A Journey to the Land Down Under

You are invited to join the Nelson-Atkins Museum on an exclusive trip to discover the art and culture of Australia and the island state of Tasmania. Ten full days of immersive art experiences and special visits, combined with cultural and culinary adventures, will acquaint you with the best of Australia's eastern and southern coasts. Our experience will provide a multi-faceted response to a simple question: what is Australian art? We will investigate this through a rich arts program oriented around three themes: Aboriginal Art, Past and Present; Histories of Collecting and Major Museums; and Contemporary Art and the Market. 

This trip will begin in Melbourne on August 28th, 2024 and will conclude in Sydney on September 6th. We will visit the only ArtNEWS 200 private collection in Australia, artist studios, and be received by directors and curators of extraordinary museums and major galleries. From Melbourne we will take a day trip to Bendigo to explore the region's aboriginal art. Our final days will be spent exploring Sydney's annual art fair, Sydney Contemporary, where we will enjoy a VIP preview of the fair, a cocktail reception for international guests, and a carefully curated itinerary of the most anticipated booths. 

Nelson-Atkins Director Julian Zugazagoitia will lead this experience, enlivening the artistic and cultural landscape of this one-of-a-kind destination. This trip was planned in conjunction with and will be accompanied by Artful Jaunts staff, who will ensure a smooth experience throughout.

We also invite you to an additional pre-trip experience at the Jackalope Hotel, where you can spend a few days recovering from jet-lag. The Jackalope is home to a world-class art collection, set in the tranquil landscape of the Mornington Peninsula, an hour from the Melbourne airport.

Our Down Under with The Nelson patron experience is priced at $14,350 per person in a double room sharing and $15,805 for a single traveler which includes all transportation, lodging, events, and specific meals during your trip. Two single travelers are welcome to share a room. This trip is limited to 16 guests and your booking is requested as soon as possible, but no later than January 31st, 2024. Reservations will be processed on a first come, first served basis. A minimum of 12 guests is required to operate this trip. All programming may change and is subject to availability of hosts, collectors and artists.

No refund will be provided for cancellations within sixty days of the trip's start date. If the museum has another patron to fill a spot a substitution will be allowed. After the trip has commenced, no refunds are available, even if the client does not partake in all of the trip's activities or leaves the trip early. We highly recommend trip insurance which is offered when booking. If you have any questions about this program please contact Latasha Thomas, Customer Experience Manager at Artful at latasha@artfuljaunts.com and 781-658-2270

  • A perforance by the Aboriginal dance troupe, Bangerra
  • Full day visit at MONA, the "Museum of the Old and New", one of Tasmania's foremost cultural institutions
  • Curated visits to all of the essential fairs
  • Opportunities to hear from influential gallery directors
  • Visits to the homes of significant [location] collectors
  • Visit to a local [location] artist studio 
  • Stay at xyz hotel in [location] 
  • Explore both fun outdoor and fine dining

Maman 1999 by Louise Bourgeois

  • Leadership by [xyz] museum executive director XYZ Curator of XYZ 
  • Exclusive visits to the homes of major collectors 
  • Curated visits to XYZ
  • Luxury accommodations at [hotel name], a X-star hotel in [location]
  • Fine dining and cocktails at exciting, art-connected [location] dining destinations
  • Lunches, cocktails, and dinners with art world leaders, such as auction house specialists, curators, and artists, among others
  • An expert Artful Advisory team to help guide any interest you may have in purchasing works [only for Artful trips]
  • The Artful digital dossier, supplementing your trip, with information about all artists, venues, and individuals visited as well as expert tools and recommendations for further research, travel and collecting

7m Jackalope Sculpture by Emily Floyd

  • Accommodations Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night at The Langham; Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at The Tasman Hotel; Monday - Friday morning at the Park Hyatt Sydney. Optional pre-trip stay at the Jackalope Hotel.
  • VIP tickets and access to [add venues]
  • Entry to all studios, museums, and fairs, featuring an exclusive behind-the-scenes selection of  [venue]
  • All meals and cocktail programs from [day of week] lunch through [day of week] lunch, featuring dining inspired by local flavors and specialities.
  • All travel to studios, museums and exhibits from hotel. 
  • All fees and gratuities, including baggage porter services.
  • Breakfast is not included in the program.
  • Please note, flights, airport transfers and hotel parking is not provided with our programming.

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