Cruising sponsorship: taking art collecting onboard, literally

Commissioned artworks are the centrepiece of luxury cruising, linking with on shore arts sponsorship. Image ArtsHub.
Sculpture on cruise ship.

Largely cruising in Europe, Regent Seven Seas Explorer recently made its maiden voyage to Sydney. For many, it was just another cruise ship as a fixture on the Sydney Harbour. But with a $7 million art collection onboard, it is hardly your everyday ship.

Described as the most luxurious ship in the world, Explorer makes an interesting bridge between onboard and onshore activities, taking an ‘out of the box’ approach to cultural tourism and sponsorship initiatives.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina