Come Away with Us

Art Tours

Come Away with Us Art Tours are led by Gallery owner Kerrie Bowles.

If you’d like to know where we might be off to next make sure you’re on our emailing list to be one of the first to find out.

Come Away With Us



May 14 – 17, 2021


Day visitors still welcome to join us

  • Uralla details


    Day visitors still welcome to join us!

    Cowper Art Gallery and Studio is thrilled to announce that we are ready to venture off on our Art Tours again and we’re about to set off to Uralla.

    Tour dates – May 14 – 17, 2021.

    Tour Cost: $700.00 per person (twin share/double only available)

    If you live locally we’d love to have you join us! We’re offering two special prices for locals – see below.

    $300.00 For DAY Visitors (tuition only)

    $360.00 For DAY Visitors (tuition and lunch included)

    Enjoy three nights away with us in the beautiful New England ranges around Uralla. Your tutor for this tour will be watercolour artist Harry Westera and we will be painting the landscape of New England. Beautiful rolling hills, long and sweeping plains and stunning rocky outcrops abound in this area.

    We can’t wait to see the gorgeous autumn colours at this time of year!

    Tour Inclusions:

    • Accommodation – three nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) accommodation in the shearers quarters at Taylor’s Run in Kentucky. Kentucky is aprox. 20 minutes drive from Uralla. We have booked the entire quarters for our painting group.
    • All meals on Saturday and Sunday – breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as morning and afternoon teas. Breakfast before departure on Monday.
    • Two full day’s tuition with Harry – all day Saturday and Sunday. We will paint many scenes around this beautiful area. Harry’s approach to painting is: simplify, simplify, simplify!  He will do several demonstration paintings in watercolour, showing how to quickly select what is important and leave out the non-essentials.

    Tour Exclusions:

    • travel to and from Uralla (Kentucky)
    • meals other than those included above – no meal on Friday evening
    • alcohol and drinks (BYO)
    • personal incidentals and extras
    • painting equipment and supplies

    Email Kerrie for an information brochure with full details and itinerary.

Come Away with Us



5th – 15th October 2020

  • Japan details

    Come Away with Us to Japan

    POSTPONED to a future date.

    Join us as we travel to Japan and immerse ourselves in a ten day Shibori, Indigo and Japanese Textiles workshop with Bryan Whitehead.

    Bryan runs a small textile school at his 150-year-old farmhouse that focuses on indigo dyeing, natural dyes, shibori, stencil dyeing (katazome), thread making from silk cocoons, and weaving on traditional Japanese looms. The farmhouse is situated in a serene tea-growing mountain village just outside of Tokyo. The village was designated as one of ‘The Most Scenic One Hundred Mountain Villages in Japan’. Spring and autumn are particularly beautiful times of the year there.

    Originally from the West Coast of Canada, Bryan has been living in Japan for 30 years, farming and processing indigo for 24 years, and rearing silkworms for 20 years. The silk cocoons are reeled into thread, dyed with natural dyes and woven into Japanese textiles using traditional tools.

Tour Costs

Ten Day workshop at Bryan’s – Cost 350,000 Yen. To calculate how much this is in Australian dollars use

You will pay this cost directly to Bryan – I will give you instructions on how to do this. This payment will need to be finalised by the end of March 2020.


*All fees for the workshops including materials.

*Ten nights’ accommodation at the farmhouse, (double occupancy.)

*All breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the farmhouse.

*All transportation in Japan from the time we meet Bryan on Day One until and including the return train tickets back to Tokyo station on Day Ten.

*Folkcraft Museum Entrance fee.

*Cost of Indigo workshop in Hachioji.

*There is plenty of beer and wine at the house but if you are a heavy drinker or have some expensive taste in alcohol there is a liquor shop not far away!


 *International airfares

*Hotel or Guesthouse in Tokyo before and after the workshop

*Travel Insurance

*Restaurant meals whilst at Bryan’s. Some dinners will be decided on that particular day according to how we feel. Dinners in are covered. Dinners out are not covered. All restaurants will be reasonably priced.

Contact us now and we’ll send you the full details

Past Tours Videos and Photos

Tenterfield 2019

Norfolk Island 

January 2019

The Gorge

September 2018