After over a 60 year career as a public sculptor, in mid 1973, Tom Bass founded his independent sculpture school to teach the fundamentals of sculpture.
It was in a loft overlooking Broadway in Sydney NSW, converted from a derelict top floor which had been vacant for at least 10 years. The studio-school context enabled the master-apprentice relationship with students, a tradition given to Tom Bass by his own teacher, Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870-1955), who was taught by the famous Parisian Acadamie Julian est. 1868 founded by Rodolphe Julian ( -1907), and continues to be passed onto future generations.
In 1998 the Sculpture Studio School moved to a warehouse building in Erskineville, where it has been since.
In 2003, the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School became a not for profit Incorporated Association, and registered with the Register of Cultural Organisations.
We continue to develop a range of innovative and challenging programs which fulfil our core values of
– the traditions of sculpture
– the promotion of public sculpture and
– being a viable part of the community
Tom Bass’ teachings are carried by the school’s current teachers, who were also amongst his top students: Michael Christie (since 2000), Wendy Black (since 2004), Bernice Lowe (2005) and Sue Alexopoulos (2009). Other special workshops are given by guest sculptors with established practices in their specialist field.