Shift is an exhibition of new work by graduating students from Sturt School for Wood 2016. Sturt’s world-class Wood School, training Australia’s future fine furniture makers and designers, will celebrate the graduation of its 2016 students and the opening of their end of year exhibition in Sturt Gallery.

The Sturt School for Wood is now more in demand than ever with a full school until 2018. Prepare to be blown away by the quality of the work that will be on display in this important exhibition showcasing emerging talent. A wide range of industry organisations and businesses now support the end of year exhibition for Sturt’s students. 

The 2016 graduation and exhibition opening will take place at 11am on Saturday 19 November with Special guest Tom Skeehan, Designer/Maker Skeehan Studio.

Featured work by Siobhan Appleton, Michelle Brand-Dyke, Nicholas Elliott, Bailey Farmer, Natalie Garven, Mark Gudgin, Rachael Hanrick, Thomas Hume, Alex Johansen, Kate Small

The exhibition will run from 19 November to 4 December.

Materialise – contemporary craft from our region

In a ground breaking exhibition Sturt will shine a light on some of the remarkable makers and designers at work in its own region of the Southern Highlands and Tablelands. This is an exhibition about new work and exceptional artists and will feature work in textiles, woodwork, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, glass and mixed media. This is a celebration of craftsmanship, good design and a selection of fine artists deserving their share of exposure to a wider audience. The exhibition has been curated by Elizabeth Charles.

Artists include; Antonia Throsby – Ceramics Braidwood, Gwenna Green – Ceramics Braidwood, Jules Van De Sande – Stone Bowral, Susan Palmer Ward - Mixed Media/Assemblage Exeter, Chelsea Lemon – Wood Canberra/ Sturt, Sharon Peoples – Textiles Canberra, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello – Glass Queanbeyan, Dirk Lejuene – Wood Canberra, Carolyn Sullivan – Textiles Bundanoon, Ali Beck - Mixed Media Bowral, Birte Larsen - Mixed Media Bowral, Michelle Miller – Jewellery Exeter.

The exhibition opening and Sturt’s end of year celebration, featuring an inaugural Artisan’s Night Market will take place on Thursday 8 December from 5pm. The evening will feature live music and complimentary sparkling wine and Thai-style noodle box food on offer and special guest Susan Conroy, Executive Director of our Regional Arts Program.

The exhibition will run from 9 December to 12 February.

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