For thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers, the Garigal people lived on the land now under Eramboo’s stewardship.
The Garigal people fished and hunted in the waters and harvested food from the surrounding bushland. They spent much of their time developing a rich and complex culture, including distinctive language, customs, spirituality and law, at the heart of which was their connection to the land.
In the 1970's, Eramboo belonged to Sydney’s most forward-thinking educators at the former International Independent School.
Bill Eason founded the school near Ryde in 1970 with the principles of freedom, tolerance and self-discipline. His interest in Asian culture, reflected in the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore, refocused Australia within South East Asia well before Paul Keating reminded us of our Antipodean sensibilities.
Bill believed that learning should take part outside in the environment to avoid the suffocation of classrooms. The Eramboo campus was used by the school to give students an overnight bush learning experience and involved planting as part of the activities. 'Eramboo' was apparently an Aboriginal name referring to ‘tomorrow.’ The United Nations flag flew here to remind the students of their connection to a world community.
Bill Eason’s innovative philosophy combining pastoral care, outside classrooms, student centred decision making, with an alternative Asian arts study was a critical pedagogical influence in Australia and part of our local cultural heritage.
Eramboo Artist Environment was established as an artist environment and education facility by Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse in 1996.
Eramboo’s focus upon artists, their creative process and their connection to community in the bush environment is a continuation of Bill’s vision for creative education and the nurturing of the human spirit.
In 2009 a long-term artist residency program was launched, and in 2012 new studios were built to expand this program with a major grant from ArtsNSW.
Eramboo is proud to have been continuing the creative legacy of this site for the past 22 years.
Eramboo sees a vibrant, alive community accessible to all. Respecting history, reflecting the present, contemplating the future through art and cultural activities.
Eramboo’s mission is to deeply explore the nature of the Australian cultural voice. This mission is undertaken with visionary Artistic Direction and diverse, challenging programming.
Eramboo’s programs engage professional and emerging Artists and the broader community.
Eramboo Strategic Plan
Eramboo is situated on land owned by the Department of Lands & has been under a Licence Agreement since 1986 with the original Founders. Eramboo World Studies Centre Reserve Trust are the appointed Trust Managers of the land. Trust Management is a valuable voluntary role with the reward of contributing to the local community and working to preserve this significant public asset.
How is it funded?
Eramboo is sustained by income generated through workshops, art sales, residencies, grants and donations. Volunteers are integral to the management, direction and daily operation of Eramboo.
Donations to Eramboo are tax-deductible.
For information about Eramboo, the organisation please contact us.