Who are we?

The Artist Expedition Society is a tour operator and creative community 100% operated by founder Anna Dakin.

The Artist Expedition Society is based in Alice Springs, Central Australia. We explore the world we live in and want to learn more about our amazing planet, and we do that by exploring beautiful places, learning, and making art. 

As well as operating art tours in Central Australia,  The Artist Expedition Society brings together a community of artists with the same desire: to have experiences in nature, to document those experiences through art, and to share that art as a tool to communicate something about those experiences. 

The Artist Expedition Society’s mission is to provide authentic knowledge building experiences, to find space to consider our relationship to place, nature, and designed environments, and to host events and exhibitions that bring our community together. 

Our Trips

Join us for an art tour in Central Australia. 

We specialise in art tours in remote Central Australia. We do our best to help you experience and connect with remote landscapes.

Our trips are for people who want to spend time investigating the environment rather than rushing through. Our guides will take time sharing knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology, and some local cultural history of the area.

Our trips encourage you to apply your own creative practice to remote environments, and our exhibitions share a part of those experiences. 

We lead art classes and creative experiences that are suitable for beginners or seasoned artists. Check out our TRIPS page for more information. 

Our Community

The Artist Expedition Society hosts exhibitions and events that say something about what it means to live on our planet. 

From outdoor exhibitions and online seminars, to workshops on mountain tops. Our community get together in all sorts of wild ways. 

You can get see archived exhibitions and events, and find open calls for participation in upcoming exhibitions and events on our EXHIBITION page. Keep up to date with what we’re doing by liking our INSTAGRAM page.

Who is AES for?

The Artist Expedition Society is for anybody who is looking to connect with the natural world and respond to it in a creative way. 

You can join us on an art tour from our base in Alice Springs, Central Australia, or participate in an exhibition or event from anywhere in the world. 

Absolute beginners and seasoned experts are encouraged to join us for art tours in Central Australia. Our trips are open for people travelling in groups and solo travellers – you are guaranteed to meet like minded people on an art tour with The Artist Expedition Society. 

To join an exhibition or event, you need to submit a proposal or respond to an open call. These are listed on our EXHIBITION page and advertised on our Instagram page.

The Beginnings

The Artist Expedition Society was thought up by Anna Dakin during her time at The Royal College of Art. Anna’s long term love affair with Central Australia led her on a creative journey that saw her own artistic practice evolve through unanticipated forms. Her experimental outlook on art and life is the foundation of the Artist Expedition Society’s philosophy. 

From the UK to Australia, Anna personally operates all Artist Expedition Society tours and experiences, and coordinates the AES events. Reach out to Anna if you are interested in collaborating on an event or chartering The Artist Expedition Society for a tour. 

Contact Us

Please get in contact with owner operator Anna Dakin with any enquiries about trips you’ve booked, trips you’re interested in, or hiring us for a private charter. We are keen to work with corporate groups and can facilitate tailored creative development and team building experiences.

We are often out of phone range during trips. If you can’t get through by phone, please email your name, phone number, and enquiry to Anna and she will get back to you as soon as she can.

Email: anna-dakin@outlook.com

Phone: +61 (0) 477 223 011

Art Tours of Australia

We operate our trips under a new name – Art Tours of Australia. This decisions was really just about branding, as the same energy and perspective guides trips operated under this name. Please click on the logo to find out more about upcoming trips.