Special Event Coming Up

A SPECIAL EVENT coinciding with Sturt’s exhibition, Punu, living wood, features artists from Maruku Arts

Billy and Lulu Cooley

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

Wednesday 10 April-Thursday 11 April, 11.00am-12.30pm and 1.45pm-3.00pm

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

Saturday 13 April

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

Sunday 14 April

  • 11.00am-12.00pm: Exhibition opening with Terri Janke BA.LLB (UNSW), Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company.
  • 1.00pm-2.30pm: Interactive public demonstration

Friends of Sturt volunteer call-out

Friends of Sturt are seeking a volunteer to assist for three hours on one Wednesday each month in the Archives building, to help sort and catalogue archive and collection material. If you are interested in lending your time, please call Denise Sumner on 02 4868 2425.

Propose an exhibition for 2020

Do you have a great idea for an exhibition that will appeal to broad audiences and generate income for artists? If so, we would love to hear from you. Full details of how to submit an exhibition proposal can be found on the Sturt website. The planning of the 2020 exhibition programme will commence in April. 

Short Courses 2019

Our Short Course programme for 2019 is now online and available for bookings. The first weekend of Short Courses will take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May from 9.30am until 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 where 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.

In 2013 Shoalhaven-based fibre artist, Lissa de Sailles, won a local scholarship that enabled her to study with master basket maker, the late Jim Wallis. This style of basket was one of Jim’s signature works and as he wished for his work to be carried on after his death, he taught Lissa his repertoire over a period of four months. Since that time, Lissa has added her own touch to these beautiful and unique baskets which reflect the colours and patterns of the Australian landscape. 

Origami Surface with Angharad Rixon

Level: All levels | Cost: $310 + materials TBA

You will explore couture pleating, experimenting with traditional corrugated and flat pleats which can be used to create geometric surface patterns. We will 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. This workshop is suited to artists who are looking for techniques to take their 2D textiles into three dimensions.

Angharad Rixon is a technical textile historian specialising in lace and passementerie. Her studies in Italy, Switzerland and Spain have led to skills in a variety of off-loom techniques. Angharad lectures in Milan and Florence and consults for museums and universities around the world.

Winter School 2019

The Winter School programme is now open for online bookings and courses are beginning to fill. Winter School will take place from 8 to 12 July and there are 16 courses on offer for adults plus daily classes for children. A reminder that we offer competitive accommodation and meals packages, making our Winter School a unique cultural experience.

Our current exhibition…

ALUMNI 2 – new work by selected graduates from Sturt School for Wood 2006-2016 - Continues until 7 April

The Sturt School for Wood was established in 1985 as an intensive training place for aspiring fine furniture makers and designers. Over 30 years later the School has built a national and international reputation offering an unrivalled course taught by some of the best fine furniture makers and teachers working in Australia and overseas. 

In this follow-up exhibition to our first staged in 2017, we will showcase makers who graduated from Sturt in the period fro 2006 to 2016, a time when the School began to establish a national reputation for the quality of the makers it produced.

Artists include: Isabel Avendano, Chris Bartkus, Phoebe Everill, Ian Factor, Bailey Farmer, Ray Garnsey, Mark Gudgin, Steve Harper, Darryl Ingate, Christopher Neal, Darren Oates, Grant Robertson, Adrian Spano, Ruth Thompson, and Orest Danylak.

Our next exhibition…

Punu – living wood - 14 April to 2 June

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

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, today Maruku 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.

Niningka Lewis is a skilled punu artist proficient in sculptures, however she is also renowned for her walka boards — burnt etching on board where she adds paint in sections often depicting personal memories from her childhood as well as her first connate experiences.

Billy Cooley is a master carver producing intricately carved snakes made from various desert timbers that he sources and shapes to bring to life wanampi water serpents, each one uniquely realistic with distinctive markings that are etched to represent scales and patterns. His work is highly regarded and in many collections around the world.

Lulu Cooley is Minyma Ulkumunu, a senior Aboriginal Woman, and a consummate carver specialising in pita and wira traditional bowls. The pita, or wooden bowl, is a traditional woman’s carrying vessel for food and water. Lulu has developed a distinctive scallop pattern to her creations that evolved after observation of her mother’s work.

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 artist, Peter Swain, a Wiradjuri Warrambinga man and a direct descendant of Peggy and Jimmy Lambert, the Daby people of Rylstone. Peter has been sharing his Aboriginal culture and expertise in schools for the last ten years. He is a practising artist having exhibited in galleries across NSW, ACT and Victoria showing works of mixed media. Peter makes tools and artefacts and teaches Boomerang making and throwing.

The Yirran Miigaydhu Weavers (meaning many women weaving in Dharawal) will showcase some of their work made from local fibres and native grasses. The group learns traditional methods of making to create works in their own individual style such as coil baskets, bark water carriers, dilly bags, animal sculptures, random weave baskets, fishnets and adornments.

The exhibition opening will take place on Sunday 14 April at 11.00am and will be 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 www.sturt.nsw.edu.au or to make a booking or enrolment call Sturt Shop on 02 4860 2083 or email shop@sturt.nsw.edu.au