Our Tour Leaders
All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.
Alan R. Dodge AM began his career at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine…Read more.
Dr Antony Ernst is a director, dramaturg, lecturer and arts administrator who has worked with…Read more.
Brian Ladd is president of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales. A graduate…Read more.
Dr Christopher Allen is an art critic and historian who graduated from the University of…Read more.
Christopher Lawrence is best known as presenter of the weekday “Classic Drive” program on ABC…Read more.
Claudia Chan Shaw
Claudia Chan Shaw is a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, collector and…Read more.
For Claudia Hyles, it was love at first sight when she visited India in 1968….Read more.
Damien Beaumont joined the ABC in 1999 after completing music studies in Australia and England…Read more.
Donna’s association with ballet began before she was born! Her grandmother worked at the iconic…Read more.
Fiona has been a passionate gardener nearly all her life. She and Bill, her husband,…Read more.
With New York City flowing through her veins, and readily admitting that opera and the…Read more.
Genevieve Jacobs has been a prize-winning newspaper journalist as well as a freelance writer for…Read more.
Gitte Weise was founder and Director of Gitte Weise Gallery Sydney / Berlin and ROOM…Read more.
Heather Jeong is a Korean-Australian chef. She teaches Korean cooking at the Korean Cultural Centre…Read more.
Horticulturist, garden writer, presenter and author, Helen Young has led 20 garden tours internationally, visiting destinations such as France, England,…Read more.
Founder and director of Renaissance Tours, Hugh Hallard has enjoyed a varied career in arts…Read more.
Dr Jaime Tsai is an art historian who is a lecturer in modern and contemporary…Read more.
Born in Inner Mongolia, James Cao holds advanced degrees in hospitality and tourism and has…Read more.
Jane Hutcheon is the host of One Plus One on ABC TV, a weekly chat show where…Read more.
Jennie Chapman has had an affirming career in history and heritage and ‘a passion for…Read more.
A veterinarian and a gardener, Jennie Churchill’s career has always combined a passion for both…Read more.
Jennifer Stackhouse made the big move from New South Wales to a Federation house in…Read more.
John McBride, AM
After studying in Japan and Australia, John began his career at the Australia-Japan Research Centre,…Read more.
John McDonald is best known as the art critic of the Sydney Morning Herald. He…Read more.
Jonathan Biggins is an actor, writer and director, perhaps best known as one of the…Read more.
Joyce Morgan is a journalist and author of Journeys on the Silk Road. She has…Read more.
Judy Roberts, an Honours graduate in Classical Archaeology at the University of Sydney, is passionate…Read more.
India and the Himalaya and Myanmar are Judy’s lifelong passion and with over 30 years…Read more.
Dr Julian Droogan is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University…Read more.
Julie’s love affair with travel began during a stint at London’s Cordon Bleu School of…Read more.
Kathryn Hunyor is a Japanese-speaking curator and presenter with a Masters in Japanese literature. As Co-Founder…Read more.
Kenneth W Park works as a freelance lecturer, curator, tour leader, presenter and fundraiser. He is…Read more.
Liz Gibson has been professionally involved with the Art Gallery of NSW for many years,…Read more.
Lorraine Kypiotis (MA; BA; Dip.Ed.) is passionate about art, life and travel. She is equally…Read more.
Louise O’Loughlin is Victorian Opera’s Development Manager and is responsible for the company’s Philanthropy, Sponsorship…Read more.
Mairi Nicolson’s long and varied career as a broadcaster for the ABC and BBC has…Read more.
Acclaimed Australian harpist Marshall McGuire has performed as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra,…Read more.
Born in France, Martine Anstett began her career as a magazine and radio journalist. Whilst…Read more.
Michele Hill began her quilting journey in 1986 and has been addicted ever since. An…Read more.
Nicholas Selman was the director of development at Opera Australia between 2008 and 2011 before…Read more.
Dr Peter Bassett was Dramaturge and Artistic Administrator for the 2004 Adelaide Ring and is…Read more.
Universally known as “The Wine Man” Peter Bourne has been involved in the Australian wine…Read more.
A local of Colombo, Richard Mendis has been leading tours of his native Sri Lanka…Read more.
Dr Robert Gibson has lectured in music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University…Read more.
Robin de Crespigny
Robin de Crespigny is a Sydney film-maker, writer, producer, director and a former Directing Lecturer…Read more.
Ron Ramsey is Executive Director of the Art Gallery Society of NSW. Ron’s wealth of experience…Read more.
Rosamund Bartlett completed her doctorate at Oxford, and is the author of biographies of Tolstoy…Read more.
Sandy Pratten has been director of her own Landscape Design business for the past 30…Read more.
Scott studied piano and violin at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and piano at the…Read more.
Susanne Sweetland is the Audience Liaison at the Australian National Academy of Music. An integral…Read more.
The Australian Ballet
Current Tours: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland© | 26–28 September 2017 (3 days)Read more.
Specialist in architectural history from the Baroque to the 20th century with a wide knowledge…Read more.
Valerie Lawson is a journalist and author, and one of Australia’s leading dance writers. She…Read more.
Current Tours: Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2018 | August 2018 (6 days)Read more.