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.

Brian Ladd

Brian Ladd is a Councillor and former President of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales. A graduate in sculpture from the National Art School, Sydney, Brian is a specialist in European and Australian sculpture, and brings a broad knowledge and enthusiasm to the study of art. From 1996 to 2010, Brian led the Public Programs department at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which was responsible for diverse programs that enlivened the Gallery and engaged audiences with art. Since 1995 Brian has led successful Art Gallery Society tours to Europe and the USA, and has a particular interest in the art of the Iberian Peninsula, leading multiple tours to Spain and Portugal in recent years.


Current Tours:

Monarchs, emperors and warriors: Galleries and exhibitions of Bendigo and Melbourne  |  11–14 July 2019 (4 days)

Moorish Mosaic: Marrakesh to Andalusia  |  May 2020

Two Bites of the Big Apple  |  December 2020 (12 days)



“Brian’s knowledge and presentations were excellent. He was always positive, friendly and personable and made sure he spoke and spent time with everyone individually both walking, inside venues, and at restaurants.”
Kate R.  |  Art Treasures of Madrid and Andalusia 2017


“A gentleman and a scholar. Loved the post breakfast talks – the more the better.”
Glynn E.  |  Art Treasures of Madrid and Andalusia 2017


“Informative, caring and delightful.”
Peter W.  |  Art Treasures of Madrid and Andalusia 2017


“Can’t praise Brian enough, delightful person, great company with a formidable knowledge of art and history.”
Maureen F.  |  Art Treasures of Madrid and Andalusia 2017