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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 22 March: Paddington to Potts Point Meander from Paddington to Potts Point to discover a cluster of galleries forming around this part of Paddo and go onto to find art in a very unlikely spot as well as visit the gallery of the art oracle. This tour offers a wide range of art showcasing photography and painting along with indigenous artists work with non indigenous artists, the work of Australia’s bad boy of contemporary art to art that challenges us to question of content through the exploration of the boundaries of light and form. (Considerable Walking)

Saturday 29 March: Trumper Park and Beyond Trumper Park could be the new name for a group of high-end commercial galleries that are from an art precinct around this pretty oval and bush reserve. Joining a couple of the country’s best known commercial spaces are other well-known galleries that have migrated from other parts of the suburb as well as further afield. This gives audiences a destination location. Be amazed by technical skill and virtuosity of artists at the top of their game various media including paint and video. (Moderate /considerable walking)
Saturday 5 April: East Sydney towards Museum Station This week’s tour looks at painting in both representational and abstract forms. These works that ask us to consider the (sub)urban landscape and along with those that address imagined space. Journey around this architecturally interesting art precinct and encounter a range of media other too – including photography and sculpture from new talent as well as to old favorites. See photographs that seek to capture the essence of place through breaking light and 26th annual exhibition of sculpture, at this well-known commercial gallery (Moderate /considerable walking)
Saturday 12 April: Zetland along to Waterloo This art precinct offers a great overview of Australia’s art world from Indigenous art to the work of some of our most established artists offered through the secondary market, to the work of new young stars. The area is a part of Sydney that is growing up fast. No longer ‘down at heel’, it is now home to young city dwellers offering an easy commute to both the city and the airport. Be inspired by the breadth of contemporary art this tour offers from ‘petite point’ unlike anything your grandma makes to conceptual work that unpicks visual media. (Easy/moderate walking)

Saturday 19 April: Edgecliff on to Woollahra As some galleries close their doors, others have just opened up as the gallery world experiences more shifts and changes than ever before with new partnerships and new models appearing. This tour engages with some of these changes to reflect the current ‘scene’. Wander along the lovely streets of posh Woollahra to see a show of street art in a high-end commercial space and photography that documents the gay rights, and paintings that celebrates our love of the Australian landscape and it fragility reflected in the work of one of Australia most important landscape artists and also in the work of our rising stars. (Moderate/considerable walking)
Saturday 26 April: Chippendale to Darlington Hop along to Chippendale to see it’s ‘Reformation’ and get to know an art precinct that’s blossoming. Encounter new galleries in old spaces; one that once serviced Rolls Royce now showcases the art of this century from China, Sydney Mission’s oldest home offers food for both the body and the soul, The Commercial provides more than beer and a warehouse is transformed to gallery space of international standards. (Easy/moderate walking)

More walking tours Coming May 2014

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. For additional information, please don't hesitate to get in touch at or 0400378842. Please note that concession and discount rates are available. Concession: $25 pp. 

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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