A gallery owner's artistic adventures

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Audrey owns and runs Yeo Workshop, a gallery and projects space in Gillman Barracks, a former military barracks that has been converted to a cluster of art galleries. This dynamic art lover is also pushing arts to all in Singapore with her series of talks and workshops, called the Arnoldii Arts Club.

What kind of traveler are you?

I am a contradiction: I am anxious about airport travel and transportation. But I'm pretty laid back about what i do at the vacation as long as it involves one day of art hopping (my interest)

What is your favourite type of holiday?

My favourite is a beach holiday.

I always love Bali. And I like Lebanon also, its a very small country you can do beach and ski on the same day (ok, same week maybe).

You lived in London for a few years - what do you love to do there?

I like to go gallery hopping! Spend an afternoon in Fitzrovia to hit 5 to 6 galleries at once. I really like galleries for contemporary artwork such as Parasol Unit. The Whitechapel gallery is always lovely, and the Serpentine is inspiring.

What about art museums in London?

I like museums for a bit more of the Traditional/Modern stuff. The must-visits for me are the Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, British museum.

Which city do you think is hot at the moment for artists and gallerists?

New York is always hot. If we are talking just about our backyard here, Singapore seems to be the hot place in Southeast Asia, but honestly it is Jogyakarta that is quite interesting.
There are some others that I think are hot that no one really cares about - it really comes down to the kind of art you like.

For art lovers out there, what would you say are the top 3 things you'd recommend for them to see?

This also depends on the art that you like - contemporary, modern, traditional, architectural art.

I would say that following the artfairs is a good way to do art tourism, as that is a time that a lot of the galleries do good shows too. In Asia, ArtStage Singapore is a good place to start your art tourism - you dont even have to go anywhere too far to experience lots of great Southeast Asian Art.

Art Jogyakarta will feature next year with a lot of multimedia installations. Art Philipines in Manila is in February. And Art Basel in Hong Kong is very glamorous.

Which are art fairs worth traveling for?

The small obscure ones, most "famous" artworks get circulated and you'll see those brand names at the big city art fairs anyway. So find the small ones that no one has been to and it'll be your eyes only!

What is your art fair strategy to make the best use of your time?

My fair strategy is to have a guide show you around. Whether its the VIP concierge tour, or another local arts club or arts group that usually organizes tours around the place.

Travel through art. An installation at Yeo Workshop where viewers can observe Mount Merapi at a campsite Pictured above: Travel through art. An installation at Yeo Workshop where viewers can observe Mount Merapi at a campsite

Which artist's home would you love to rent for a vacation?

Palazzo Chupi, Julian Schnabel's home in New York, most definitely!

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What's the last place you traveled to, and what did you do there?

Ho Chi Minh City. We ate at some very obscure but excellent restaurants with my foodie partner.

For a really good crispy Banh Xeo (Vietnamese style crepe), Quan Banh Xeo 46A (46A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City) hits the spot.

We also had awesome Pho at Pho Hua Pasteur (260C Pasteur, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City) and their spring rolls were excellent too.

If you are after something a little more upmarket, Hoa Tuc is highly recommended but you will need to book.

Banh Xeo in Ho Chi Minh City

Pho Hoa Pasteur

Pictured above: Quan Banh Xeo 46A, Pho Hoa Pasteur (photo credit: mafengwo)


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