Art & Antiques

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 A group of friends or like-minded individuals focus on a particular art form to learn, experience and celebrate their passion. The Southwest of France offers its bilingual local experts, rich architecture, generous nature and privileged lifestyle. 

Imagine:

  • You stay at the 17th century château of two BBC Antiques Roadshow specialists, also former directors of the Rosebery’s London auction house. The couple hosts 5-day long antiques holidays in their country home for informed and less informed novices together with some of the U.K.’s most esteemed antiques and collectables experts. Expect informal lectures, talks, lively discussions and excursions to places of historic interest, including museums, Romanesque abbeys and privately owned Châteaux.
  • Alternatively if you are an accomplished or amateur artist, join the painting and drawing workshop taught by Ron Bowen, formerly Head of Undergraduate Painting at the Slade School and Studio Head at Chelsea College of Art. The workshop takes place in the château’s large studio or on the grounds, and during field trips to picturesque sites and châteaux.
  • In either cases, picture an all-inclusive country-house party with interesting company, a wealth of knowledge and experience, delicious food and wine, lively discussions and trips to local beauty spots and other châteaux.
  • Proceed an hour south and settle in for a few days in the trendy Basque coast.
  • Check out the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and its Fine Art Museum, Contemporary Art Artium Museum of Alava, Musée Bonnat in Bayonne, Edouardo Chillida sculptures in his San Sebastian garden. Visits to Basque historical homes and the Basque Museum are also rich in learning opportunities.
  • Maybe Art Nouveau does it for you? Biarritz has lots of secrets your local guide will reveal.
  • How about a one-day ceramic workshop with earthenware and glass on a farm in the Pyrénées foothills?
  • Wander around the streets of Bayonne, Biarritz & St Jean and explore its antique shops and art galleries.
  • Many options of accommodations and activities can be arranged to cater to the diverse interests of everyone in the group. Read What to do , Where to stay, and other Special Interests to incorporate what works for your group
  • Live slow, learn slow, eat slow, experience slow, live well

Note to artists, art instructors, antiques and art gallery owners, art museum directors, interior designers:
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