Field notes


Notes from Art+Architecture(+) participants
“The inaugural tour of CA+A(+) to Japan was an exhilarating, invigorating and inspiring experience for me. The wonderful museums and art sites of the Setouchi Triennale as well as the serene Noguchi Museum Garden were an eye-opener that can only be fully appreciated in person. I especially appreciated the Teshima Museum, where the art and architecture complement and support each other to create an out-of-this-world transcendence. Supplementing these incredible sights, Kanae and Franci, our fearless leaders, did an expert and insurmountable job dovetailing a seamless array of transportation modes, interesting choices of accommodations and delicious meal selections. Above all, having joined the tour knowing only one of the tour organizers, I felt leaving the trip having established beautiful friendship with all 15 fellow art and architecture enthusiasts from all over the world, whom I admire and now share a treasured bond in Japan.”
Simon Hsu – Architect, Hong Kong

“Having never been to Japan before, the CA+A(+) tour was the perfect way to experience full immersion in both traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture and culture. Witnessing the  insertion of contemporary art installations into traditional residential architecture  offered a way to experience both the extreme attention to detail and humility of the dwellings and the daring and sometimes outrageous nature of the contemporary art. Add to that the instant and intense bonding and comradery we felt for the incredible group of artists, architects and designers who shared the experience with us and you can imagine what a life-changing week it was. To be given a tour of the art collection at the Tadao Ando-designed Benesse House hotel in the evening after hours was a privilege, as was the visit to the Teshima Art museum, which was for me the highlight of the tour.
Thanks you to CA+A(+) for taking such good care of us, and we hope to join you again soon.”

Elizabeth Vallino – Interior Designer, United States


“In October 2016 my life was changed by participating in the inaugural CA+A(+) in Japan. I was invited by my friend Corinne Costello in Hobart, Tasmania. She was one of 15 incredibly talented, diverse and high-spirited people on the tour from around the world. Together we investigated and shared amazing food, scenery, art, architecture, forms of transport, ideas and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The memories and lessons learnt will stay with me forever. The CA+A(+) has already made a major contribution to my exploration of the elements in Japan. Some of my impressions are captured in my blog post ‘Elements on tour’. They are the tip of the iceberg. A big thank-you to the organizers  Francesca and Kanae, and everyone else who joined in, for a wonderful, fun-filled, awesome, inspirational tour.”

Jann Williams – Professor, Tasmania


“The CA+A(+) tour was a dream, Kanae and Francesca took care of everything leaving us free to wallow in beautiful art in stunning locations, eat delicious food and bask in Onsen, without having to worry about any of the boring practical details. And all in the company of a group of likeminded people who instantly became friends…and then at the end we got to discover all the wonderful projects that they are involved in.
It will resonate for a long time.”

Lucy Raverat – Artist, France

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