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Preview: The 2019 Venice Biennale

May 3rd, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

The Biennale is monumental - this year 90 countries from around the world will be exhibiting along with 21 official collateral exhibitions, which are staged by public or not-for-profit galleries. On top of this, private art foundations will be displaying their wares around the city, bringing the total number of...

Yarra Valley to Bendigo – in photos

Apr 3rd, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

Do you remember that ad that Victorian Tourism used to run before every film at independent cinemas? “You’ll love every piece of Victoria” was a marketing campaign that spoke to something observable about Victoria. It is a relatively small state, with diverse landscapes packed in between relatively short driving distances,...

Art for art’s sake – the financial complexities of the Venice Biennale

Oct 23rd, 2018 | Dr Nick Gordon

Controversy broke out last year between the Australia Council and a number of the private patrons of Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale. The Australia Council had introduced significant changes to the selection process. This would see it take a more active role in the selection of artists through an...

Where to go to avoid the crowds in Florence and Rome

May 4th, 2018 | Dr Nick Gordon

Italy is home to nearly 4000 museums and galleries, 240 archaeological areas and 48 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Yet three sites – the Colosseum, the archaeological site of Pompeii and the Uffizi galleries – account for more than 10% of all annual site visits. That’s about 12 million visits per...

On the road from Bendigo to the Yarra Valley

Feb 21st, 2018 | Dr Nick Gordon

What goes into creating an Academy Travel itinerary? Inspiration, perspiration, experimentation and just a dash of serendipity. In 2017 Dr Nick Gordon took a road trip around Victoria to research and plan our upcoming Regional Galleries of Victoria tour. The trip started in Bendigo, travelled around the southern shores of...

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