Australia’s oldest craft gallery and studios facing closure

Sturt Gallery and Studios has closed doors as it undergoes a review for its future viability.
Sturt. Black and white image of several woman and a male teacher learning woodworking techniques.

The craft community was shocked by the news last week that Sturt Gallery and Studios (Sturt) will be closing its doors while it is placed under review.

The news broke via a letter on 2 February from Head of Frensham Schools, Geoff Marsh. For over 80 years, Sturt has belonged to the Frensham Schools network as part of the legacy of founder, Winifred West.

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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