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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Christopher Allen

Dr Christopher Allen is an art critic and historian. A graduate of 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 vibrant, energetic woman of many talents – fashion designer, television 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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David J. Townsend

Dr David J. Townsend holds degrees in Law and Languages from the University of Sydney,…

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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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Elizabeth Swane

Elizabeth Swane is a member of one Australia’s best-known nursery and rose-growing families. As an…

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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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Halim El Mansouri

Halim El Mansouri joined the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism in November 2011 and is an…

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Heath Lees

Heath Lees is Emeritus Professor of Music at Auckland University, and divides his year equally…

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Helen Young

Horticulturist, garden writer, presenter and author, Helen Young has led more than 20 garden tours internationally and in Australia. She is…

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Hugh Hallard

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

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Iain Shearer

Iain Shearer FRAS is an archaeologist who has worked in the UK, Afghanistan, Caucasus, North…

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Irina Dunn

Born in Shanghai, Irina Dunn is of Russian, Irish, Portuguese and Chinese descent and has…

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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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James Cao

Born in Inner Mongolia, James Cao holds advanced degrees in hospitality and tourism and has…

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Jane Hutcheon

Jane Hutcheon is the host of One Plus One on ABC TV, a weekly chat show where…

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Jean Wethmar

Born in South Africa, Jean Wethmar immigrated to Australia in 2002. Her passions range from…

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Jennifer Stackhouse

Jennifer Stackhouse made the big move from New South Wales to a Federation house in…

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John McBride

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

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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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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. Kathryn also…

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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 Owens

Louise Owens completed a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) with First Class Honours at the…

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Mairi Nicolson

Mairi Nicolson’s long and varied career as a broadcaster for the ABC and BBC has…

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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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Mary Jo Capps

Mary Jo Capps has worked in the Australian cultural industry for more than 30 years…

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Melanie Pitkin

Dr Melanie Pitkin is an Australian Egyptologist and museum curator. She received her PhD on…

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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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Mikala Tai

Mikala Tai is a curator, researcher and academic specialising in contemporary Asian art and Australian…

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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 Australasian 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 Reason

Robert Reason has worked in the Australian art museum sector for more than twenty years…

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Rodney Phillips

Rodney Phillips is a seasoned international performing arts administrator, having worked in Australia, the United Kingdom…

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Ron Ramsey

After three years at the National Gallery of Victoria and 14 years at the National…

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Rosamund Bartlett

Rosamund Bartlett is a cultural historian with a particular interest in European Modernism, and in…

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Sandy Pratten

Sandy Pratten trained at Ryde College of Horticulture and has recently retired from managing her own Landscape…

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Scott Curry

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

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Sebastian Smee

Sebastian Smee is an art critic for The Washington Post and winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize…

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Steven Miller

Steven Miller is currently head of the National Art Archive at the Art Gallery of…

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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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Trisha Dixon

Trisha Dixon is a writer and photographer with a passion for landscape, literature, music, art,…

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Wally Caruana

Wally Caruana is an independent curator, art historian, valuer and consultant specialising in Indigenous Australian…

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Wendy Sharpe & Bernard Ollis

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists. Her awards include The Sulman Prize,…

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