Yogyakarta (Indonesia) Tours
1 to 31 May 2017
Jogyakarta is known and loved for its Borobudur Temple and cave diving activities, but what is truly interesting and underground about Jogyakarta is its art scene and the community that its artists have built around their studios and the galleries there. Some believe that this is because the Sultan is benevolent, and values culture as a major pillar of the city. Others say it's the proximity to the Merapi Volcano and therefore the spiritual gravitas nature lends as inspiration to artists, and yet others say it's because Jogyakarta is the heart of Indonesia, and the place where politics, nature and culture all intersect and dialogue. The art scene there thrives due to its vibrant community of artists.
Jogyakarta rises early. Sunrise is when the paddy fields come alive with work, roosters crow and the market vendors start setting up on the street.
A suggested intinerary is to start the day off with Printmaking workshops at Grafis Minggiran. We learned to make lithography prints the old fashioned way at this print studio with the seven master printmakers. We then visit several notable and contemporary artist studios to learn about their works, inspirations, techniques. We visit the galleries who work very much from the grassroots with the community of artist and art lovers :Sangkring Art Space, Ark Galerie and Cemeti Art House, with introduction to the exhibition and its programmes by the Gallery Manager. We visit the Affandi Musuem to peruse the expressive paintings of the renowned Indonesian modern master. etc. The trip is complete with lunch for Javanese specialties, indonesian grown coffees. We have taken some of our more adventurous guests to look for “Satay Klatak”, which means Satay skewered on the bicycle spokes. This is delicious, freshly slaughtered meat that is immediately barbequed above coal. We hang out with some artist collectives. And we must not forget a few photo opportunities at special spots along the way.
Venice Biennale Excursion
1 to 31 July 2017
An exclusive tour programme of Venice Biennale that will allow participants special insider’s access to the world’s most important international art event. The itinerary will include private views of exhibitions, curator-led tours and an exciting schedule of networking opportunities and entertainment.
Previous itineraries have included welcome cocktails "Aperitivo" at a local bar, exploration of the Venice Biennale Giardini, The Arsenale, Visit to the Museum of Eveything, The Palazzo Grassi, Academia & Peggy Guggenheim museum. These are followed by local artists studio visits. Lunch and dinners with curators and artists who frequent the various pavilions are arranged at local favourite and hidden restaurants outside the regular tourists paths are selected specially by gastronomy snobs and arranged for our participants. Hotel & accomdations across varying high end venetian historic hotels or comfortable cosy and local accomodations to experience local Venice are arranged.
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Singapore Gillman Barracks Art District
1 to 31 August 2017
This tour will allow you unique access and behind the scenes insight with the curators and artists of the Singapore Gillman Barracks Art District.This tour will take visitors on a walking tour of the galleries and exhibitions at Gillman Barracks, inside the galleries. Visitors can expect to hear stories, anecdotes, "how-to" curate a gallery exhibition, and other interesting insights on the challenges of being an artist, gallerist, curator in Singapore.
An afternoon tea and picnic will be provided for the conclusion and continued discussions on the art amidst the lush and beautiful settings of Gillman Barracks.
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European Art Fairs: London & Paris
1 to 31 October 2017
An exclusive tour programme of influential European commercial art events, such as the Frieze Art Fair, London, that will take participants on an intimate view of the art fair and the surrounding events during Frieze Week in London. The itinerary will include behind the scenes access to the fair, private views, gallery tours and an exciting schedule of networking opportunities and entertainment.
Previous itineraries include VIP entry also the Pavilion of Art & Design evening preview, dinner at Sketch restaurant or the Dover Street Arts Club. Visit tp the Whitechapel gallery, followed by Victoria Miro & Parasol Unit galleries. Visit to Fitzrovia Square area galleries for opening evenings. Visit to Turner Prize At Tate Galleries. Admire the architectural pavilion at Serpentine Pavilion, weather permitting, champagne picnic arranged on the lawn of Hyde Park. Continue with Frieze Art Fair and Freize Masters. For those who still are not exhausted from art enrichment, underground art parties in Shoreditch and East London are abundant for late night dancing.