Hunter Design School Open Day


Interested in knowing what it is really like to be apart of Hunter Design School? 

The Hunter Design School Open Day will give you the chance to explore and discover your creative future. 


EXPLORE HDS purpose built, brand new, exciting studio spaces

DISCOVER what you could achieve through our current and past students projects

MEET our current and past graduates, gain an insight into what they are doing and where they are going.

GET CREATIVE join the journey of design through paper folding

BE INSPIRED as we hear from leading local interior design and HDS principal, Donna Burrell, as she shares her journey and how your journey can begin


[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-calendar”] WHEN Saturday 30 August from 9am – 4pm

[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-bookmark-empty”] PRESENTATION 11am & 1pm

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-road”] WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-certificate”] COST Free

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-edit”] RSVP or register here as part of the design+ event 


for more info, please call 02 4915 7007 or contact us below


Contact Us

Experience Japan


After an exciting 10days touring Japan, our students are bubbling with tales of exotic foods, perfect design and architecture, stunning scenery plus a little retail therapy and misfortunes. 

PLUS an extraordinary guest speaker, Stephen Scrogings, who will be sharing with us on ‘The Mysteries of Japan and Art’


Come experience their adventures through their stories and colourful photographs.




Be sure to reserve your seat


Hunter Young Professionals


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Hunter Young Professionals (HYP) provides opportunities for young people to network in a business environment, gain new management and leadership skills, interact socially together and support the local community, so that they can develop as the business leaders of tomorrow. 

Events occur monthly and include interactive workshops, inspiring talks from prominent business people and casual social get togethers, such as a Winter Warmer dinner at the Newcastle Club each year. 

OUr next event in May tackles the big stuff over coffee and breakfast on the foreshore: buying a house, legalities you might not have considered in de-facto relationships, the foreign world of super (of the annuation kind) and writing a will (yes, even young people need them!)

Find out more about them here and don’t be shy to come along and say hi – they-re a friendly bunch!

Opportunities at 67 Party St

The Hunter Design School is excited about the opportunities that are surrounding their new building in Parry St . . . Sometimes spell check writes PARTY ST.  and yes it is going to be one big creative party up there with all the new and exciting businesses and studios joining the neighbourhood.  These include photographers, graphic designers, film producers, dancers, architects, designers, design students, raw food café, restaurant and music along side the existing visionaries, Earps, Classic Cedar and Audi.

The Hunter Design school is however looking for the right partners to join them in the Designers Collective and street front retail shop which is now up for lease.  We are ideally looking for a creative shop offering beautiful things for the home.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic design precinct and discover the clientele that visit this little nook, give Donna a call on 0408 185 788.


OPEN DAY at Hunter Design School

Hunter Design School is opening its doors for you to explore the works of our very talented students from 2012.

For those who are interested in studying with us in 2013 are welcome to come along, meet our staff and find out more about our courses.

Saturday 8th December 
10.00am – 1.00pm
181 King St Newcastle


Hunter Design School has had an exciting temporary move to the east end of Newcastle.

With some beautiful new neighbours from Crown Coffee, Asa Don Japanese Restaurant, Greys General Store of Design and Hunter Valley Design. We will however dearly miss our Hunter St neighbours from Subo, Imprint and Mezzanine Media.

We thank everyone who made our Hunter St Studio awesome, we look forward to the next new adventure in creating the most exceptional  studio in Newcastle.

So to find our interim studio you will need go up the street to 181 King St. We are next door to Tower Cinema (previously Greater Union) and Asa Don Japanese Restaurant.

Postal correspondence can be sent to PO Box 301 The Junction NSW 2291

Office hours are now: Wednesday’s 1pm – 5pm & Thursday’s 10am – 4pm

INSIDE INDUSTRY with Stuart Pinkerton and Tanya Fogarty

Design by Tanya Fogarty

Pinkerton was founded in 2005 by Stuart Pinkerton with his aim to make beautiful timber furniture. The company has since expanded in to the fitout market and now services the residential, commercial and hospitality sectors across metropolitan and regional NSW from its Newcastle base.

Tanya Fogarty is an interior designer based in Newcastle. Consulting in residential, commercial, retail and health care design as well as visual merchandising and styling. Tanya Fogarty Design has been in operation for over 6 years and we pride ourselves in providing our clients with considered and up to the minute design solutions while addressing all aspects of the brief.

Find out more about Stuart’s and Tanya’s outstanding design work at our next Inside Industry Night on

Wednesday 27th June, 7pm at 555 Hunter St Newcastle.

Seats are limited so please RSVP to

ASW ART-SYSTEMS Twenty Twenty Vision

Twenty Twenty Vision at the Art Systems Wickham Gallery is an exhibition about future visions. Well known local Artist, Graham Wilson, has brought together twenty people from varied creative ­elds.
These twenty people range from Architects, Writers, 2D, 3D and sound Artists, Graphic and Interior Designers. Many people in Newcastle hold strong opinions about where the city is headed and what we need to make the city a better place. Twenty Twenty Vision gives twenty creative people the opportunity to give their vision of what Newcastle could look like in the year 2020.

The year 2020 is less than 8 years away so we are not talking about a world with ‑ying cars, jet backpacks, or teleportation machines. Instead what is to be presented are creative solutions to abandoned buildings, empty plots of land, new spaces and new ideas. Creative people, by their very nature, are inclined to oer creative solutions. The twenty contributers are;
Beverley Anastasiou, Shane Blue, Caelli Jo Brooker, Michael Chapman, Varelle Hardy, Jodie Kell, Mark MacLean, Paul Maher, Keo Match, Gina McDonald, Brett McMahon, Sheena Roberts, Mandy Robinson, Peter Shaddock, Alison Smith, Braddon Snape, Wayne Thompson, Matthew Tome, Joey Trongchttham, Chris Tucker and a contribution by the curator Graham Wilson. 

The Exhibition will open at 6:30pm on Friday the 8th of June 2012. For any extra information please use the contact information below.
curator Graham Wilson ph. 02 49578303 m. 0466543199 email.
Gallery Director Colin Lawson m. 0422115154 email.
40 Annie Street Wickham, Newcastle, NSW, 2293

Inside Industry with Mokum


Mokum is know for having a fresh and orginal designs in wallpaper and textiles. They have over 30 years experience in design, development and distribution in delivering a comprehensive collection.

We are excited to annnoce that they will be sharing with us new fabrics and trends that we are all going to love!

Plus a second suprise speaker who will share their love for colour and adding it into their interior design jobs.

Come join us on Monday 26th March
555 Hunter St Newcastle

Please RSVP to as seat numbers are limited.

HDS upcoming short courses

HDS will be running two Free Colour Workshops (at 555 Hunter St, Newcastle) over the summer. The first free course in December will coincide with the HDS Open Day.
DATES: Saturday 17 December & 14th January
TIME: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
HDS is also seeking Expressions of Interest for the Photoshop & Illustrator for Interior Design 6 week short course. The course will be run between the 19 March – 27 April. Dates and time will be determined by numbers. Contact the school via email or phone 4915 7007 with your interest.

Hello and Welcome! Register here before making an Application.