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.

Wendy Sharpe & Bernard Ollis

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists. Her awards include The Sulman Prize, The Portia Geach Memorial Award (twice), The Archibald Prize, a commission by the Australian War Memorial as an Australian Official Artist to East Timor, and many others. Her International artist residencies include Paris, Egypt, Mexico, China and two in Antarctica. She has held over 40 solo exhibitions around Australia and internationally.

Bernard Ollis is a major artist and art educator. He has held over 50 solo painting exhibitions throughout Australasia and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of most state and regional galleries as well as museums including the National Gallery Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Parliament House and the Australian National Gallery Canberra. Bernard has taught fine art for over 30 years including teaching as the Head of Fine Art at La Trobe University and Director of the National Art School Sydney for 11 years.

Wendy and Bernard live and work in Sydney and also in their apartment/artist studio in Montmartre, Paris.



“Wendy and Bernard did a brilliant job. Their special knowledge of Paris gave me a new perspective on this city.”
Vivien C. | Paris and the Seine 2016


“What a privilege to have them as our tour leaders. So generous in attitude and in sharing their expert knowledge.”
Ann F. | Paris and the Seine 2016