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Upcoming Tours

Upcoming Saturday Walking Tours
Please note bookings are essential as numbers are limited to small groups

Above image: Meyer Gallery Luke Hardy: Yuki Onna (Woman of the Snow)

Saturday 16 May: East Sydney
Be inspired by the range of talent and diversity of practice in this annual exhibition that showcases a younger generation artists together with their more established peers. See an exhibition or two that are part of this year’s Head On Photography festival, as well as marvel at the work of an artist born in 1915 still making impressive steel sculpture and enjoy some quiet small wonders – drawings that compete on every level with large scale work. (Moderate/considerable walking)

Saturday 23 May: Surry Hills Experience the landscape rendered in the gestural marks of an artist who captures the quality of being in the space rather than observing it from a comfortable distance. Gain great insight into an old favorite as his work is presented in context of alchemy. See edgy new photographic work that asks us to look beyond the masks we wear. Discover connections that exist between the owners and their cars and see another exhibition that explores notions of truth. (Considerable walking)
Saturday 30 May: Chippendale Encounter Pop art with particular contemporary Australian flavor, glimpse a new generation of photo media artists and explore myths of modernism through ceramic and mixed media works. Central Park comes to life with art on show inside and out. This tour takes in a major exhibition curated around the theme of play. Discover some of the dynamic new spaces in this art precinct, as well as those rapidly becoming ‘old favourites’. (Easy/moderate walking)
Saturday 6 June: Waterloo See the work with an optical twist that challenges many of the formal conventions of painting. Meet a crowd pleaser – in the works of one of our favorite artists in who reflects humor and anthropomorphism in a witty reflection of our cultural and social conventions. Feel the sense of place; rendered in the gestural washes of an established artist, who evokes the memory of our experience of the natural world. Contemporary bark painting is also a feature of this tour. (Easy/moderate walking)

Saturday 13 June: Melbourne Private Tour

Saturday 20 June: Paddington Encounter the exciting ceramics from Ernabella Arts with an exhibition offered in conjunction with the 14th Australian Ceramics Triennale in Canberra. Spray paint takes on an eerie quality in these rigorous and haunting paintings. Encounter an installation that links of work belonging to these collectors at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. See work by one of our most established artists who continues to delve into our history both real and constructed (Moderate walking).

Further tours Posted in mid-June.

Tours are conducted from 1pm-4pm unless otherwise stated. As these are three-hour tours, you need to be reasonably fit and aware that hills and stairs might be encountered. If this does not sound like your sort of tour, we offer chauffeured tours. Please note all prices are exclusive of GST, for which we are now registered, so please be aware of this additional charge. For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch at or 0400378842. 

Watters Gallery Chris O'Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa)

Senior School Tours

Take your students beyond the usual art galleries and encounter the Agencies of the Art World first hand. Travel through the diverse landscape of the Sydney art world guided by an art professional.

Our individually tailored Senior School Tours give students an invaluable opportunity to explore a range of galleries; from commercial galleries to artist-run spaces, from public-funded contemporary art spaces to private art foundations, as well as temporary venues and special events. Students encounter and engage directly with the makers and professionals working in Sydney’s art community in the context of the larger art world, and gain new insights and experiences to better inform their own visual art studies.

Go behind the scenes of galleries, exhibitions and stockrooms, and learn about the mechanisms that drive and direct professional art practice, display, marketing and promotion from the point of view of various professionals within the field.

Hear from and interact with a range of specialists including Artists, Curators, Historians, Gallery Staff and Critics. Students are encouraged to make the most of this opportunity to express their own views and pose questions along the way.

The Senior School Tours provide a springboard to discuss and relate to the Subjective, Structural, Cultural and Post-modern Frames to exhibitions currently showing in Sydney.

Sydney Art Tours also gives students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the processes that direct and inform an artist’s practice by showing them practical examples. This exclusive access to exhibitions and artists also enables students to gain a better grasp of the unfolding process that leads to A Body of Work; not only the means by which it is arrived at and informed by subject, concept and process, but also how this in turn can be understood in terms of style, genre, context and the artist’s career. The experience can inspire students in the development, creation and presentation of their own work. Sketchbooks and cameras are welcome on the tour.

Please note that no two tours are ever the same as each Sydney Art Tour is customised, based on the best exhibitions showing on the date of your tour. Each tour is lead by a visual arts professional who is able to offer students and teachers valuable insights, answers to questions and expert information during the tour. Our Senior School Tours can also be individually tailored to cover the specific needs or interests of the students while still reflecting the most exciting and diverse range of exhibitions available on the day. Please contact us to discuss specific requests and how we can facilitate any student activities and worksheets.

Cost: $20 per student; accompanying teachers free. Available for groups of 8 or more students, however small-scale groups are recommended. Tours take place every Thursday from 11am or by special arrangement on other weekdays.

If you think your school might be interested please email your details to us via the site form on our bookings page.iPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhone

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