Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a National Press Club symposium. I’d never been to one of these before, and it was truly awesome. Packed to the rafters, a lot of media, a lot of politicians, many great curators and gallerists including directors of many major public institutions from numerous states. I took Samson and Griffin along – it was a sit down lunch, televised live, the boys behaved perfectly! Simon Mordant, Commissioner of this year’s Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, was very impressive. Clearly a great statesman, Simon did a great job of pulling together the massive amount of work we've doing in the lead up to Venice. He also had the task of overseeing the vernissage of the new Australian Pavilion designed by Denton Corker Marshall, the coordination of the Biennale opening, the seven Australian artists who will be in the main show, the 35 or more other artists who will be in other recognised shows in Venice at that time. In a sense, Simon personifies the importance of private philanthropy for a rich and creative culture – he really brought home, in a major way the message about the importance of the arts in any country. Great stuff. After the lunch, his Commissioner's Council held a private tour of James Turrell show, which is truly fantastic – and it awesome to see it through the innocence of our kids’ eyes, too. We stayed at Hotel Hotel again. It's so cool, but it’s a shame it's in Canberra! We need one in Sydney, tout de suite!