A NEW TV PROGRAM
Antiques DownUnder is a new eight-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 generated strong interest from major television networks and media outlets, and strong national and international distribution is expected.
Hosts Gregory Bickford and Claudia Chan Shaw will travel Australia, visiting antique fairs, cultural museums, galleries, private collections, historic homes, and back-yard sheds, in search of interesting collections. They'll 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 will 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.
Industry experts will present hints to help collectors care for their antique treasures and collectables.
Gregory Bickford is an antiques collector 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.