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2 - 9 May 2021


Per person, twin share.

Single supplement $1000aud

The Artists Eye will be booked through the Mudgee Tourism payment portal. A full refund {less credit card fees} is guaranteed for covid related emergencies such as closed borders, covid medical diagnosis or government mandated restrictions. 

Your Facilitator:

Jan Irvine Nealie - spent her distinguished career as a Visual artist working in a contemporary textile medium with her work, Bones of Paths, held in the National Gallery Australia. 

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Event Concept

The Artists Eye is an exploration of aesthetics, art and the relationship between local  artists and their place of work & living. It seeks to inform the attendees personal artistic appreciation as well as providing an insight into a fascinating region through the lens of its history and its artists. 

Jan Irvine Nealie, whose work Bones of Paths (painted textile) is held in the National  Gallery of Australia, will facilitate interactions with local creatives such as contemporary artist Luke Scibberas at Hill End, her husband Anagama master Chester Nealie in their magnificent property Gulgong, landscape artists Ross and Judy Kurtz in their mudbrick Mudgee home as well as artisans and makers 

throughout the region. Each day is filled with a conversation around art and creativity. How all these people have interpreted the country of Mudgee/Gulgong/Rylstone/Hill End, and then enhanced the local cultural environment with their work, informs much of The Artists Eye. 

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The Mudgee region is powerful country that breathes with story and character: from poet Henry Lawson to the gold miners of Gulgong and Hill End; from the the local Aboriginal people to the heart wrenching tale of Jimmy Governor {the basis for the  classic movie, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith}. 


Added to this roster of creative talents is a visit to the Rosby Wines Cellar Door & 

Sculpture Garden, a place where wine, food and art meet in a delightful fusion. The final night showcases local performer, Jude Bowler, and the quirky delights of the Rusty Owl in Gulgong. 


The Ten Dollar Hotel in Gulgong acts as our base, a perfect one centred in the middle of this wonderful heritage town, allowing for easy explorations into the surrounding towns. You can either bring your own car or travel in the provided bus.  

Jan Irvine Nealie will enhance that story by placing it within the broader context of art, its  meaning and value. She will encourage attendees to document their experiences with writings, sketches and journaling so as to better absorb and assimilate this profound experience.  


The Artists Eye is perfect for people who seek to deepen their understanding of  artistic process. By travelling to the font of creative inspiration - the artist’s studio; their home; the landscape in which they work; into their thoughts and inspirations – the works can be understood in the context of a whole life experience rather than a single piece of art.


The Itinerary: 23- 30 May, 2021.

  • This itinerary may be adapted as required, either to enhance its quality or adapt to any coronavirus considerations or weather conditions} 

  • Not assigned a particular time slot in the itinerary are the ongoing talks/workshops with Jan Irvine-Nealie 


Sunday, 23 May 2021: The Holterman Museum and Welcome Address

Arrive 1pm in Gulgong

Check in Ten Dollar Hotel  Welcome at the Holtermann Museum

Introductory talk by Jan Irvine on the development of the Museum before extended personal exploration of its treasures

Dinner at Thai Restaurant included.

{Bus link from Mudgee to be arranged}

Monday, 24 May 2021: The Town of Gulgong

Morning talk on Wet Plate Photography at the Holtermann with photographer Adrian 

Cook explaining the process used by the Holterman photographers

Gulgong walk with locals: absorbing the town 

Visit Henry Lawson Museum with costumed commentary 

Story of Jimmy Governor

Dinner at Ten Dollar  

Tuesday, 25 May 2021: Aesthetics  

Visit to the beautiful home and studio of master Anagama potter Chester Nealie and textile artist Jan Irvine Nealie

Aesthetics and Art

Place and Practice

Dinner in Gulgong



Wednesday, 26 May 2021: Artists of Hill End 

Visit historic Hill End with a masterclass with Luke Scibberas at his home and studio regarding his work and artistic vision

Town walk and activities

Dinner in Mudgee. 


Thursday, 27 May 2021: Food & Wine

Morning in the home of Ross & Judy Kurtz, a multi-generational Mudgee artist. 

Lunch and workshop at Rosby Wines Cellar Door & Sculpture Garden

Dinner in Gulgong.


Friday, 28 May 2021: Artisans  

Framed as a day of creative delights

Visit Lue: Bonsai Academy with lecture on the philosophy of bonsai

Rylstone: Japanese dumplings cafe

Convent and Chapel 

Wool tour and wander thru town

Kandos: Brett Nutting of Ad Hoc Furniture. 

Dinner in Gulgong. 



Saturday, 29 May 2021:  Music

Morning to absorb the weeks experience and wonder through Gulgong

Final discussion with Jan Irvine Nealie at the famous Gulgong Opera House

Evening performance from local comedian/actor/singer Jude Bowler & Catered dinner. 


Sunday, 30 May 2021: Depart after breakfast.

{Bus link to Mudgee to be arranged} 

Itinerary Notes 

•Bus will be organised to pick up from the nearby town of Mudgee which can be reached by air, bus or train. A return link will be offered back to Mudgee on the final Sunday morning at 9 am.  

•Attendees are welcome to drive directly to Gulgong to commence the program. 

•A luxury coach will provide links througout the week to the various excursions, 

however attendees will be welcomed to follow in private cars if they prefer. None of the drives are more than 2 hours



The tour price is $3990 AUD.

The Single Supplement to secure a single room is $1000 AUD


  • Twin share accomodation 

  • Single supplement available for $1000 AUS. 

  • Fully curated artistic experience as per published itinerary. 

  • Breakfasts will be provided daily. Lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Evening meals on Sunday and Saturday nights 

  • Coach transport is available although attendees are able to travel in their own vehicles if preferred. 

  • Jan Irvine-Nealie to facilitate all interactions with artists and artisans. 

  • Bus links to Mudgee on first Sunday and return on last Sunday. If arriving in private vehicle you can drive directly to Gulgong. 

  • Tour manager running programs. 

  • surprises you will have to take out word for. 



¥Alcohol except for a wine tasting at Rosby Wines Cellar Door & Sculpture Garden 

¥Travel to and from starting point. 


SINGING WITH THE MYSTICS starts in Delhi at the Ambassador Hotel at 2pm on the Saturday, 27th February, 2021 and concludes after breakfast on the Sunday 14 March, from the same hotel.


Upon booking I will forward you the contact details of the TBi travel agent if you would like to come earlier or later. She will  be happy to suggest itineraries that include the Taj Mahal which will have chosen not to visit.


The jet lag issue with India is not huge, but if you were chosing to spend some extra time I would suggest you go earler to acclimatise. Our program will be pretty intense.


  • The Artists Eye will be booked through the Mudgee Tourism payment portal. A full refund {less credit card fees}is guaranteed for covid related emergencies such as closed borders, covid medical diagnosis or government mandated restrictions.  

  • All attendees will be required to comply with current coronavirus protocols. 

  • Full Terms & Conditions appear below the itinerary. Booking assumes that you  have read and agreed to these conditions.



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