Our People

Sturt Staff and Tutors

  • Head of Sturt: Kristie Phelan – see bio below
  • Gallery Manager: Slavica Zivkovic
  • Educational Officer: Phoebe Middleton
  • Sturt School for Wood Coordinator: Michael Harris


  • Ceramics – Tutors: Steve Williams and Jann Kesby (visiting master potters); Assistant: Jacques McMaster 
  • Jewellery – Tutors: Yvette de Mestre, Jacki Stone
  • Woodwork – Tutors: Garry Studd, Peter Young

Sturt School for Wood

Master tutors include: Peter Young (NSW), Paul Nicholson (NSW), Stuart Faulkner (NSW), Jon Goulder (SA), Neil and Pam Erasmus (WA), Linda Fredheim (Tas), Aled Lewis (Wales), Isabelle Moore (England).


Kristie Phelan, Head of Sturt

Kristie comes to Sturt as innovative creative leader and hands on creator of award-winning television, events and global promotional campaigns.  Her vast and varied experience helming multi-disciplinary teams to achieve creative and design excellence spans 25 plus years in broadcast media, exhibitions and events in Australia and London. Kristie is passionate about creativity, collaboration and community and is actively involved in advocating for the arts in the Southern Highlands and beyond.  Kristie is proud to lead Sturt into its 9th decade as the oldest and most dynamic design centre in Australia.