I have the impression that you are an art historian who appreciates illustration. If you would be interested in a week in France, Borgogne to be exact, I'm organising a retreat for a bunch of Irish and English illustrators and the cost is shared. We are staying in a renovated, top class chateau and the dates are between the 5th and the 12th of September. The owners are art collectors so the rates for the week are very reasonable.
Would you be interested in coming along?
I'd like them to have contact with someone who isn't working in the illustration industry but who sees illustration as contemporary art.
Tom J. Byrne