Private Art Collections of Western Australia

Join former Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Alan Dodge AM for exclusive visits to a selection of Perth’s private, corporate and university art collections.

For 40,000 years, Western Australia’s First Nations People have created art which responds to the conditions of life in this remote part of the world, and in the last few decades, forward-thinking collectors have amassed impressive collections of local art alongside renowned international works. Visit the Janet Holmes à Court gallery, the Liza and Michael Blakiston Collection in their private home and take a curator-led tour of the Wesfarmers Corporation collection.

Explore the deep connection to Country which intrinsically links Western Australia’s unique flora with its artists’ creations as you wander through the natural beauty of Kings Park overlooking the Swan River and uncover the distinct architecture and arts culture at the West Australian Ballet Centre. 


This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.

Arrive in Perth and make your own way to the hotel for check-in from 15:00. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.

At 18:00, join Alan and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing and drink before a special dinner in Perth’s newly revitalized Hibernian Hall precinct.


This morning visit the internationally renowned Janet Holmes à Court collection, including a tour of the current exhibition and access to pieces of the collection not presently on gallery display. This extensive collection consists of more than 5,000 registered Australian and international artworks with a strong emphasis on Indigenous art.

Then, enjoy lunch at Murdoch University before uncovering how the institution’s approach to its art collection enhances the teaching and learning experience of the university community on a tour with the gallery’s curator.

In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Kings Park with panoramic views from the distant Perth Hills across the city skyline to the silken blue waters of the Swan River. Join an expert on the unique flora native to Western Australia for a guided wildflower walk along Federation Walkway.

Return to the hotel in the afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure.


Today, take a guided backstage tour of the West Australian Ballet Centre including the company’s wardrobes, where most of the costumes are made in-house, and attend a rehearsal as the company prepares for its summer production.  Enjoy morning tea at the Centre with members of the company.

In the afternoon visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia with Alan, who is the former Director of the gallery, as your private guide. The Whadjuk Noongar people are the traditional custodians of the land on which the gallery stands, and the space is dedicated to the interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art complemented by impressive international acquisitions. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to further discover the collection at your own pace.

This evening, enjoy dinner in the private home of Liza and Michael Blakiston. Their remarkable collection of modern art expresses ideas, forms and motifs from across the globe.


This morning view a private collection before visiting the University of Western Australia’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. This university collection features innovative and varied exhibitions of contemporary and historic art with a special exhibition of the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, the nation’s only public collection of art by Australian women.

Return to the hotel before an after-hours visit to the Wesfarmers Corporation collection at the Perth company’s head office. The collection highlights the value of art in Australia’s workplaces and seeks to encourage artistic thinking and vision throughout society. Enjoy a special farewell dinner at a restaurant in Perth’s city centre.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including additional nights’ accommodation either before or after the tour.

If you are continuing with the ASQ Weekend of Music tour to the Margaret River, meet Alan and fellow travellers in the lobby of the Westin Perth at 10:00.


Extend your stay in Western Australia with our ASQ Weekend of Music tour to the Margaret River for a weekend of fine chamber music performances continued in the company of Alan Dodge.

Per person, twin share

AUD 3,950

Single supplement*

AUD 550

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 1,000

All prices are per person, in AUD

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Room category upgrade available on request; please enquire with us.

Final payment due

26 August 2020

Tour code


Fitness level

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Suggested airline

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New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Australia.

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in a centrally-located five-star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Talks and guided visits by your tour leader, Alan Dodge
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine with meals
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and wait staff

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Porterage
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel

The Westin Perth *****
The Westin Perth offers a relaxing getaway in an ideal city location, steps away from shopping and entertainment, with the picturesque Swan River and tranquil parks and gardens within easy reach. The hotel is adorned with striking artworks from local artists inspired by Western Australia’s unique natural topography and guest wellness is at the forefront of the hotel’s design.

 N.B. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

The Westin Perth

The Westin Perth

The Westin Perth