Art Tours is for people who enjoy engaging with art, love to travel with like minded people, and are looking for some insight and a little bit of education along the way. With an increasing interest in journeys discovering New Zealand, its art, people and places we are embarking on a plan to visit every regional gallery within two to three years. We have established a niche within our market and have guests coming back to travel again, we think this is because we offer a great mix of art and travel, culture and the engagement with people who make the experience come alive. It is also because of our tour leaders, guides and travel managers who are passionate about what they do, and it is about the value we can add to any destination through engagement with artists, dealers, curators and collectors. While the art and the destination are key, value we believe comes down to people sharing their lives, art and stories with us.
Art Tours is the culmination of several years spent thinking of a way to combine two passions. Glen Armstrong has long been interested in Art and Art History and holds a BA in Art History from Auckland. Not only might you find Glen driving the bus around Auckland, but the travel manager if you are overseas with us.
Glen also owns and runs House of Travel Ellerslie – a retail travel office in Auckland, New Zealand.
Without our guides there would be no tour…
we are ever thankful for their knowledge and passion around art
Sue Gardiner is the co-Director of the Chartwell Collection of New Zealand and Australian Contemporary Art, held on long term loan at the Auckland Art Gallery. Her trans-Tasman art interests extend back to her MA thesis on trans-tasman art exchange, researched at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and the University of Auckland.
She has written a monthly NZ art news column for over ten years for Art Monthly Australia magazine published by ANU, Canberra, and also writes for Australian Art Collector magazine, Art News New Zealand and other Australasian publications.
She manages the Study Abroad art lecture series in Australia and New Zealand for Layola University, Los Angeles, California.
She is on the board of Artspace.
Sue is renowned for the Auckland based art tours for the University of Auckland Centre for Continuing Education.
Mary Kisler is Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, caring for a collection that begins in the 13th century and ends mid-20th century. She is the curator of both collection exhibitions and major special exhibitions, being responsible for 7 shows currently on display in the newly redeveloped Auckland Art Gallery.
Mary graduated with an MA First Class Honours in Italian and Art History from the University of Auckland in 1992. Her thesis was on the subject of Images of Birth in the Italian Renaissance. She worked as a tutor and part time lecturer at the University, before joining the Gallery in 1998.
She has acted as a guide on several art history trips to Europe, as well as Australia, and has travelled widely both as a researcher and as a private lover of art. Since 2001, she has talked about art with Kim Hill on National Radio’s Saturday Morning programme.
Jennifer was the founding Director of the Auckland Art Fair, is been a Gallery Director at OrexArt in Auckland, and most recently was responsible for managing the New Zealand pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
For all tour enquiries please contact:
Art Tours from House of Travel
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 525 2363
Art Tours is a division of House of Travel Onehunga Ltd trading as House of Travel Ellerslie. We are proud to be part of the House of Travel group. House of Travel was founded in 1987 and is an IATA registered and TAANZ Bonded Company. There are 65 outlets nationwide.