Central Australia Artists Retreat

12 Sept 22', 6 nights

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Retreat Highlights

• Stunning scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges
• Optional day walks
• Artistic director Michael Herron
• Exclusive private semi-permanent Eco-camps

Art Tours – How They Work

We take you on a personal journey of discovery...where life and the traditional cultures remain relatively unspoilt, where the wildlife viewing is spectacular, where the scenery is breathtaking.These special tours reflect our fascination and love for interesting cultures and the natural world which we capture through inspirational, evocative painting.

In fact, we attract an eclectic mix of people who blend other interests with painting - the lover of wildflowers, the birder, the naturalist, the antiquities buff, the painter, the wine and food lover - the normal traveller looking to expand their horizons.

The tour is fully organised by World Expeditions, providing all of the logistics, transportation, accommodation, food.

On some days we may have a short transfer to the trail head in off road support vehicles - allowing us to select the best spots of the trail to paint.

The adventure guide and artistic leaders work together to manage the flow of the tour, the pace, the itinerary - so we can seek out the hidden gems, wait for the perfect dawn light or cockatoo at the waterhole...fully backed by the convenience, the security, and the quality of

World Expeditions tour operations.

• Attention to detail with seamless operations throughout

• Small groups and journeying to unusual and ‘off the beaten track’ places in the world

• Destinations and activities specifically chosen for their photogenic nature

• The pace and itineraries custom tailored to take maximum advantage of painting opportunities

• Travel with interesting, fun loving like minded individuals who love painting

As a result of the successful artistic expeditions, painter Michael Herron has joined with World Expeditions to offer similar expeditions to all interested artists, amateur and professional alike. Each Art Expedition will be escorted by Michael Herron, he will provide directions and assistance to artists in the field, helping them reach their artistic potential and develop their skills in the field. This is not artistic tuition, but a shared creative experience. A professional team of World Expeditions guides will provide exceptional food and camping hospitality as well as guided walks and transfers to selected scenic locations. A key benefit of these expeditions is that artists will have access to spectacular wilderness locations.



About The Host

Michael Herron

Michael Herron

About Your Leader

Michael Herron has been painting and drawing for 30 years and teaching for the last 20. At the age of 22, after studying for 5 years at both Meadowbank TAFE and City Art Institute (now COFA), he won the 1988 'Sydney Morning Herald Travelling Art Scholarship'. Combined with the Dyson Bequest from the Art Gallery of NSW, Michael painted at the Mora Dyring Studio at the Cite Internationale des Artes in Paris.

On returning to Australia Michael was involved in a number of solo and group shows including a solo show at First Draft Gallery in 1997. He exhibited with the Tim Olsen Gallery 2005-2010 where he had four solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. In 2010 Michael was invited to Exhibit in Kedumba Drawing Award. In 2011 he was involved in the Taronga Zoo Artist in residence program, and in 2014 was included in the Rick Amor drawing prize in Ballarat. There have been numerous artist trips to the Flinders Ranges, Cooma, Rylstone and the North Coast of NSW. Michael has been hung for three consecutive years in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize.

Most recently Michael's works have been based on en plein air painting of landscapes such as Flinders Ranges and of course the wonderful West MacDonnell Ranges. He has taught workshops and classes at numerous schools, community art centres and art societies, and has guest lectured at COFA and TAFE. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and America. Michael currently resides in the Blue Mountains.



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