Travelling? Savour your time, don’t network, says gallerist

After a whirlwind trip to Basel and Venice, MARS Director Andy Dinan offers her advice on how to make the most out of travelling.

The pandemic has changed how we travel, but it has also changed our expectations of and attitudes towards an overseas trip.

In the before times, travel might’ve been a marathon, following the dots from point A to point B, but now immersing oneself in a city and experiencing the outside world takes prominence as we relish the unfamiliar sensation of visiting another country.

Andy Dinan, arts consultant and Director of Australia’s MARS Gallery, adopted this approach on her recent trip to Photo Basel where she exhibited artist Atong Atem. The same trip also saw her visiting Art Basel and the Venice Biennale.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.