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SCCI’s latest program set to inspire the next generation

SCCI’s latest program set to inspire the next generation

Model making at the Smart Design Studio office. Photo by Romello Pereira.

The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) has announced its live line-up for Stepping Stones, which is dedicated to fashion and architecture initiatives for youth.

Running until 30 June 2021, the latest program for SCCI is packed full of workshops, talks, and films curated for young people.

The range of events draws on SCCI’s network of architects, designers, artists, academics and cultural leaders to share their professional work and ignite the passions of young audiences and it is set to inspire the next generation.

While live events went on hold for most of last year, they make a triumphant return in 2021, including a series of SCCI Architecture mini-hubs in collaboration with key education partners – University of Newcastle and Western Sydney University.

Speaking about the intent behind the selection of speakers and talks, SCCI founder Dr Gene Sherman AM says, “SCCI Architecture Hubs seek to nuance the architecture and design conversations by connecting culturally significant professions with other disciplines, thereby creating progressive, original and stimulating conversations.”

The list of speakers crosses disciplines and industries with architects, writers and critics, artists and philanthropists joining the mix. The three keynote speakers include Councillor Jess Scully, Oscar-winning film producer Emile Sherman, and author and academic Professor Cameron Bruhn.

Other names in the Australian line-up include architects, artists, writers and editors, and philanthropists:

  • Camilla Block (Durbach Block Jaggers)
  • Andrew Burns (Andrew Burns Architecture)
  • Angelo Candalepas (Candalepas and Associates)
  • Graeme Dix (Johnson Pilton Walker)
  • James Grose (BVN)
  • David Kaunitz (Kaunitz Yeung)
  • Jen Kulas (Breathe Architecture)
  • William Smart (Smart Design Studio)
  • Kerstin Thompson (Kerstin Thompson Architects) and
  • Troy Uleman (John McAslan + Partners)
  • Megan Cope
  • Janet Laurence
  • Caroline Baum
  • David Clark
  • Stephen Todd
  • Alison Kubler
  • Andrew Cameron AM
  • Lisa Chung AM
  • Dr Gene Sherman AM
  • Museum director Kim McKay AO (Australian Museum) and
  • SCCI Global Emissary Dolla Merrillees


In addition to the program targeted to tertiary age students, there will be a two-month-long series of workshops spread over weekends dedicated to kids aged 8 and up. Each of the skills-based workshops is free and experimental.

Activities are designed around the themes of architecture and fashion, including topics like fabric dyeing and weaving, architectural model and maquette making, footwear design and embellishment, African head wrapping, architecture sketching, paper millinery, museum design and city building.

The SCCI Stepping Stones Youth Programme host venues include SCCI Braelin Pavilion in Centennial Park, Paddington Reservoir, Chau Chak Wing Museum and BVN Sydney.

Tickets available now to book online for all workshops until sold out.


Lead image: Model making at the Smart Design Studio office. Photo by Romello Pereira

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