A NEW TV PROGRAM
Antiques DownUnder is a new ten-part television series taking Australia's rare treasures, curious collectables, unique history, and diverse culture to the world.
The aim is to entertain audiences with intriguing stories and engaging features.
The series has been bought by Channel Nine, and strong national and international distribution is expected. The program is currently airing on 9Gem, Fridays at 7:30pm.
Hosts Gregory Bickford and Claudia Chan Shaw are travelling Australia, visiting antique fairs, cultural museums, galleries, private collections, historic homes, and back-yard sheds, in search of interesting collections. They chat with the experts, the custodians, the curators, the collectors, and the enthusiasts: sharing the stories of exceptional objects that have found their way Down Under or been made locally.
Regular segments include …
A FEATURED COLLECTOR
A close look at a collection and the enthusiast who created it
WHAT IS IT?
A curious mystery antique object is introduced to the audience to identify. Viewers may also play along at home by posting their suggestions online. The next week all is revealed by an antiques expert with rewards for the winning online entries.
A visit to a heritage site, such as a museum, theatre or other public collection, to gain insights into what can be seen, and the people who curate these items for current and future generations.
Gregory Bickford is an antiques dealer and and expert who is inspired by Australian history. This passion has taken Gregory all over the world, buying and selling antiques for himself and others. In recent years he has been the event convenor for the Strathalbyn Antique Fair, Adelaide Antique Fair, and Collectacon (a collectables fair).
CLAUDIA CHAN SHAW
Claudia has enjoyed a diverse career as a TV and radio presenter, curator, designer,
arts commentator, collector, author, and public speaker. Inspired by objects of the past, and in particular Art Deco design, Claudia is probably best known as a presenter on the popular ABC TV
Specialists and their passions
Lee has been dealing in antique ceramics for over 10 years, and has extensive experience in pottery, porcelain, and glass.