80 years of fostering makers

Australia's oldest design centre has always been ahead of its time, when it comes to holistic practice, sustainability and innovation.
Sturt. Black and white image of several woman and a male teacher learning woodworking techniques.

There has been a boom in the makers sector with pandemic. Not only via online shopping channels but in a desire to get ‘hands in clay’, for example, with to-door maker’s kits just one of many craft-based pursuits.

While craft feels immediate right now, its legacy is long. Testament to that is Sturt – Australia’s oldest design centre, which celebrates its 80th anniversary on 3 October.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina