Sometimes it feels as if Claudia Chan Shaw was born in the wrong era. She is completely captivated by Art Deco design, and even looks the part with her signature bob of shiny black hair.

If you love to travel and share a passion for Art Deco, design, art and history come away with Claudia! How about Shanghai, Havana, Miami, New York…?


In October 2015 Claudia led a 12 day tour to Beijing and Shanghai China : Art Deco to Art Now, which explored China’s fascinating Imperial past and booming contemporary art scene. In Shanghai, the focus of the tour turned to the city’s rich heritage of Art Deco architecture.


Continuing the Art Deco to Art Now series Claudia will embark on her next adventure, Miami and Cuba : Art Deco to Art Now (21 April – 6 May 2017). 

Beginning in Miami to explore its vibrant art deco heritage, Claudia then takes you to Cuba, famous for its rich historical heritage, dramatic landscapes and passion for music and art.

Its exotic cities are graced by a distinctive mixture of architectural styles, from Colonial to Baroque, Neoclassical to Art Deco and Modernism to Post-Modernism. Cuba’s love affair with music is legendary and art lovers are also waking up to Cuba’s long tradition of visual arts, from pre-revolutionary modernism to contemporary.

Cuba has a fabulous patina. It’s like an Aladdin’s lamp. Rub it gently and the genie will emerge. Rub it too much and it will become too shiny. Post-revolutionary Cuba is about to change forever. Curious? Check out the itinerary at

Miami and Havana photos courtesy Liz Gibson.


Then, start spreading the news! It’s off to The Big Apple, New York : Art Deco to Art Now (5 – 14 January 2018).

Claudia turns her attention to New York City, renowned for its rich heritage of Art Deco and embrace of the Jazz Age.

On this tour, see, experience and marvel at New York’s most identifiable architectural style beginning with a fresh look at well-known landmarks such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, followed by a discovery of hidden gems in Brooklyn, the Bronx and beyond.

Then, come right up to date with the art and architecture of today, plus a feast of opera, music and theatre. Detailed information for the New York tour will be available early 2017. .

These fabulous tours are part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.