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.
Andy Bromberger started her musical career as a professional clarinetist teaching and playing in numerous…Read more.
BA East Asian Studies, M International Management Ann’s passion for the arts of Asia flourished…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. A graduate of 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 vibrant, energetic woman of many talents – fashion designer, television 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.
Elizabeth Swane is a member of one Australia’s best-known nursery and rose-growing families. As an…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.
Halim El Mansouri
Halim El Mansouri joined the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism in November 2011 and is an…Read more.
Heath Lees is Emeritus Professor of Music at Auckland University, and divides his year equally…Read more.
Horticulturist, garden writer, presenter and author, Helen Young has led more than 20 garden tours internationally and in Australia. She is…Read more.
Founder and former director of Renaissance Tours, Hugh Hallard has enjoyed a varied career in arts…Read more.
Iain Shearer FRAS is an archaeologist who has worked in the UK, Afghanistan, Caucasus, North…Read more.
Born in Shanghai, Irina Dunn is of Russian, Irish, Portuguese and Chinese descent and has…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.
Born in South Africa, Jean Wethmar immigrated to Australia in 2002. Her passions range from…Read more.
Jennifer Stackhouse made the big move from New South Wales to a Federation house in…Read more.
After studying in Japan and Australia, John McBride began his career at the Australia-Japan Research Centre, ANU,…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.
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. Kathryn also…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 Owens completed a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) with First Class Honours at the…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.
Mary Jo Capps
Mary Jo Capps has worked in the Australian cultural industry for more than 30 years…Read more.
Dr Melanie Pitkin is an Australian Egyptologist and museum curator. She received her PhD on…Read more.
Michele Hill began her quilting journey in 1986 and has been addicted ever since. An…Read more.
Mikala Tai is a curator, researcher and academic specialising in contemporary Asian art and Australian…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 Australasian wine…Read more.
Phillip Sametz is currently the Alumni Co-ordinator at the Australian National Academy of Music. Throughout…Read more.
A local of Colombo, Richard Mendis has been leading tours of his native Sri Lanka…Read more.
Robert Reason has worked in the Australian art museum sector for more than twenty years…Read more.
Rodney Phillips is a seasoned international performing arts specialist, having worked in Australia, the United Kingdom…Read more.
After three years at the National Gallery of Victoria and 14 years at the National…Read more.
Rosamund Bartlett is a biographer of Tolstoy and Chekhov, and also a musicologist who has…Read more.
Sandy Pratten trained at Ryde College of Horticulture and has recently retired from managing her own Landscape…Read more.
Scott Curry studied piano and violin at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and piano at…Read more.
Sebastian Smee is an art critic for The Washington Post and winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize…Read more.
Steven Miller is currently head of the National Art Archive at the Art Gallery of…Read more.
Specialist in architectural history from the Baroque to the 20th century with a wide knowledge…Read more.
Trisha Dixon is a writer and photographer with a passion for landscape, literature, music, art,…Read more.
Wally Caruana is an independent curator, art historian, valuer and consultant specialising in Indigenous Australian…Read more.
Wendy Sharpe & Bernard Ollis
Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists. Her awards include The Sulman Prize,…Read more.