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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 7 February Private Booking

Saturday 14 February: Waterloo Love weathers all, and so do the sculptures that are featured in this annual exhibition. Ceramic works are hot and hip but in a form that might challenge your expectations. See works in clay by artists that use it as their chosen medium. Get to glimpse of a private collection of well-known Indigenous artists, too. Finally celebrate a gallery’s first decade with a chance to see work by all their artists. (Easy walking)
Saturday 21 February: Paddington This week’s tour offers an opportunity to see work by a wide range of artists as many galleries kick off the year with group shows. Take a look at the rich and varied approaches 12 artists take to photography in this annual group exhibition. Still Life, an area of painting that is often overlooked, is also revisited: glass comes in many colours, gallery artists are showcased and so are newly consigned works. (Moderated/Considerable walking)
Saturday 28 February: East Sydney ‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars’ would be a suitable title for this tour. See a large-scale installation that shines a light on everyday life, discover a garden of delights and see that art can be made from the most unlikely things. Poetry in heavy metal and works with a surreal whimsy are also on offer, as well as work by a new generation of painters. (Moderate/Considerable walking)

Saturday 7 March: Chippendale This art precinct includes Central Park, and might even be becoming Sydney's very own Chelsea. See new work by an Archibald Prize painter and see a new show of work by contemporary Chinese artists that focuses on the notion of ‘play’ as part of the creative process. Visit a group show full of new talent and also see work that challenges us and, through this process of making us uneasy, asks us to consider things in a different light. (This tour includes a talk as part of Art Month by Mitch Cairns at 4pm)

Saturday 14 March: Surry Hills See work by old favourites in the context of other work and also discover new talent in this leafy boho art precinct. The stories that inform the work and the stories behind the work are always fascinating, but some artists tell more detailed and elaborate tales than others and this is true of this artist whose work brings past and present together. This tour also offers the opportunity to gain insights into collectors collections. (Considerable Walking)

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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