Welcome to Sturt 2019

A new year has started for Frensham term classes and the Sturt School for Wood. Over the Christmas and New Year break we enjoyed a fantastic Sturt Summer School with over 220 students and 24 tutors across the Sturt and Frensham campuses. 

We welcome Ian Bromley as our new Course Coordinator for the School for Wood plus four graduates from the Wood School cohort of 2018 who will be renting space at Sturt as ‘resident woodworkers’ – Lou Harriss, Luke McLennan, Ian Bromley and Aldo Dezani.

An exciting exhibition programme for 2019 begins with ‘Alumni 2’ – new work by selected graduates of the Sturt School for Wood from 2006 to 2016.

Sturt School for Wood 2019

Sturt School for Wood 2019 – L-R: Matthew Wheeler (with Ned), Aymeric Motte, Jeff Conroy, Steven Giannuzzi, Peter Bull (Technical Assistant), David Briggs, Tyla Veney, Eliza Maunsell, Chi Yusuf, Matthew O'Brien, Phoebe Everill (Term 1 Tutor), Leon Curtis, Ian Bromley (Coordinator, Sturt School for Wood), Kazu Quill and Daniel Leone.

Residencies in 2019

A programme of residencies in 2019 will include a visit in April by two artists from Maruku Arts to work in Punu - traditional wood carving and sculpture. Prior to the opening of her exhibition with us in September, we will welcome Rachel Wood from England for a professional residency in ceramics. We will also welcome back Scottish furniture designer, Isabelle Moore, who will be teaching Term 4 in the School for Wood. Graduate residents for 2019 include jewellery maker, Brooke Coutts-Wood, and furniture maker, Wayne Creaser.

Winter School 2019

This year’s Winter School will take place from 8 to 12 July. There are 16 courses on offer for adults plus daily classes for children. The full programme is on the website with the brochure out in March. Sturt offers competitive accommodation and meals packages, making the Winter School a unique cultural experience.

Current Exhibitions 

New Design 3 and the National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2018
Until 10 February

The third exhibition in the series of New Design exhibitions at Sturt brings together a diverse group of designers and makers to showcase work that is pushing at the boundaries of the extraordinary. The selected artists are constantly evolving their making practice, incorporating new technologies and thinking. The exhibition will bring together separate creations in furniture, textiles, glass, paper, ceramics, resin and Indigenous craft to complement each other, and includes: furniture and woodwork by Aidan Morris, Steve Harper, Grant Robertson, Max Harper and Rachael Hanrick; textiles by Bonnie and Neil; ceramics by Amy Hicks and Sarah Ormonde; glass by Scott Chaseling; paper weaving by Gunjan Aylawadi; and mixed media vases by Kanun Onsel.

The 2018 National Contemporary Jewellery Award is a biennial acquisitive award exhibition from Griffith Regional Art Gallery that encourages new work in the world of Australian Jewellery. Sturt has supported the project for a number of years and offers a residency at Sturt as one of the exhibition prizes.

Our Next Exhibition

ALUMNI 2 – new work by selected graduates from Sturt School for Wood 2006-2016
17 February to 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 Alumni exhibition staged in 2017, we will showcase makers who graduated from Sturt 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. Artists include: Isabel Avendano, 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.

The exhibition opening, held during Sturt’s Tools & Techniques Weekend, will take place on Sunday 17 February at 11.00am. The exhibition will be opened by special guest, Raymond Scott, Director of Workshopped.


Tools & Techniques Weekend
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 February 10am to 4pm

This annual boutique event, held in Sturt’s historic School for Wood, includes displays and sales by Australia's finest toolmakers and specialist timber suppliers along with scheduled woodwork demonstrations conducted by leading furniture makers.  Refreshments will be available along with free admission and parking.

Friends of Sturt Annual General Meeting, Sturt Cottage
Sunday 17 February 2.30pm

Consider taking on a role helping FOS in its many activities supporting and fundraising for Sturt. We invite you to come along to the meeting and join the committee for light refreshments and a review of the year past.

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 0248 602083 or email shop@sturt.nsw.edu.au