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.

John McDonald

John McDonald is best known as the art critic of the Sydney Morning Herald. He is a former Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia; a busy lecturer; author of several books, most notably, Art of Australia: From Exploration to Federation, and Studio: Australian Artists on the Nature of Creativity. John has a longstanding interest in China, which he has been visiting since 1989, and has contributed the major essay to the catalogue for Sydney’s White Rabbit Gallery. Since 2011 he has also been the regular film critic for the Australian Financial Review.



“What a trio! Superlative! Wonderful balance both between knowledge, expertise and very importantly humour”

Christopher Allen, John McDonald and Christopher Lawrence

Margaret A.  |  The Critics’ Choice Art and Music Cruise 2016