The Grand Tour: Cities Shaped by Art, A foggy day in London Town

Mon 15 Jun 2015

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ACCA Main Exhibition Gallery

Got itchy feet? Hankering to visit the world? Then book your seat now! ACCA’s highly acclaimed lecture series will do some major globe trotting in 2015. Expect Venice without the menace (but with all the palazzos and Bellinis), Paris with the sizzle and New York New York with a Martini thrown in. 

It’s art history but not as you know it. ACCA’s intrepid team will explore the best and most interesting galleries, art events, cafés, architecture and visit the writers, philosophers, filmmakers and artists that have shaped the unique culture of each city. Enjoy a complimentary regional drink, created by Sipsmith Independent Spirits & Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery. All in the comfort of the ACCA departure lounge.   

Victorian-era Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, described London as ‘a modern Babylon’; poet Percy Shelly compared it to hell. For Dr Johnson, a man who tired of the city must surely be ‘tired of life’ and Lily Allen sums it up plainly when she sings ‘sun is in the sky oh why oh why would I wanna be anywhere else?’. Like the famous underground system that winds its ad hoc ways beneath the city’s streets, ACCA’s Exhibition Manager, Annika Kristensen, will take us on a meandering journey around London – discovering the artists and architects, pubs and peculiarities that contribute to the city’s enduring appeal.

Your tour guide for London:

Annika Kristensen is ACCA’s Exhibition Manager. Previously the Exhibition and Project Coordinator for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) and the inaugural Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow for the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012), Annika has also held positions at Frieze Art Fair, Artangel, and Film and Video Umbrella, London; and The West Australian Newspaper, Perth. Annika was a participant in the 2013 Gertrude Contemporary and Art & Australia Emerging Writers Program and the recipient of an Asialink Arts Residency in 2014. Following studies in Scotland, Annika spent her early twenties trawling the galleries and pubs of London – a city that has crept irrevocably under her skin. 

Supported by

Hippocampus Sipsmith