Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

David Henderson

After initial studies in architecture, David Henderson spent four years at London’s Royal Academy Schools where he was awarded the S.J. Solomon prize for figure painting and was twice selected for the Academy’s annual summer exhibition. Since then, he has held over 30 solo exhibitions in London, Rome, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. His work has been selected for a number of prestigious group exhibitions, including the New English Art Club, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and Tattersall’s Landscape Prize. David has been the recipient of numerous awards including – on two occasions – Best of Show at the Brisbane Rotary art exhibition. In 2021, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Queensland Art Society. David has lectured for the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland University of Technology and the Brisbane Institute of Art. He has accompanied over 50 tours for ASA to Italy, France, the UK and the USA and now spends a part of each year living and working in Italy. David 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:


Travel Tuesdays: Explore the World Virtually
Renaissance Venice saw the emergence of some of the most celebrated names in art history.


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Palladio, Veronese and the Villa Barbaro at Maser.

Past Tours

David first joined ASA in 1996 and has since led over 50 ASA tours including programs to Italy & Sicily, France and the United Kingdom. His tours include:

  • Art & Landscapes of Southern Queensland (2022)
  • Sicily & the Aeolian Islands (2019, 2022)
  • The Nearest Thing to Paradise: A Literary Tour of Southern France (co-led with Susannah Fullerton, 2022)
  • ‘Where the roads lead’: A Literary & Artistic Journey from the Darling Downs to Fraser Island (co-led with Susannah Fullerton, 2022)
  • ‘Painted with Feeling’: Portraits, Artists and Sitters (with Susannah Fullerton, 2022)
  • There was movement at the station’: A Literary & Artistic Journey from the foothills of the Snowy Mountains to the Central Tablelands (co-led with Susannah Fullerton, 2021)
  • My Country’: A Literary & Artistic Journey through New England and the Hunter Valley (co-led with Susannah Fullerton, 2021, 2022)
  • 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)