Nov 7 - 10, 2021
4 days
$2,640per person, twin share (land content only). $480 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon
Nov 7 - 10, 2021

Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon$2,640per person, twin share (land content only). $480 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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The National Gallery of Australia’s Jeffrey Smart exhibition commemorates one of Australia’s most popular artists in the centenary of his birth. The exhibition, featuring some of his best loved artworks and extensive archival material, however, is only one of the excellent shows on in Canberra this spring. The National Gallery will also be showing Part II of Know My Name, which showcases a century of exceptional works by female Australian artists, and hosting the National Indigenous Art Triennial. And just down the road, the National Portrait Gallery will be showing the much anticipated Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Our four-day tour takes you to these exhibitions in the small window that they coincide, a wonderful opportunity to enjoy masterpieces of modern and contemporary Australian art. The tour also includes visits to the National Library’s exhibition of colonial painter George Frank Angus, Sidney Nolan at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, a visit to two glass artists in their studio, and fine dining.

Covid-19 cancellation policy

The following special cancellation and refund conditions applies to this tour.

  • If you book on this tour and then find that you are unable to travel due to Government imposed Covid-19 travel restrictions we will provide a 100% cash refund of all monies paid to Academy Travel for this tour. This refund will be given irrespective of how close to the tour start date you become ineligible to travel, but you must inform us within 24 hours of becoming personally unable to travel in order to obtain a full refund.
  • If the tour cannot proceed due to Government imposed Covid-19 travel restrictions, the tour will be cancelled and all participants will receive a 100% cash refund of all monies paid to Academy Travel for this tour. This refund will be given irrespective of how close the cancellation occurs to the start date of the tour.


Jeffrey Smart
Explore the National Gallery of Australia’s Jeffrey Smart exhibition, which brings together the artist’s masterpieces and archival materials that provide great insight into how he made his art.

The Indigenous Art Triennial
Discover the wonders of contemporary indigenous art, and the incredible diversity of styles, practices and influences.

Living Memory – The National Photographic Portrait Prize
Marvel at the beauty and tragedy captured by photographic portraitists in this annual prize exhibition, whose 79 finalists have been selected from thousands of entries.

Know My Name Part II
The second part of Know My Name has been heralded as even better than the first. See the masterpieces by Australian women artists of the 20th century.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Visit Living Memory: The national photographic portrait prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Evening lectures on Jeffrey Smart, followed by dinner in an excellent restaurant.

Day 2: Visit the Jeffrey Smart show at the NGA; then lunch in a winery outside of Canberra, and visit two glass artists in their Queanbeyan studio.

Day 3: Visit Part II of the acclaimed Know My Name dedicated to achievements of Australian women artists and visit The National Indigenous Triennial.

Day 4: Tour the exhibition of colonial painter George Frank Angus at the National Library. The tour ends at the hotel at midday.

Detailed Itinerary

Start & Finish

The tour begins at the Midnight Hotel in Canberra at 2.30pm on Sunday 7 November and ends the hotel around midday on Wednesday 10 November. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange transport to Canberra.

Detailed itinerary

Included meals are shown with the symbols B, L and D.

Sunday 7 November – National Photographic Portrait Prize

We meet in the Hotel lobby at 2.30pm this afternoon, from where we leave to visit Living Memory: National Photographic Portraiture Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. The prize, which was established in 2007 has attracted some of the finest photographers in Australia. This year 79 finalists are on display, who were selected from over 3000 entries. After visiting the exhibition, we return to the hotel. In the evening Nick gives two lectures on the art and life of Jeffrey Smart. We have dinner together tonight in a private room at Mosaic restaurant. (D).

Monday 8 November – Jeffrey Smart

Today we visit the National Gallery of Australia, to visit the Jeffrey Smart exhibition. The exhibition brings together major works by this much-loved artist from public and private collections. The show also includes significant archival material, such as Smart’s captivating drawings, which provide insight into his approach to composition. We then travel to a winery out of Canberra for lunch, after which we visit the glass artists Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock in their Queanbeyan studio. Returning to the hotel, there is a lecture looking at some highlights from the Know My Name exhibition and the Indigenous Art Triennial. (B, L).

Tuesday 9 November – Indigenous Art Triennial + Know My Name

This morning we return to the National Gallery to visit the Indigenous Art Triennial. This event was founded in 2007 and brings together an exceptional range of art that highlights the different traditions and influences on indigenous art making in contemporary Australia. After a break for lunch, we then visit Know My Name Part II, which showcases the art of twentieth century Australian women. On our return to the hotel, we visit CMAG to see its exhibition of Sidney Nolan. In the evening, we meet in the hotel for drinks and a chance to talk about what we’ve seen today. (B, L, evening drinks).

Wednesday 10 November – George French Angus

After checking out of the hotel this morning we travel to the National Library where we see an exhibition of George French Angus, a colonial painter best known for his paintings of South Australia and the Australian interior, who later became secretary to the Australian Museum in 1853. After visiting the exhibition, there is time to explore the permanent collection, before we return to our hotel by private coach ca 12.00pm where the tour ends. (B).

Dr Nick Gordon

A cultural historian with a PhD in History, and practicing painter who brings this passion to the visual arts.

Dr Nick Gordon is a cultural historian and artist, with over 10 years of experience leading tours to Europe. He has strong interests in art, history, philosophy and architecture, from the ancient world to the present.

Nick holds a University Medal and PhD in history from the University of Sydney. He taught medieval and Renaissance history at the University of Sydney, the history of political thought at the University of Western Sydney, and architectural and Australian history elsewhere. He continues to teach at the Centre of Continuing Education, and gives occasional lectures on topics ranging from Classical Rome through to Australian and contemporary art. Nick has lead tours for Academy Travel since 2007, and designs study tours, residential tours and art-focussed tours, such as the Venice Biennale, Art Along the Rhine, Art Basel, and Amsterdam to Paris: Van Eyck to Van Gogh.

Nick is also an artist and his firsthand experience of art complements his academic expertise, through his knowledge of materials and the processes behind how an artwork is made, and his well-practiced eye for reading art.

We asked Nick, what do you enjoy most about tour leading?

“One of the things I enjoy most about touring is helping people understand more about what they’re seeing. This happens through a combination of background lectures exploring different contexts, cultural commentary on the road, and especially by being able to explain what is going on in an artwork with the artwork in front of us.”

“The aim of all of this is to help people see more for themselves, independently, both on tour and beyond. Some of the best moments for me on tour are when this happens, and you get to be part of something bigger as people start adding their own knowledge and experience to what we’re looking at. It makes each experience unique.” 

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The Midnight Hotel, Melbourne (3 nights)
Our hotel provides comfort, luxury and style in the heart of Canberra, close to museums and restaurants.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 

Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

All tours

  • All accommodation at properties mentioned in the itinerary
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Taxis may also be used for short trips on some tours. Some city stay tours may involve local transport
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunches and dinners indicated with the letters L and D in the itinerary
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks at sit-down lunches and dinners. Picnic and light lunches may not include alcoholic drinks
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • All tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

On international tours only

  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required, and when stated as included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Some trips may be made by public transport such as high-speed train and subway

What is not included in the tour price?

Our tours do not include the following:

  • Air or land travel from your home city to the tour start/end points
  • Local taxes and airport levies that we are not able to prepay on your behalf. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically indicated with the letters L or D in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as passports, laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
  • Airport Transfers on international tours
  • Tours may begin at either the arrival airport or the first hotel. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel, and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

Travel Insurance

We require all tour participants to have adequate insurance coverage.

  • For domestic tours, Medicare and your private medical insurance should be used to cover any medical expenses.
  • Domestic travel insurance is available and strongly recommended to cover non-medical expenses such as cancellation.
  • For international tours, we require you to have comprehensive travel insurance. Prices vary according to your age, your pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the length of your journey abroad.

Tour Details

Fitness Requirement

Grade Two

A Grade 2 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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