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.

Claudia Chan Shaw

Claudia Chan Shaw is a vibrant, energetic woman of many talents – fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, collector and artist.

A design graduate from Sydney College of the Arts, Claudia contributes to design and collecting publications and has curated a number of fashion exhibitions. She presents The Dialogue on 89.7fm Eastside Radio. Claudia was the curator of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival (2016-2018) and is the leader of the Art Gallery Society NSW’s successful series of ‘Art Deco to Art Now’ tours to China (2015), Cuba (2017) and New York (2018).

Claudia was co-host and presenter on ABC TV’s popular program, Collectors. Her subsequent book Collectomania: From objects of desire to magnificent obsession, navigates the world of collectors and celebrates collections both strange and beautiful.


Current Tours:

Art Deco to Art Now: Shanghai and Hong Kong  |  19–27 April 2019 (9 days)

Art Revival: From Cuba to Miami  |  27 November – 07 December 2019 (11 days)



“Claudia is a wonderful, professional and very caring tour leader, always thinking ahead and concerned for everyone’s welfare…and just to top it off, very entertaining!”
Margaret C.  |  Art Deco to Art Now: New York 2018


“Claudia is absolutely incredible with a thorough knowledge in Art, Art Deco and New York city.”
Eszter V.  |  Art Deco to Art Now: New York 2018


“Fabulous, marvellous, wonderful, delightful, passionate, informative and caring. We were so lucky to have her expertise. Claudia went out of her way to make each and everyone’s experiences special.”
Kitty C.  |  Art Deco to Art Now: China 2015


“Claudia was brilliant. She was fun to be with, very knowledgeable about Art Deco, inclusive, warm and generous. It was a delight to be there with her.”
Lyn R. Art Deco to Art Now: China 2015