Art Program

The Collection

Inspired by Escapism

The artwork exhibited at The Continental is layered, sophisticated and highly diverse in expression, inspired by the rich history of the town. Through the times, Sorrento has always been about getting away – from work, the city, the family, from oneself. The reimagining of The Continental is a contemporary response to the theme of escapism.

Feature Artist

Azuma Makoto

Commissioned for Audrey’s at The Continental in honour of Scott Pickett’s grandmother, the still life photos titled ‘Audrey’s Garden’ feature flowers and ingredients she loved and grew.

Azuma Makoto is one of the world’s foremost floral artists, whose work has been commissioned by Hermès, Dries Van Noten and Vogue. Azuma Makoto and art curators Broached Commissions are long-standing international creative collaborators.


A Passion for
Accessible Art

Part of the ownership group of The Continental is CEO of the Victor Smorgon Group, Peter Edwards. As one of 15 grandchildren of the late Victor and Loti Smorgon who donated over 150 of their own pieces to Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 1995, he shares their strong belief in the benefits of art to the community.

This passion to make art accessible to the broader public and share the joy of the viewing experience was the main catalyst for the development of the extensive art collection at The Continental.