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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 20 June: Trumper Park and beyond
Abstraction takes a vibrant turn in this new show by prizing winning artists. See work by one of our most established artists who continues to delve into our history both real and constructed. Encounter the exciting ceramics from Ernabella Arts with an exhibition offered in conjunction with the 14th Australian Ceramics Triennale in Canberra (Moderate walking).

Saturday 4 July: Zetland to Waterloo See the work that challenges many of our ideas of what differentiates the high art and popular painting by well known painter and tattoo artist See works that have returned to the public view from private collections by some of our very best known artists in this winter show. Discover a younger artist and her vision of the world. (Easy/moderate walking)
Saturday 11 July: Central to 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 favourite as his work is presented in context of alchemy. See a show that looks at ‘value, power and collapse.’ (Considerable walking)
Saturday 18 July: Darlinghurst to East Sydney Painting takes centre stage on this tour. Be inspired by painting that captures sound and another show by two artists whose works also delights in abstraction. Be absorbed in the saturated colour of the landscape in paintings that reflect a bright portrait of the outback. As well as see drawing take on a life of its own by this established artist. (Moderate/considerable walking)

Saturday 25 July: 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’. See what regional artists are doing when country goes to town and engage in the ideals of happiness. (Easy/moderate walking)
Further tours Posted mid-July.

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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