26 - 29 Apr 2018

Celebrate Art!

  • Kauri Cliffs

After the inaugural sell-out event, Celebrate Art! returns for the ultimate art weekend in 2018.

Celebrate Art will give guests an exclusive tour of the privately-owned and rarely-accessible Gibbs Farm sculpture park, stockroom tours of leading Auckland galleries Gow Langsford and Two Rooms, and the opportunity to listen and learn from two of the southern hemisphere art world’s foremost scholars.  

The chance to view the Gibbs Farm sculptures, set against the stunning backdrop of the Kaipara Harbour is a highly sought-after experience and one that a privileged few can enjoy. Combine this with three days of indulging in food, Greystone wines, spa and golf in the idyllic surrounds of The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, and you have a weekend never to be forgotten. 

Guest speakers Sue Gardiner and  Mary Kisler are engaging and learned, so attendees can expect to be brought up to the minute by their takes on what’s important, what’s happening now and what they need to know in today’s fast moving art world. 

Mary Kisler, Senior Curator of International Art at the Auckland Art Gallery, will share her thoughts on New Zealand art within an international context. Mary earned a Master’s Degree in Art History and Italian at University of Auckland and also is Senior Curator of the Mackelvie Collection. A curator at the Auckland Art Gallery since 1998, Mary has her finger firmly on the pulse of the global art scene, from Europe to Australia/New Zealand and beyond.

Sue Gardiner is the Co-Director of the Chartwell Collection, a public collection of contemporary art on long term loan to Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, with a focus on exploring the visual creative thinking of artists from this region. Sue will explore Chartwell’s belief in the notion that art changes people and people change the world.

The Saturday night dinner will be another special highlight- a five course tasting menu by Kauri Cliffs and Relais & Chateaux Executive Chef Barry Frith, with matched wines by North Canterbury, NZ ’s Greystone Wines. 

Planted by the Thomas family in 2004, Greystone’s 40-hectare organic vineyard is perched on the unique limestone hills of the Waipara Valley, North Canturbury. While Pinot Noir makes up over half of their vineyard, Greystone also grows and makes exceptional Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Savignon Blanc and Syrah. In 2016, Greystone was named Vineyard of the Year in the New Zealand Organic Wine Awards (NZOWA), while Greystone’s winemaker Dom Maxwell was recently named Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s 2018 NZ Winemaker of the Year.
From Gibbs Farm and the Auckland commercial gallery scene, to inspiring speakers, great food, Greystone Wines, and leisure fun at Kauri Cliffs – this is truly a weekend that is not to be missed. 

The inaugural Kauri Cliffs Celebrate Art weekend sold out quickly, so don’t delay if you are interested in being part of it in 2018.

April 26, 2018
The weekend begins in Auckland with private visits to two of Auckland’s premier commercial galleries, Gow Langsford Gallery and Two Rooms. At both galleries the owner/directors will welcome our private group to their current exhibitions and take you on a “behind the scenes” stockroom tour for an exclusive look at their foremost artists’ works.
April 27, 2018
Depart after breakfast to arrive at the renowned Gibbs Farm by mid-morning. This privately owned sculpture park is only rarely open to the public, so with the generosity of the owner this is a truly special opportunity to spend the day among some of the best examples of works by Anish Kapoor, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Serra, Daniel Buren, Chris Booth and more. Curator Jane Sutherland will lead this tour. The scope, ambition and artistic quality of Gibbs Farm rivals major collections and sculpture parks around the world. Guests will enjoy a picnic lunch at the farm.
April 28, 2018
The weekend events continue at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs with inspired talks by impressive art world scholars. Sue and Mary are engaging speakers, so expect to be enthralled by their takes on what’s important, what’s happening now and what you need to know in today’s fast moving art world. Saturday evening's dinner will include a gourmet tasting menu by Executive Chef Barry Frirth with matched wines, from Greystone wines.
April 29, 2018
At your leisure. Check out at 11am
  • One nights’ accommodation at Sofitel Auckland in a Superior Room, including breakfast
  • Behind the scenes tour of leading Auckland art galleries Gow Langsford and Two Rooms 
  • Presentations from special guests Rhana Devenport and Sue Gardiner 
  • Private tour of Gibbs Farm with picnic lunch
  • Coach transport Auckland-Gibbs Farm- Kauri Cliffs. (Helicopter transfer upgrade option from Gibbs Farm available on request)
  • Two nights’ suite accommodation at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, including pre-dinner drinks and canapes, daily full breakfast and complimentary non-alcoholic minibar 
  • Gourmet dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, including wine pairing on Saturday night
  • Guests choice of a day of unlimited green fees OR a 50-minute spa treatment per person, per stay. 



NZ $3100.00 + GST

per person, based on double occupancy 

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