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 was a familiar face on Australian television as the co-host and presenter of 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. She currently hosts Arts Friday​ on 89.7fm Eastside Radio.

Claudia was the inaugural 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), New York (2018), Shanghai and Hong Kong (2019) and Wellington (2019). In 2020 and 2021, she led a successful program of day tours focusing on the Art Deco architecture and design of Sydney.


Currrent Tours:

Art Deco to Art Now: Singapore  |  19 – 24 January 2024 (6 days)

Art Deco to Art Now: Havana and Miami  |  27 Nov – 07 Dec 2024 (11 days)


“Exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate on her subject, and with a good sense of humour, Claudia is a natural leader.”
Ross H.  |  Art Deco Sydney, 2021


“It was an absolute delight to spend the day in Claudia’s company. She has the most charming and engaging personality that perfectly matches the exuberance of the Art Deco spirit.”
Robin N.  |  Art Deco Potts Point, 2021


“Claudia is the perfect tour leader – knowledgeable, passionate and sensitive to her charges’ questions and needs.”
Helen M.  |  Art Deco Potts Point, 2021


“Claudia was delightful – knowledgeable & fun – a rare combination!.”
Geoff McC.  |  Art Deco Sydney, 2021


“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