Tim Sterling was born in 1973 and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Tim graduated from the University of South Australia with a Visual Arts Honours Degree in 1999. During 2004 – 2005 he undertook a Masters Degree at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam thanks to the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Scholarship. While living in Amsterdam he travelled to Venice Italy to participate in the 2005 Model Mania workshop run by the post graduate architectural school the Domus Academy based in Milan.
In 2008 Tim partook in an artist residency in Milan to research the Italian radical architecture movement and one of Domus Academy’s founding members Andrea Branzi. An interest in Andrea Branzi’s incorporation of woven elements in his work lead to a residency in Japan during 2010 to research contemporary Japanese basket weaving and how it might relate to architectural forms. During his time in Tokyo he visited the National Museum of Modern Art to study the world’s largest collection of Japanese basketry. While in Japan he met and visited the studios of Japanese bamboo basketry artists and contemporary Japanese weavers. Recently he was in residency at Paris Cite Internationale des Art during 2013 to research psychological effects created by authoritarian design of city spaces and how people attempt to resist authoritarian control with improvised architectural structures such as barricades.
During his career he has received the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Scholarship, numerous Australia Council for the Arts international residencies and exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Roslyn Oxley 9, Sydney, Australia; Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia; Contemporary Art Center of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, Australia; Consortium, Amsterdam, Netherlands.