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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 1 August: Chippendale
Chippendale See this witty and sometimes disturbing exhibition of contemporary Chinese art in a major show 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’. Also consider the parameters of seeing in this ‘experiment of literary translation’ with unsettling results.(Easy/moderate walking)

Saturday 8 August: Zetland to Waterloo Trip back to the 1980s and revisit work by one of our best abstract painters. Experience the wonder of weaving by this Indigenous artist whose works have been showcased in major collections and represented Australia in Venice. Finally, delight in the dazzling works made from our everyday lives. (Easy/moderate walking)
Saturday 15 August: Trumper Park and Beyond Abstraction takes a vibrant turn in a new show by this Scottish artist. Casting the ‘ideal' uncovers another aspect of military training in a body of work from this artist’s residency at the Australian War Memorial. The everyday and art rub shoulders in this group show to locate contemporary practice in the here and now. (Moderate walking)
Saturday 22 August: Central to Surry Hills The Space Race takes on a whole new meaning in the work of this artist and in this series he explores the terrain of cognitive connections with postcards from another place. Engage with the ‘politics of place and contemporary culture’, viewed through the lens of this renowned Australian photographer’s works spanning the last decade. (Moderate/considerable walking)

Saturday 29 August: Darlinghurst to East Sydney Delight in the work of this painter as she brings to life aspects of the everyday in this exhibition of works on paper. Gain great insight into an old favourite, as his work is presented in context of alchemy. See a show that looks at ‘value, power and collapse’. (Considerable walking)
Further tours Posted late August.

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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