Last chance to see Alumni 2 Exhibition

ALUMNI 2 – new work by selected graduates from Sturt School for Wood 2006-2016 - Closes 7 April
Don’t miss out on this showcase from makers who graduated from the Sturt School for Wood in the period 2006 to 2016, a time when the School began to establish a national reputation for the quality of the makers it produced. You have until 7 April to view the stunning pieces.

Winter School is filling up!

Courses are filling fast for our next Winter School that will take place from the 8 to 12 July. This year we have 16 courses on offer for adults along with daily classes for children. Remember that we offer competitive accommodation and meal packages, making our Winter School a unique cultural experience. Courses and accommodation can be booked online at Sturt Winter School. 


Coinciding with Sturt’s exhibition, Punu, living wood features artists from Maruku Arts.
Sturt is holding a unique exhibition with Maruku Arts from the Northern Territory. This coincides with a short Artists Residency with senior indigenous artists, Billy and Lulu Cooley, which will incorporate various public demonstrations over the residency period.

Wednesday April 10 & Thursday 11 April
11:00am-12.30pm (both days); 1.45pm-3:00pm (both days)

In this interactive public demonstration, watch, learn and understand the processes involved in carving music sticks and Punu (traditional wood burning designs) led by Billy and Lulu Cooley. All are welcome and school groups encouraged.

Saturday 13 April
10.30am-11.30am: Gallery talk with Curator, Slavica Zivkovic, and Billy and Lulu Cooley.
11.30am-12.30pm: Interactive public demonstration featuring the processes involved in carving music sticks and Punu led by Billy and Lulu Cooley.

Sunday 14 April
11:00am-12:00noon: Exhibition opening with Terri Janke BA.LLB (UNSW), Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company
1:00pm-2.30pm: Interactive public demonstration

Propose an exhibition for 2020

Do you have a great idea for an exhibition that will appeal to a broad audience and generate income for artists? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Full details of how to submit an exhibition proposal can be found on the Sturt website. We will be planning our 2020 exhibition program in April so now is the time to submit your idea.

Short Courses 2019

Our Short Course program for 2019 is now online and available for booking. The first weekend of Short Courses will take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Landscape Basketry with Lissa-Jane de Sailles
Level: All levels| Cost: $310 + materials TBA

Every basket tells a story: Take your weaving skills further. In this workshop you will learn how to weave beautiful patterns into your baskets using colourful twine and wool. We begin by learning the ancient art of twining and how to incorporate asymmetrical patterns into your work. Participants will be able to complete a small basket over the weekend as well as learn how to design a larger project which can be completed independently.

Origami Surface with Angharad Rixon
Level: All levels| Cost: $310 + materials TBA

In this course you will explore couture pleating, experimenting with traditional corrugated and flat pleats which can be used to create geometric surface patterns. Look at the process of design pleating and use this newly learned process to design and make a pleated tote bag in rip-stop nylon that will hold a pleat permanently. This workshop is suited to artists who are looking for techniques to take their 2D textiles into 3-dimensions.

For more information, or to sign up for Short Courses: Sturt Short Courses.

Our next exhibition…

Punu – living wood
4 April to 2 June

This new collaboration between Sturt and Maruku Arts will feature work by senior artists, Niningka Lewis, Billy Cooley and Lulu Cooley, and over 20 other artists including generations of the Cooley family: David Cooley, Sissy Cooley and Janey Cooley.

Punu – living wood Exhibition

Maruku Arts support over 900 artists from the communities surrounding Uluru. Based in Mutitjulu Community, and in the shadow of Ayers Rock Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Maruku today is one of the largest and most successful Indigenous-owned and operated arts organisations. This exhibition is a celebration of punu - objects and paintings that incorporate timber.

Billy and Lulu Cooley will be in residency at Sturt for two weeks from 8 April and will give a series of free demonstrations and talks during this time.

In conjunction with this exhibition will be a display featuring work by local Indigenous artists, Peter Swain and The Yirran Miigaydhu Weavers.  

The Punu – living wood opening will take place on Sunday 14 April at 11:00am with the exhibition officially opened by special guest, Terri Janke, Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company.

Mark Viner, Head of Sturt

Full details of all Sturt courses, exhibitions, residency programs and events can be found on our website or to make a booking or enrolment call Sturt Shop on 02 4860 2083 or email