34th World Congress of the International Society
for Education through Art (InSEA 2014)

Wednesday Afternoon Tours of Melbourne’s Cultural Highlights

Melbourne is a fascinating and intriguing city for art educators. It boasts a vibrant visual art environment informed by the cultures of indigenous peoples and of the many waves of European, Middle Eastern and Asian migration over the last 230 years. Melbourne is a city in transition and growth and, as a consequence, the visual arts are at the forefront of its' evolutionary changes.

On Wednesday 9 July, the InSEA2014 organising committee is offering a range of specialist visits and walking tours to places accessible by public transport. These visits are designed to be simple but engaging and are included in the Congress registration fee.

Tours will be held between 1430 – 1600 and delegates are able to collect a packed lunch to take with them from the MCG. Your tour will be lead by an InSEA volunteer. In all cases they will involve walking and the use of public transport such as trams or trains. Some of the venues visited will be small and therefore places on these tours will be limited.

Delegates are able to book one tour from the list below through the registration form or if you have already registered, through the delegate zone to the right of this page. There are minimum numbers for each tour which are listed below. If the tour you would like to attend has reached maximum numbers, please email registration@insea2014.com to join a wait list.


Tour Description

Maximum Number

Melbourne Museum includes: Top Designs 2014; First Peoples, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre and the Aztecs Melbourne's winter masterpieces) exhibition 20
StArt Up – Top Arts 2014 at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), final year secondary students' art exhibition and their developmental folios 30
Creating Connections - Independent Schools Victoria student art exhibition Artworks created by students from all year levels in traditional and new media. Venue; Shell House, No 1 Spring Street, Melbourne. 20
Indigenous art and culture – an introduction through works in the Indigenous galleries the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). 40
Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court – Museo del Prado (Melbourne's winter masterpieces) exhibition at the NGV includes an introduction and self-guided tour 100
Intercultural understanding and the visual arts with NGV educators viewing a range of culturally diverse works from the NGV collection 60
Early Years at the NGV programming/exhibitions/projects: Creating inspiring opportunities for children and families to explore and engage with art and artists 20
Flinders Lane contemporary and commercial art galleries 25
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square TBC
Contemporary, Artist Run Spaces and studio visits 20
Melbourne's famous Street Art Laneways 25
The Dax Centre: explore the emotional and healing dimensions of aboriginal art and the fascinating interface between art and the mind 35
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Australian Tapestry Workshop 25
The Arts Precinct and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) 20
ArtPlay: Hands on art centre for children and families and Signal for young people 13-20 to work with artists TBC
Federation Square: distinctive architecture, engineering marvels, design and history 15
Independent self – guided tours No limit

Choose your own adventure!
If you would prefer an independent self-guided tour, please select and download the PDFs below.

  • Arcades and lanes - Explore Melbourne's lanes, alleyways, little streets, arcades, cafe society and fascinating shops. Walking time 1.5 hours. Distance 2.5 km.;
  • A walk in the park - Magnificent cathedrals, lush parklands and delightful Flinders Lane. Walking time 2 hours. Distance 3.75 km;
  • Secret Gardens - Arts Centre, sculptures, monuments and beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. Walking time 2.5 hours. Distance 6 km.;
  • On the waterfront - Spectacular bridges, Indigenous history, sculptures and Southbank Promenade feature on this walk of discovery. Walking time 2 hours. Distance 4.75 km;
  • The Cosmopolitan - Stunning city views, glamorous Collins St, sophisticated shopping and Chinatown. Walking time 2 hours. Distance 3.75 km. or
  • Elegant Enclaves - Take a stroll from the city to East Melbourne and discover elaborate

Other Tour suggestions

National Sports Museum

The National Sports Museum, located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is home to Australia's finest collection of sporting heritage. The museum is open from 10am-5pm daily, with varied access when sporting events are held at the MCG.

For further information and bookings, click here.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

The MCG Tour gives the visitor the opportunity to relive their great sporting memories through a comprehensive tour of this marvellous stadium, where so many champions of yesterday and today have performed. A fully accredited sports heritage complex and tourism destination, visitors can view the inner sanctum players' change rooms, cricket viewing room and indoor practice facilities, media centre, MCC Library, the famous Long Room and even walk on the arena (subject to availability). See all this and more on an MCG Tour! MCG Tours, which take approximately one hour and includes a tour guide, depart regularly from Gate 3 on all non-event days from 10am-3pm.

For further information and bookings, click here.

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