Oct 3 - 16, 2020
14 days
$8,930per person, twin share (land content only). $2,900 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Gerald Deslandes
Oct 3 - 16, 2020

Tour Leader

Gerald Deslandes$8,930per person, twin share (land content only). $2,900 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Explore the spectacular world of modern and contemporary art in the UK in London, Edinburgh and northern England. This tour also provides you with a once-in-a-decade opportunity: the coincidence of the UK’s three leading visual arts events: Frieze Art Fair, the British Art Show and the Liverpool Biennale. Visits to major art museums, leading commercial galleries and these great shows have been carefully curated by Gerald Deslandes, who has lived amongst and worked in the British art world for more than 20 years, with unique access to curators and artists.


  • Frieze Art Fair: one of the world’s most important art fairs, showcasing art from antiquity to the present
  • The British Art Show and the Liverpool Biennale: the most significant and futuredefining exhibitions of contemporary art in the UK
  • The greats of British art, from Turner to Hepworth, Moore and beyond at major museums and sculpture parks in London, Edinburgh and Leeds
  • Edinburgh: Explore the art of Scotland and enjoy this cultural capital
  • Behind the scenes: talks with curators and artists and an insider’s guide to world-leading commercial galleries

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–5: Arrive London, visit Frieze, enjoy expert guidance at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, explore contemporary architecture at Canary Wharf, visit leading commercial galleries.

Days 6–8: View Scottish art in Edinburgh, from the National Galleries to new art spaces, such as the new Jupiter Artland.

Days 9–14: Travel to Manchester via the Lake District; explore the British Art Show and new museums in Manchester. Visit Leeds and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, enjoy dinner at the Hepworth Whitfield Gallery. Experience the Liverpool Biennale and its public display of major works.

Start & Finish

The tour begins at our hotel in London and ends in our hotel in Manchester. Emirates and Qatar fly into London and out of Manchester from most Australian cities.

Detailed Itinerary

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming weeks. To receive a copy of the published itinerary once available, please register your interest below and we will be sure to email you a copy. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9235 0023.

Gerald Deslandes

A former curator and cultural historian, he spent 20 years as the director of five contemporary art galleries in the UK.

His strong personal and professional interests in history, the visual arts, literature and music have led him to develop over 20 specialized tours related to each of these interests.

He holds a BA from Cambridge University and an MA from London University. He spent 20 years as the director and exhibitions director of five contemporary art galleries in the UK, during which time he organised early-career shows of work by artists such as Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy, Cornelia Parker and Damien Hirst. He also exhibited work by artists from France, Germany, Latin America and the U.S.

In addition to his work as a curator, he has lectured at art colleges throughout the UK, and for Art Society groups in the UK, Australia and Spain. He is currently a tutor in the history of art and visual studies at the Open College of the Arts. Gerald speaks some French, Italian and Spanish.

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

“I enjoy meeting people with an interest in the visual arts and introducing them to places that may be new to them. I like leading thematic tours that allow time for travellers to link what they see and experience to the history and culture of a location.”

“Most of all, I enjoy learning from clients, sharing their enthusiasm and adding some of my own.”

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Throughout the hotel we stay in central 4-star hotels, so that the beast of each city is at your doorstep. All hotels have been recently restored and rooms modernised.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

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 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.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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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For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:
Rebecca Fussell 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
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