Art Tours Update - Winter 2015
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Michael Parekowhai at GOMA

Winter 2015

Welcome to Winter, time to pull up a chair by the fireside and keep toasty and warm. Speaking of warm, we are on a little bit of a winter tour hiatus until November, when we return to the best art resort in the southern hemisphere – MONA. Though I don’t stop thinking, planning and getting out and about. In June I spent an afternoon wandering Christchurch's street art projects. This month I will be in sunny Portland, Oregon for a few days and am looking forward to checking out the city, its museums and galleries, followed by a pre tour reconnoitre to Japan, including a visit to Naoshima Island.
In May Sue Gardner spent a long weekend in Brisbane and Canberra. Both the James Turrell show and Michael Parekowhai exhibition were fantastic. It was great to discover some interesting art in both cities. We visited the Milani Gallery in Brisbane and met Gallerist Josh and artist Ross Manning. In Canberra we spent a day visiting galleries and artist spaces and studios. There were some great connections made in both cities. It was really rewarding to find very interesting people and engaging art outside of Sydney and Melbourne.

We have updated our website - I hope you like its more contemporary look.

Thanks and see you on tour.

Glen Armstrong


States of James Turrell - NGA Canberra, Within Without 2010
Canberra Highlights 
Canberra has some fantastic architectural highlights, including the new Nishi building and its Hotel Hotel. This is one of those stylish, contemporary hotels that oozes warmth and comfort, coffee and cosiness. Across the road is the National Academy of Science, a very cool Modernist dome from the late 1950s. (Image above)

Gallerys and museums include CMAG, the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery which should be on any list of places to visit, as well as the Australian War Memorial. We caught a Ben Quilty show, which was enjoyed by all. Of course you can't go past the National Gallery, and its interesting sculpture park, Brutulist style, and amazingly diverse collection of art, sculpture, collections of historic Aboriginal and Pacific and Asian pieces, with a decent café ($10 for Chicken Parma - yum yum)
Ham Darroch at ANCA Studios. A great exhibition and studios - well worth a visit next time you find yourself in Canberra. Visit
Josh at Milani Gallery with Gareth Sansom, Brisbane. Great coffee next door, and close to Woolloongabba Precinct and GOMA
Melbourne and MONA with Sue Gardiner

It will have been two years since our last trip to MONA, so it is definitely time to go back. Hobart is growing more and more as time goes on, and with a day and night in Melbourne it is always a great long weekend, and the weather is generally warm then too.

26 November to 30 November
New York New York
New York 2016 

There are plans afoot for our bi-annual New York sojourn in 2016. Again it will be later in the year - early October to coincide with the slightly cooler weather and re opening of the dealer galleries after summer. It is likely we will time it to finish not long before Frieze in London in mid October.
 It will have been a long time since we stopped in LA so that might be our mid way point.

Look out for more info on this one soon.

Auckland Art Walks 2015

I am working with Selwyn Community Education program to help them initiate some gallery walks. We started last week with a small crew but caught some great shows including Lisa Rayner (above) at Whitespace, Anne Noble at Two Rooms, Kate Newby at HopkinsonMossman,  Lorraine Rastorfer at Orex and Warmun Community works at Tim Melville.

If you know someone who might be interested in our next walk they can sign up here.

More tours for 2016 / 2017 to look out for soon

Naoshima: Japan

Our Japan programme has been confirmed for May, though with strong demand from word of mouth we have had a full list of names for the last few months.
Al Andalus - Moorish Spain - May 2017

Starting in Madrid, Spain and finishing in Lisbon, Portugal two weeks later this journey through the cities and culture of Andalusia will give you a real feel for the Moorish south. Toledo, Granada, Seville, Cordoba and more. Join Sandra Nolan, our favourite guide for all things Spain.
New Zealand : West - March 2016

Here is my suggestion for our first regional tour. The new Len Lye Centre is scheduled to open in July this year. What an amazing piece of "destination architecture" and well worth a visit. If we were to start there, why not venture south, through the Hawera Settlers Museum with its famous dioramas, catch up on the redevelopment of the Sarjeant Gallery in Wanganui, visit Te Manawa in Palmerston North, enroute to the Dowse, and Aratoi in the Wairarapa finishing at the City Gallery in Wellington.

Above: An afternoon in Christchurch with new street art, more Mike P, and a great Chris Heaphy work wrapping the cathedral area, and an interesting project at the museum.

For all tour enquiries please contact 
Glen Armstrong

or call 09 525 2363
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