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.



per person, twin share


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 city’s distinct architecture and arts culture.

Private Art Collections of Western Australia.

Gain exclusive access to the gallery of Janet Holmes à Court, private home collections and the Wesfarmers Corporation collection
Meet the curators and collectors propelling Perth’s cultural coming-of-age
Visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia with Alan Dodge, a former Director of the gallery
Uncover the impressive Murdoch University Art Collection of modern and First Australians’ art
Take a step backstage at the West Australian Ballet Centre, home of the acclaimed West Australian Ballet company


per person, twin share
Travelling Solo? Enjoy this tour with a low single supplement of +$550


Arrive at your hotel (Ritz Carlton Perth) and make your own way to the hotel for check-in from 15:00.

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. 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. 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 view 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.


Note: At time of publication (February 2021) private owners of collections had committed to opening their homes and collections, however they preferred not to be named. While we undertake to operate the tour as published, there may be some changes to the itinerary


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