InART Bespoke Art Experiences – Tim Storrier’s Studio & More

Jenny Garber & Angeline CollingsThose lovely luxe ladies at InART in Sydney, Jenny Garber and Angeline Collings are offering some very interesting ‘pop up’ events at Sydney in Spring.

Angeline has over twenty years now in working in the creative world attached to the arts, including private and corporate collections. With excellent credentials she is at one with Jenny Garber, as they both act as conduits proving that work is ‘love made visible’.

Both skilled in the art of conversation and communication, Angeline and Jenny offer a quality arts product that anticipates, meets and exceeds the expectations of their clients, giving full value and best experiences by remaining highly service-oriented.

They promote an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect, offering all their clients a VIP InART experience that could include lunch with a leading art figure, afternoon tea in the home of a private collector or evening drinks in the studio of a renowned artist.

Saturday August 22nd is the day you can choose to take a trip to the glorious southern highlands of New South Wales to visit the home and gallery of the luminary multi award winning artist Tim Storrier AM.

Former director of the Sydney art gallery Edmund Capon at Melbourne in 2006 said that Tim Storrier’s works ‘evoke a unique and absolute sense of place – they could have come from no other country, no other landscape, no other sensibility, and no other single imagination’.

hopewood-bowral-1Tim Storrier and his wife live in the delightful historically important Hopewood House at Bowral, which dates from 1884.

The building has all the hallmarks of a house of the late Victorian age whose architectural influences range from classical English elegance and Georgian grace to Italian Baroque grandeur with a touch of Dutch dash.

Today it retains 11 acres of land, complete with circular carriageway, manicured gardens, a tennis court, guest cottage, caretakers cottage, conservatory and splendid reception rooms; a home and select venue.

This is a ‘bustling rural retreat’ where a great deal is happening. Animals abound and handsome hedges, towering pine and birch trees ensure it is an oasis of calm.

Countryside as beautiful as that around Bowral would provide a sanctuary for any artist to work and fulfill their creative potential, and Storrier is known for paying attention to every detail of his works, meticulously


Full of melancholy and romance Tim Storrier’s simply splendid portrait of a Histrionic Wayfarer, which is also full of humour and pathos, won him the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2012.

Storrier grew up on the land, but has succeeded in the city too, and the beautiful countryside surrounding Bowral makes this area the perfect halfway house between city and country, perhaps a dream place to live.

The studio he works in started life as stables for one of Sydney’s famous Hordern family and so heritage is an important aspect of his work.

Inspired by such greats as Russell Drysdale, Donald Friend and Sir William Dargie as a young sensitive artist, Storrier has become over the years in his own words ‘technically.. more capable’.

He likes to explore the concepts of culture in our society.

This includes the mythology surrounding many of its established iconic characters like those created by comedian, actor, satirist, artist, and author Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (1934-).

In 2014 Storrier’s extraordinary Les is more… an insightful portrait of Humphries’ swarmy sleazy character Sir Les Patterson, who was a lecherous and offensive ‘cultural attache’ when I first encountered him, won the Archibald’s ‘Packing Room Prize’.

This means he was the favourite of the Gallery staff who receive, unpack and hang the entries.

Tim Storrier studio Courtyard with Peacock "Marine Boy" 11/14If you enjoy the day with InART you will also be able to view the Storrier’s personal collection of Australian art, reflecting both the ‘intellectual and emotive loyalty to his own experience’.

Those participating will ‘rendezvous for coffee in Bowral first.

At Hopewood House in her husband’s Studio Tim Storrier’s wife Janet will discuss both his works and practice. Awarded an AM in 1994, his works have been exhibited internationally including at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

All our national institutions have examples of his works.

A walk in the extensive grounds where the artist was captured by photographer Paul Green in his studio’s courtyard enjoying a very fine Peacock display, follows.

Finally enjoying lunch in the Conservatory in the grounds will ensure that everyone has the time to socialise and to discuss Australian art while relaxing in considerable style.

Sounds like a wonderful encounter with creativity.

Sydney ContemporaryWednesday 9th September in Spring you can enjoy a great InART VIP private exclusive access preview experience for the Opening at Carriageworks in Sydney of Australia’s International Art Fair, Sydney Contemporary.

This is an event tailored to collectors, industry professionals and the art loving public, with five exhibition sectors that showcase emerging and established artists working across all media.

This year a new addition will be ‘Paper Contemporary’ featuring works by international and national printmakers.

Highlights of this tour include a champagne viewing at the home and gallery of art dealer Richard Martin.

That’s followed by Lunch at the Centennial Hotel in glamour Sydney suburb Woollahra.

There are opening night refreshments and with luxury transport between the venues.

InART Personalised tours can also be arranged between 10 – 12th September.

Frieze1October brings three incredibly special days in London, UK, to enjoy a Preview at the Frieze London Art Fair held in the glorious surrounds of Regent Park.

Visit the Private Treaty Gallery at Sotheby’ and enjoy a walk around marvellous Mayfair meeting and greeting the dynamic gallery directors of the local galleries, accompanied by London based art advisor Angus Haldane.

Raymond-Blanc-Le-ManoirYou can have lunch at Hix Restaurant in Browns Hotel and visit the the Albion Barn Gallery and Collection in rural Oxfordshire.

There in the glories of the English countryside can also enjoy lunch at the iconic Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons restaurant where famed chef Raymond Blanc crafts his cuisine as a fine art experience.

Very Special fine art experiences are enjoyed by all those who choose to travel with the girls from InART, who definitely know how to travel in style and offer their guests very special experiences.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015


Sat 22 August, 2015 – TIM STORRIER – The Artist @ Home
Hopewood House, Bowral
Wed 9 September, 2015 – Private VIP Preview Day
10 – 12 September, 2015 – Art Fair Tours – By Private Appointment
13 – 15 October, 2015 (TBC)



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