Art & Travel Committee

The McIntosh Gallery Art & Travel Committee in conjunction with Alumni Western is comprised of volunteers who organize a range of art, architectural, historical, and cultural focused tours.  They offer day trips to galleries, museums and institutes nearby; 2-5 day trips within North America, and longer international trips. They also present, in conjunction with member Mary Redekop, lecture series on a variety of art history subjects. 

All profits from their activities are donated to the McIntosh Gallery in support of its acquisition and other agreed programs. The McIntosh Gallery Art & Travel Committee commenced their work in 2014 and have to date contributed funds for the acquisition of Shelley Niro's  Parallel Worlds of Women and Warriors.

Current Trips

Christian Dior exhibition and lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum
Thursday March 8, 2018
Adults - $99
Seniors/Western Alumni - $95
Includes Transportation, Admission, Lecture/Exhibit, Snacks and Gratuities.

Curious about what it takes to mount an exhibition at the ROM? Join Dr. Alexandra Palmer along with members of the Christian Dior project team as they present the complex task of developing an exhibition from inception to development to display. Speakers: Dr. Alexandra Palmer, Senior Curator and the Exhibition Project Team of the Dior Exhibition.

After the lecture you will have the opportunity to explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of the Second World War. Celebrating the House of Christian Dior’s 70th anniversary, Christian Dior features a selection of breathtaking designs from daytime to evening wear for grand occasions, and explores how and why Christian Dior’s iconic lines, luxury textiles, and romantic embroideries laid the foundation for the global success of the fashion house.

7:45 AM - NEW PARKING LOCATION - Bus departs from the south west side of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the former Target Store
11 AM - Lecture “Designing Dior” by Senior Curator, Dr Alexandra Palmer
12 PM - Complimentary Coffee, Tea & Treats in Theatre Rotunda
12:30 PM - Exhibition Visit with Introductory Remarks
1:15 PM - Free time on your own– lunch, shopping, more exhibits, or visit the Gardiner Museum adjacent to ROM
3 PM  - Board the Coach for departure to London

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Julie Doran 519-439-7520,  ejuliedoran@outlook.com 


Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House in Buffalo
Wednesday April 25, 2018
Max 25 people - Reserve now!
Adults - $165
Seniors/Western Alumni - $160
Includes: Transportation, Admissions/Tours of the Albright Knox & the Darwin Martin House Lunch, Snacks and Gratuities ´┐╝

Located in the heart of Buffalo’s cultural district, the Albright Knox Art Gallery is a world class art museum. The gallery is a major showplace of modern and contemporary art. The Darwin D. Martin House National Historic Landmark was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1903 and 1905. Built for the Larkin Soap Company executive, Darwin D. Martin, the complex is considered one of Wright’s greatest residential works during the Prairie House period, set in a harmonious landscape. Visitors will be able to tour the Darwin house and stroll through the grounds and Gardener’s House shop.

7:30 AM - NEW PARKING LOCATION - Bus departs from the south west side of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the former Target Store
11 AM - Guided tour of the highlights of the permanent collection, Albright-Knox Museum
12:15 PM - Lunch at the AK Cafeteria
1:15 PM - Depart to Darwin Martin House
1:30 PM - Guided tour of the Darwin Martin House
2:30 PM - Tour the grounds and gift shop on your own
3:30 PM - Board the coach to return to London

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Julie Doran 519-439-7520,  ejuliedoran@outlook.com 


1920s extravagance and opulence sweep across the stage of Berlin's Grand Hotel
Thursday June 7, 2018 (reserve tickets by April 1, 2018)
Adults - $140
Seniors/Alumni - $135
Includes: transportation, theatre ticket, snacks and gratuities

Check into the lavish Grand Hotel, where the lives of ten hotel guests collide over one unforgettable night. Love. Betrayal. ´┐╝Jealousy. Murder. And the glamour of Berlin in the Roaring Twenties. Soaring with songs and dance, it’s the mesmerizing ´┐╝musical about what happens when our deepest, most desperate passions are unleashed. Winner of five Tony Awards.

8 AM - NEW PARKING LOCATION - Bus departs from the south west side of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the former Target Store
11 AM - Arrival in Niagara-on-the-Lake -- Explore, shop and lunch on your own
1:30 PM - Meet at Royal George Theatre for Transportation to Festival Theatre
4:30 PM - Board the Coach for departure to London

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Patricia Elliott 226-663-4540 pjelliott5@rogers.com or Kathleen Brown 519-645-2077 kpbrown888@gmail.com


Previous Trips

  Art Toronto

Art Toronto - Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art
Friday, October 27 2017

Adult - $149
Seniors/Western Alumni - $145
Includes: Transportation, Admissions, Tours, Lectures, Snacks, Gratuities and
Prix Fixe Dinner at Canyon Creek Restaurant, across the street at 156 Front St.

9:30AM Bus departs from the west of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the Cineplex theatre
12:30PM Admission to Art Toronto- Metro Toronto Convention Centre
1:00-4:30PM Tour by James Patten, Director/Curator of McIntosh Gallery, Talks and free time to view gallery exhibits
4:30PM Dinner at Canyon Creek – departure to London following dinner

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Julie Doran 519-439-7520 ejuliedoran@outlook.com OR
Stefan Andrejicka 519-661-9675 stefan5585@rogers.com


Aga Khan

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Adult - $99 Seniors/Western Alumni - $95
Includes Transportation, Admissions, Architecture & Exhibit Tours, Snacks and Gratuities.

8AM Bus departs from the west of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the Cineplex theatre
11AM Guided architectural and exhibit tours - Aga Khan Museum
12:30PM Lunch on your own in either Diwan Restaurant (for reservations, please call 416-646-4670)
or the cafeteria.
1:30pm - 2:30  PM Guided Tour of the Ismaili Centre
(Removal of shoes required/no head covering necessary)
3 PM Board the Coach for 3:15 departure to London

“The aim of the Aga Khan Museum will be to offer unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history binding us all together. My hope is that the Museum will also be a centre of education and of learning, and that it will act as a catalyst for mutual understanding and tolerance.“
-His Highness the Aga Khan


In designing the Aga Khan Museum, Fumihiko Maki, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, used light to animate the building in myriad ways: throwing patterns on the exterior walls of Brazilian granite, enhancing interior spaces, and illuminating the open-roofed courtyard. The building’s compact footprint — 81 metres long and 54 metres wide — contains an impressive variety of spaces, including two exhibition galleries, areas for art conservation and storage, and a 350-seat theatre. This trip includes: a guided tour of the highly acclaimed Arts of the East from the Bruschetti Collection (13th-17th Century), an Architectural Tour of the Museum plus a Tour of the Ismaili Centre.

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Gloria Hinton 519-645-6864 gloria.hinton@sympatico.ca OR
Helen Luckman 519-438-1465 h.luckman@sympatico.ca