our Jan & Feb MONA Tours, because so many of our loyal Avec Pleasure clients keep asking for an Art Tour to explore the vibrant Art scene of New York City; we are excited to announce that we will be taking our first Avec Pleasure tour in May, 2014. This exciting tour has been planned to coincide with FRIEZE, NYC; the Contemporary Art Fair that has been winning awards & hearts

All those who decide to come with on this NYC - art adventure in May, will also gain access to a day’s excursion out of the city to the world class STORM KING Sculpture Garden.
For costs, availability and tour details contact us asap. to book your place on this limited tour today, visit - or message us at      
Call 1300 618 336, or 0417 388 691.

NYC Tour Departs Melbourne MAY 7th 2014  
PRICE $6,200.00 USD (AIRFARES NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COSTS).  For a week's escorted tour, add-on travel components are available at an extra cost.                                                                                                                    
[This price includes: land costs, accommodation, VIP Passes to Frieze, escorted day tour STORM KING Art (Sculpture) Garden - with Avec Pleasure Director Ms. Anne McGravie-Wright]

2014, is the third year this impressive contemporary art fair is held in NYC.

Frieze New York will return to Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan from May 9 to 12, 2014. The third edition of the New York fair will feature over 190 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, with 53 participants from the fair’s host city.

Frieze Talks - is a daily program of keynote lectures, panel debates - discussions.
Access to Frieze Talks is included in the Frieze New York admission ticket. Seats for talks can be individually booked from 11am on the day outside the auditorium within the fair; ticket-holders are requested to arrive at the auditorium 15 minutes before the talk starts in order to guarantee a place.

Your VIP Pass will allow you access to many exclusive openings, studio visits and priority bookings to lectures and panel discussions focused on cutting edge contemporary art dialogue & practice.

Our ultra convenient, 4 star classic NYC accommodation HELMSLEY PARK LANE  HOTEL spacious rooms with the best views of Central Park in all of Manhattan at an affordable cost which can be modified for twin share at a slight extra cost.

Note: Cut-off dates will apply - and all clients on tour must commit to same venue.

DAY TOUR TO STORM KING (included in your Avec Pleasure tour cost)

Storm King Art Center’s distinguished collection comprises more than 100 sculptures by some of the most acclaimed artists of our era. Works at Storm King encompass the years from post-World War II to the present and include gifts, acquisitions, specially commissioned site-specific works, and loans. While the focus of the collection has been on large-scale abstract sculpture, much of it in steel, it also includes figurative work and sculpture in stone, earth, and other materials.

This is the ‘Art Experience’ of a lifetime … this sculpture garden inspired Alan Gibbs to create his World Class GIBBS FARM Sculpture Garden, outside of Auckland NZ.

Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the site-specific setting of more than 100 sculptures by our most acclaimed artists of our time.
On our NYC Art Tour in May 2014, there will be free time to explore NYC solo  as well as ‘Fast Tracked’ visits to MOMA, the MET, GUGGENHEIM Museum, and several leading NYC Private Art Galleries that have exhibitions of interest to view.
At Avec Pleasure, we are always happy to have a chat about what we can do to personalize your Avec Pleasure Art experience, our aim is to assist you to become inspired about contemporary art, reconnect with the artist within, and find your  own path when building your personal art collection.

For costs, availability and tour details contact us as soon as possible to book your place on this limited tour today, there are a few places remaining   or   visit
message us at          
Call us on 1300 618 336   or   0417 388 691.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Look Back, A Look Forward

Sending all my Avec Pleasure friends and followers a very warm hello. Thought it was time to send you all a brief overview of all the memorable Art Tours we have run this year.  We also want to share with you what we have scheduled for 2014. As you will quickly see, we have been very busy planning lots of exciting Art Experience Tours for you!  For more details or to book your tour today, visit Call 1300 618 336, or 0417 388 691.

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

We ran our fourth Art Tour to Hong Kong to visit the renamed Hong Kong Basel Fair, run this year by the Swiss Basel Art Group. We enjoyed the impressive presentation of contemporary international art in all its shapes and formats, with a whole section devoted to emerging and artist run galleries. Lectures and panel discussions on many art collecting topics are included in our VIP Pass in addition to many more tours to HK artist studios than you can possibly see in one visit. Every evening offers a choice of openings to sample Hong Kong’s vibrant private art gallery scene. We dine out at some of the island’s most interesting restaurants, to enjoy the best of HK’s European and Eastern cuisines. We also offer a day of serious shopping, only a first class train ride away to nearby Shenzen in China. 

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 …

Because so many of our loyal clients keep asking for an Avec Pleasure Art Tour to explore the vibrant Art scene of New York City, we are excited to announce that we will be taking our first AP tour there in May 2014, to coincide with the Contemporary Art Fair FRIEZE NYC with an added day's excursion to STORM KING Sculpture Garden.

Watch this space for further developments! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hong Kong Art Tour 2013

with Anne McGravie-Wright May 22nd--27th 2013

Join us for VIP entry into the Art Basel Hong Kong Art Fair.
Escorted travel with a personal focus for the Art Collector and Art Enthusiast.
Enjoy personal service, liaison for sourcing and shopping, dining bookings and escorted visits to HK Artists studios.
You’ll receive professional advice and assistance on the acquisition of art as an investment. With years of experience as an Art Conservator, Anne can also provide help with conservation issues such as packing and safe shipping home. This is Avec Pleasure’s 5th Tour to the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Fair, now called ART BASEL Hong Kong
This year, Avec Pleasure’s clients will be staying at the elegantly designed interior of the classical ‘East meets West’ LANGHAM HOTEL.

For information:  contact  staff at Avec Pleasure     0417 388 691        1.300  618 336


Hong Kong has been home to the stimulating Contemporary Art Fair previously know as ARTHK12 etc. now run my the BASEL Art Group.

This Art Fair has provided an opportunity for exciting cross-fertilisation of emerging artists from both cultures alongside Modern Masters from ASIA and the WEST.
“The premier edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong will trace 12 decades of Art History across its four sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters.”
In one Art Fair Basel will be aiming to profile an overview of contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works from the 20th to the 21st century, more than 2000 artists working across Asia to West.
ART BASEL also hosts a series of conversations and talks on a range of  subjects including the collection and exhibition of art. These talks include Artists, Gallerists, Curators, Publishers and Collectors, all of whom actively participate in panel discussions, book signings and interviews.

For information:  contact  staff at Avec Pleasure     0417 388 691       1.300  618 336

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

JOIN US on the AVEC PLEASURE Tour to the exciting ART BASEL / Hong Kong 2013 May 22nd - May 27th

It's official…this year's AVEC PLEASURE art enthusiasts are heading off to Hong Kong for another action-packed 5 day tour focused primarily on experiencing the new ART Basel Contemporary ART FAIR Set in seductive Hong Kong the fair will tick all the boxes come this May. 

Whether you are in need of an inspirational ‘Art Break’ to assist you re-discover the artist within, or a collector interested in learning more from a first hand experience, or maybe an artist who wants to learn more about the contemporary Hong Kong Art Scene of East meets West. If any of this sounds like you, then you must consider coming with us on our upcoming escorted Avec Pleasure Art Tour…

Feel free to contact me, Anne McGravie-Wright, for more information or to express interest: or (0417) 388 691.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Exclusive Art Tour visit to Auckland New Zealand

Our NZ tour will coincide with The 2013 International Sculpture Symposium in Auckland, Feb. 2013.

The escorted, Avec Pleasure Art Tour, is planned to run Feb. 10th to 16th  or phone (0417) 388 691

Behind the Scenes’ tour of The Auckland Art Gallery
* Escorted Tour of Gipp’s Sculpture Farm
* Escorted Tour of Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

Inclusion in Sculpture Symposium talks with access to keynote addresses world-renown Sculptors. Visit for more information about this exciting event join our mailing list by adding your email address care of to express an interest in any of our tours.

The Pullman Hotel / Auckland is the official ISC symposium hotel. 
It is a five star hotel is located on the edge of the central business district, 600 yards from the Auckland Art Gallery where the symposium will be based. If booked early a discounted rate is available through registration at the ISC symposium. There are many other nearby hotels should you wish alternative accommodation, we can assist with this as well.

This AVEC PLEASURE tour to NZ has many options for further exploration of the many outstanding Sculpture Gardens which are located in nearby areas surrounding the city of Auckland.


The impressive 1,000-acre sculpture park which is located on New Zealand's North Island, 50 km north of Auckland in the Kaipara District.
Among the museum standard art works installed on Gibbs  Farm are many monumental pieces by leading contemporary artists such as: Daniel Buren, Neil Dawson, Andy Goldsworthy, Anish Kapoor, George Rickey, Richard Serra, Bernar Venet.and many others. You can view the sculptures in situ while walking the grounds of this extraordinary world class sculpture garden.

Terry Stringer is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary sculptors. The Zealandia garden presents a survey of his works together with sculptural pieces by colleagues. The Garden is divided into themed areas: Sculpture in the Open, The Enclosed Garden, The Step Walkway in the Trees, The Gate Gallery and a Gallery Exhibition which changes each season.

Embark on a compelling outdoor gallery experience, where an ever-changing exhibition of around 45 sculptures by leading New Zealand artists are sensitively sited along the 2km trail. Experience sculpture framed by towering native trees and majestic palms, abundant birdlife and green pastures, overlooking the celebrated Brick Bay Vineyard. All sculptures are for sale and change regularly as works are sold.


Friday, November 16, 2012

AVEC PLEASURE is putting the finishing touches to our new Sculpture Tour to Auckland, New Zealand, February 2013.

In 2013, we will be joining forces with the International Sculpture Center, ISC, which will be running their Sculpture Symposium while we are planning to be in Auckland, New Zealand.

Avec Pleasure tour participants can choose what level of involvement they wish to have with the Symposium program. They are offering Keynote addresses by Internationally acclaimed Sculptors, symposium panels and access to the Auckland Art Gallery, learning more about the impressive collections they hold and touring their new contemporary extension. This Avec Pleasure tour is designed to inspire the novice and further inform the avid Art Collector in the area of Contemporary Sculpture practice.

TOUR DATES:  February 9th to Feb 15th 2013

CONTACT:  Anne McGravie-Wright

COST:  When you contact us with an expression of interest to attend further details of the costs can be discussed. Tour Costs are dependent on your specific travel  requests  i.e. which class of air travel and type of Hotel room you prefer.

Exclusive add-on tours are being arranged to allow delegates a visit to the extraordinary Gibbs Farm exhibition,  Zealandia Sculpture Garden, and Waiheke Island to view NZ premier Contemporary outdoor Sculpture exhibition held during this time.

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