Art History Lecture | The Grand Tour

Location Bunbury Council Function Room 4 Stephen St Bunbury, WA 6230
Wednesday 16 June 2021, 06:00pm - 07:00pm

Current events have made us reconsider the ease of travel we once took for granted. Three hundred years ago, travel and the experiences that came with it were new and novel concept. The Grand Tour was a cultural phenomenon that spanned three centuries and invented the very notion of tourism, as well as the Neoclassical and Romantic movements, arguably the eighteenth century’s greatest contributions to Western culture. In its original form, the Tour allowed promising young aristocratic British men to complete their educations abroad. However at its heart was a dichotomy between the stoic nation-building aspirations of the British Empire, and the unruly desires of a generation of outrageously privileged young men who were let loose on the world for the first time with practically no restrictions.

This contradiction provided the inspiration for Western Australian artist Andrew Nicholls’ solo exhibition at The Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2018-2019, and in this talk he introduces the history of the Tour in all its fabulous decadence, and its profound and ongoing influence on Western culture and society.

About the artist:

Andrew Nicholls is an Australian/British artist, writer, and curator based in Perth, Australia. While primarily drawing-based, his art practice also incorporates ceramics, photography, and expansive site-based curatorial projects. He particularly draws inspiration from heritage sites and museum collections, and has coordinated group and solo residencies at numerous iconic locations including the Spode China Factory, the Freud Museum London, and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Nicholls has exhibited across Australia, Southeast Asia, Italy and the United Kingdom. He has been the recipient of two Creative Development Fellowships from the Western Australian Government, and undertaken commissions for organisations in Australia and the United States, including a $250,000 ceiling mural for the City of Perth Library, in 2016. Nicholls has curated projects for organisations including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Object Galleries, Sydney. His work is represented in collections including Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the City of Perth, and the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings. The Art Gallery of Western Australia showed his major solo exhibition, Hyperkulturemia, from 2018-2019.

When: 6pm to 7pm, Wednesday 16 June.

Cost: $25 plus booking fee.

Where: Bunbury Council Function Room | 4 Stephen St, Bunbury WA.

Please note: Places are limited and are expected to fill quickly.

Payment can be made at the BRAG Reception or online through Eventbrite:

For further information please contact BRAG Education Officer, Amber Norrish: (08) 9792 7321, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Image courtesy of the artist.



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