Woodburning workshops with Uncle Steven Russell

All staff and students

La Perouse born Bidjari artist Steven Russell is an accomplished designer, sculptor, weaver and painter who draws on his knowledge of local Indigenous stories and techniques. He is the grandson and great, great grandson of acclaimed shell artists Esme Timbery and ‘Queen’ Emma Timbery.

Throughout March and April at UTS, Steven will be burning traditional and contemporary designs onto the wooden planter boxes of Waraburra Nura garden. He is inviting UTS staff and students to partake in this process, learning how to use burning irons to render designs in wood and gain cultural understanding of mark making and its relevance to local Indigenous communities.

Indigenous staff and students

Indigenous staff and students are invited to a morning tea at Waraburra Nura garden on 27th March to contribute their own designs to be burnt onto the wood of the Waraburra Nura garden. Uncle Steven is asking staff and students to create designs that represent personal identity and connections to Country. By incorporating these together on the wood of the garden beds he will create a track of designs that represents the diversity of Indigenous voices and culture at UTS.

All day drop in sessions will be held at Waraburra Nura on the following days:

Thursday 27th March from 11am (Indigenous staff and students only, info below)

Thursday 28th March 10am – 4pm

Tuesday 2nd April 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 10th April 10am – 4pm

Tuesday 16th April 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 1st May 10am – 4pm

For all enquiries contact: alice.mcauliffe@uts.edu.au