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Art Escapes

If your international travel plans have been interrupted, we invite you to join us on one of our art escapes within Australia. We have a wide range of short breaks to suit all interests, immersing you in enriching, engaging and exclusive art and cultural experiences.

Enjoy the unique benefits of being guided by knowledgeable and experienced art experts, while sharing in the company of like-minded travellers.

A tour with the Art Gallery Society of NSW will ensure you have a memorable and meaningful experience. It also means you’re helping us buy art, as funds raised from tours go towards the Gallery’s collection.


Capital Hill, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

4–8 December 2020

Treasures of the National Capital
Canberra
With Alan Dodge
From $3,500 pp plus airfares

Uncover some of the hidden gems of Canberra with private curator-led visits to a selection of Australia’s leading national cultural institutions. Begin with a curator-led viewing of the National Portrait Gallery’s Love Stories exhibition, featuring works from the British National Portrait Gallery. Explore the National Gallery of Australia with tour leader Alan Dodge AM, who was a former curator of the European and American collection at the Gallery, discover iconic pieces of the permanent collection and hear some of the stories behind the Gallery’s international acquisitions. Go behind the scenes at the Parliament House of Australia with a private tour of Parliament’s impressive art collection, and enjoy the colourful floral spectacle of Floriade as the city bursts into springtime bloom.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website


Artist Petra Cortright at City Gallery Wellington © WellingtonNZ.com

26–30 November 2020

Weekend of art in Wellington
Galleries, museums, Art Deco and wine
With Claudia Chan Shaw
From $3,450 pp plus airfares

Spend a long weekend soaking up the creative energy and diverse art and culture scene of New Zealand’s dynamic capital. Explore Wellington’s rich collection of museums and galleries including the City Art Gallery, the Dowse Art Museum and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s immersive national museum dedicated to history, art and Māori culture. Appreciate also the city’s Art Deco tradition with its characteristic 1930s buildings and learn about this much-loved style of art and architecture characterised by bold geometric and highly stylised decorative elements. Spend a leisurely day in the Martinborough wine district, famous for its exceptional Pinot Noir wines, enjoying some of New Zealand’s finest wine and cuisine.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website


Image: Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) with Pharos © Mona/Jesse Hunniford. Image courtesy of the artist and of Mona (Museum of Old and New Art).

5–8 November 2020

New art spaces of Tasmania
Weekend of art and wine
With Gitte Weise
From $3,750 pp plus airfares

Spend a long weekend in the company of art curator Gitte Weise exploring some of the Island State’s newest art spaces, museums, private galleries and wineries. Enjoy special access to the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), including guided experiences of major installations by James Turrell, Charles Ross, Richard Wilson and Nam Jun Paik, and explore the gallery’s special exhibitions. Gain exclusive access to the vast private contemporary art collection housed over four floors of the former headquarters of The Mercury newspaper and admire James Turrell’s stunning Amarna sequence after a gourmet meal. Experience the finest Tasmanian spring produce in the state’s best restaurants and enjoy award-winning wines.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website


White Rabbit Gallery © Bjanka Kadic / Alamy Stock Photo

28–30 October 2020

Sydney art highlights
The Archibald Prize, commercial galleries and public sculptures
With Gitte Weise
From $2,650 pp plus airfares

Experience Sydney’s dynamic art scene through its celebrated public galleries, vibrant commercial galleries and urban-scape art displays. Enjoy an exclusive private guided tour of the exhibition of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ annual Archibald Prize for portraiture, now approaching its one hundredth anniversary, including the inspirational Young Archie competition. Uncover also the many outstanding works not selected for official display at the Archibald and Wynne Prizes at the Salon des Refusés exhibition at the leading S.H. Ervin Gallery. Then, immerse yourself in the city’s outstanding public art and contrast Sydney’s high-profile galleries and exhibitions with visits to carefully selected commercial galleries and an artist’s private studio.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website


Gibbs Farm, New Zealand. © Al Armiger / Alamy Stock Photo

26 October – 8 November 2020

New Zealand now: Contemporary art and design
Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch
With Julie Ewington
From $2,450 pp plus airfares

Discover the unique architecture and rich history behind the thriving arts communities of the NSW Hunter region through its celebrated regional galleries and artist studios. In the company of art and sculpture specialist and Newcastle local Brian Ladd, visit the dynamic collections of the impressive Newcastle Art Gallery and Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Visit the studio of local artists for an insider’s perspective on the resident art scene, and soak up the colonial history of the once bustling river port of Morpeth. Compare Newcastle’s working-class roots with its new identity as an exciting nascent arts centre.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website


Elizabeth Quay Bridge, Perth, Western Australia

26–30 October 2020

Private art collections of Western Australia
Perth
With Alan Dodge
From $3,950 pp plus airfares

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.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website


Maitland Regional Gallery, featuring artwork by Brett Piva Remnants before the Tasman 2019 acrylic approx. 5m x 17m. Courtesy Maitland Regional Art Gallery

20–22 October 2020

Galleries of the NSW Hunter Region
Newcastle and Maitland
With Brian Ladd
From $2,450 pp plus airfares

Discover the unique architecture and rich history behind the thriving arts communities of the NSW Hunter region through its celebrated regional galleries and artist studios. In the company of art and sculpture specialist and Newcastle local Brian Ladd, visit the dynamic collections of the impressive Newcastle Art Gallery and Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Visit the studio of local artists for an insider’s perspective on the resident art scene, and soak up the colonial history of the once bustling river port of Morpeth. Compare Newcastle’s working-class roots with its new identity as an exciting nascent arts centre.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website


Bald Hill lookout

6–8 October 2020

Illawarra Art Trail
Wollongong and the Sutherland Shire
With Fiona McIntosh
From $2,650 pp plus airfares

Discover the rich diversity of the thriving arts communities of the NSW Illawarra region through its celebrated regional galleries and artist studios. In the company of art specialist Fiona McIntosh, visit the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, the vibrant hub of arts activity in the Sutherland Shire, and discover more about the significant collections of Wollongong, including the nationally regarded Wollongong Art Gallery. Visit the studios of local artists whose works are respected nationally and internationally and soak up the relaxed beauty and art scene of the charming beachside town of Bundeena in the Royal National Park.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website


Geelong Art Gallery. Courtesy Visit Victoria

20–25 September 2020

Art galleries of regional Victoria
Bendigo, Ballarat and the NGV Winter Masterpieces
With Brian Ladd
From $4,250 pp plus airfares

Take a journey through regional Victoria’s leading art galleries and wonder at the state’s vibrant art-scape in the environment which inspires it. From local history and home-grown artworks in Castlemaine to touring exhibitions in Bendigo and Ballarat, trace Australia’s development from a flourishing regional centre into a major player on the international art stage.

Appreciate innovative works at the TarraWarra Museum of Art Biennial, as well as in the museum’s permanent collection, which is home to some of Australia’s finest contemporary art. Uncover the evolution of a local region at Geelong Gallery, before a private viewing of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition, featuring the artworks of renowned French Post-Impressionist artist Pierre Bonnard.

More information and itinerary available on Renaissance Tours website