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 Dodge

Alan R. Dodge AM began his career at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine…

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Antony Ernst

Dr Antony Ernst is a director, dramaturg, lecturer and arts administrator who has worked with…

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Brian Ladd

Brian Ladd is president of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales. A graduate…

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Cara Pinchbeck

Cara Pinchbeck is a member of the Kamilaroi community. She has a Masters in Visual…

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Christopher Allen

Dr Christopher Allen is an art critic and historian who graduated from the University of…

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Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence is best known as presenter of the weekday “Classic Drive” program on ABC…

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Claudia Chan Shaw

Claudia Chan Shaw is a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, collector and…

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Claudia Hyles

For Claudia Hyles, it was love at first sight when she visited India in 1968….

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Damien Beaumont

Damien Beaumont joined the ABC in 1999 after completing music studies in Australia and England….

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Donna Cusack

Donna’s association with ballet began before she was born! Her grandmother worked at the iconic…

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Fiona Ogilvie

Fiona has been a passionate gardener nearly all her life. She and Bill, her husband,…

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Frédérique Barbier

With New York City flowing through her veins, and readily admitting that opera and the…

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Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs has been a prize-winning newspaper journalist as well as a freelance writer for…

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Gitte Weise

Gitte Weise was founder and Director of Gitte Weise Gallery Sydney / Berlin and ROOM…

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Heather Jeong

Heather Jeong is a Korean-Australian chef. She teaches Korean cooking at the Korean Cultural Centre…

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Helen Young

Horticulturist, garden writer, presenter and author, Helen Young has led 20 garden tours internationally, visiting destinations such as France, England,…

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Hugh Hallard

Founder and director of Renaissance Tours, Hugh Hallard has enjoyed a varied career in arts…

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Jaime Tsai

Dr Jaime Tsai is an art historian who is a lecturer in modern and contemporary…

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Jennie Churchill

A veterinarian and a gardener, Jennie Churchill’s career has always combined a passion for both…

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John McBride, AM

After studying in Japan and Australia, John began his career at the Australia-Japan Research Centre,…

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John McDonald

John McDonald is best known as the art critic of the Sydney Morning Herald. He…

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Jonathan Biggins

Jonathan Biggins is an actor, writer and director, perhaps best known as one of the…

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Joyce Morgan

Joyce Morgan is a journalist and author of Journeys on the Silk Road. She has…

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Judy Roberts

Judy Roberts, an Honours graduate in Classical Archaeology at the University of Sydney, is passionate…

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Judy Tenzing

India and the Himalaya and Myanmar are Judy’s lifelong passion and with over 30 years…

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Julian Droogan

Dr Julian Droogan is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University…

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Julie Kinney

Julie’s love affair with travel began during a stint at London’s Cordon Bleu School of…

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Kathryn Hunyor

Kathryn Hunyor is a Japanese-speaking curator and presenter with a Masters in Japanese literature. As Co-Founder…

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Kenneth Park

Kenneth W Park works as a freelance lecturer, curator, tour leader, presenter and fundraiser. He is…

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Liz Gibson

Liz Gibson has been professionally involved with the Art Gallery of NSW for many years,…

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Lorraine Kypiotis

Lorraine Kypiotis (MA; BA; Dip.Ed.) is passionate about art, life and travel. She is equally…

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Louise O’Loughlin

Louise O’Loughlin is Victorian Opera’s Development Manager and is responsible for the company’s Philanthropy, Sponsorship…

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Mairi Nicolson

Mairi Nicolson has worked for both the ABC and the BBC for more than 30…

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Marshall McGuire

Acclaimed Australian harpist Marshall McGuire has performed as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra,…

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Martine Anstett

Born in France, Martine Anstett began her career as a magazine and radio journalist. Whilst…

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Michele Hill

Michele Hill began her quilting journey in 1986 and has been addicted ever since. An…

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Nicholas Selman

Nicholas Selman was the director of development at Opera Australia between 2008 and 2011 before…

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Peter Bassett

Dr Peter Bassett was Dramaturge and Artistic Administrator for the 2004 Adelaide Ring and is…

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Peter Bourne

Universally known as “The Wine Man” Peter Bourne has been involved in the Australian wine…

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Renaissance Tours

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Richard Mendis

A local of Colombo, Richard Mendis has been leading tours of his native Sri Lanka…

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Robert Gibson

Dr Robert Gibson has lectured in music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University…

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Robin de Crespigny

Robin de Crespigny is a Sydney film-maker, writer, producer, director and a former Directing Lecturer…

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Ron Ramsey

Ron Ramsey is Executive Director of the Art Gallery Society of NSW. Ron’s wealth of experience…

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Rosamund Bartlett

Rosamund Bartlett completed her doctorate at Oxford, and is the author of biographies of Tolstoy…

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Sandy Pratten

Sandy Pratten has been director of her own Landscape Design business for the past 30…

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Scott Curry

Scott studied piano and violin at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and piano at the…

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Susanne Sweetland

Susanne Sweetland is the Audience Liaison at the Australian National Academy of Music. An integral…

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The Australian Ballet

    Current Tours: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland©  |  26–28 September 2017 (3 days)

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Thomas Abbott

Specialist in architectural history from the Baroque to the 20th century with a wide knowledge…

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Valerie Lawson

Valerie Lawson is a journalist and author, and one of Australia’s leading dance writers. She…

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