Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

David Henderson

After initial studies in architecture in Brisbane, David graduated in painting from London’s Royal Academy Schools in 1985. The Royal Academy awarded him a prize for painting, and he was twice selected for their annual summer exhibition. David has held many solo exhibitions of his work in Brisbane, Melbourne and London and has been the recipient of several awards and commendations. David has taught art part-time at various institutions; for many years, he lectured and ran courses in the history of art and design at QUT. David now paints full-time and divides his year between Australia and Italy. Since joining ASA in 1995, David has led over 50 tours to a variety of destinations including Italy, France and the UK. He brings a trained artist’s eye to an analysis of painting, sculpture and architecture and takes great pleasure in sharing his knowledge.

For more about David’s work as an artist, see his website: www.visualartist.info/davidhenderson

See YouTube short commentary “Painting in Venice’ by David Henderson www.youtube.com

See: Grand Tour: Artist Abroad brings home swag of sentimental works, Brisbane News August 26 – September 1 issue.

See a narrated video by David Henderson, in which he makes drawings from a painting by Tintoretto in Venice’s Accademia Galleries as a way of engaging with its composition, technique and subject matter:



Past Tours

David first joined ASA in 1995 and has since led over 50 ASA tours including programs to Italy & Sicily, France and the United Kingdom. His tours include:

  • Sicily & the Aeolian Islands (2019)
  • Southern Italy: Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and the Treasures of Apulia (2019)
  • Gardens of Italy: The Italian Lakes, the Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria & Rome (2018 & 2019)
  • Literary Landmarks of Northern Italy – with Susannah Fullerton (2016 & 2017)
  • Landscapes, Art & Gardens of the Côte d’Azur, Provence & the Cévennes National Park (2016)
  • A Travel Sketchbook: Painting Paris in Watercolour (2015)
  • Europe: A History of Medicine & Pharmacy (2006, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Gardens Masterpieces of Italy & England including the Chelsea Flower Show (2014)
  • Landscapes and Gardens of the Italian Lakes, Côte d’Azur, Provence & the Cévennes National Park (2013, 2015)
  • Gardens of Italy: The Italian Lakes, the Veneto, Tuscany & Rome (2010 & 2011)
  • Art and Gardens of the Côte d’Azur & Provence (2009)
  • The Wine Dark Sea: Southern Italy & Sicily (2005-2008)
  • Bel Paesaggio: the Italian Lakes, the Veneto, Tuscany & the Cinque Terre (2004-2008)
  • The Cinque Terre & the Northern Italian Lakes (2005-2006)
  • Art and Culture in Italy (1999-2005)
  • The Intimate Landscapes of Tuscany & Umbria (1996-2001)
  • The Cultural Landscapes of France (1997 & 1999)
  • Italian Houses and Gardens (1996)