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, curator 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 Arts Friday 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 Nouveau and the Belle Époque  |  18 May – 01 June (15 days) 2020




“Absolutely charming. A pleasure to be in her company. Her professionalism and attention to detail was exemplary.”
Gina C. | Art Deco to Art Now – Shanghai and Hong Kong 2019


“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


“Claudia is an absolute delight. She made us feel like she was a new friend and her sense of humour and fun loving manner charmed us all. She obviously loves art and makes it a joy for us to discover it.”

Joanne D.  |  Art Deco to Art Now – Miami and Cuba 2017


“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