Meet the makers: artist open studio bonanza

Studios, stores and workshops all over Sydney are throwing open their doors to explore

Go directly to the maker, not only for inspiration but to hear their stories and get your hands on beautiful pieces that don’t usually make it to market.  Grab your diary, grab a buddy and read on.

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(Credit: Rachel Castle)

Sydney Craft Week is underway and there’s a host of artist studios, workshops, markets and creative happenings to explore.

According to the National Arts Participation Survey, 30% of Australians (and 34% of women) creatively participate in visual arts and craft, while 46% attend visual arts and craft events.

An initiative of the Australian Design Centre (ADC), Sydney Craft Week is a series of events being held in and around Sydney in celebration of it’s makers. Says ADC CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill, “We have a diverse community of makers in our beautiful city whose hands weave, hammer, throw, bend, twist, fire, decorate, create and problem-solve, day in, day out.” 

“We want to show people that there are all sorts of opportunities to learn new making skills and develop their own practice.”

Lisa Cahill, CEO, the Australian Design Centre
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Rachel Castle ‘This is Love 6’ and ‘This is Love 1’ on exhibition at Koskela (Credit: Rachel Castle)

Here’s just a taste of what’s on offer:

1. Rachel Castle This is Love

When: Now until Sunday 5th November

Where: Koskela Gallery, 1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, NSW 2018

What: A collection of 7 large canvases from Rachel Castle celebrating her love for the floral form and the beauty of colour.

More info: click here

2. String Bags & Cord Making with Brooke Munro

When: Sunday 15th October, 10:30-1:30pm

Where: Koskela, 1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, NSW 2018

What: A weekend of weaving!

More info: click here

3. Marion Hall Best: Interiors at Sydney Living Museums

When: Now until Sunday 12 November

Where: Museum of Sydney, cnr Bridge and Phillips Streets, Sydney

What: Exhibition, Interior design, modernism, colour

More info: click here

4. Trade the Mark Open Studio

When: Wednesday 11 October, 5pm-8pm

Where: Trade The Mark, 23 May Street, St Peters NSW 2044

What: Ceramics, hand painted textiles, porcelain jewellery, planters, wall art

More info: click here

Plus: there are many Sydney studios participating in Craft Up Late, find one near you here.

5. Lumifold: Mindful Math-Making

When: Wednesday 11th October, 6pm-7:30pm

Where: Snepo Fab Lab, 95 Riley Street, Darlinghurst

What: Use your thinking hands to make beautiful paper lamps using Origami Sekkei

More info: click here

“Sydney’s makers are all around us and our passion and reason for being is to introduce audiences and buyers to their work.”

Lisa Cahill

View the full program online here.

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