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Friday 5 - Sunday 14 October 2018

Sydney Craft Week is an inspirational festival that speaks to our fundamental human urge to create, while also showcasing exceptional contemporary craft.

Sydney Craft Week unites the very active craft sector within Sydney's creative community - including ceramicists, jewellers, quilters, knitters and other textile artists, plus timber workers, print makers, leather crafters, Indigenous makers and creatives of all kinds who work with their hands.

In the second year of the festival, Sydney Craft Week is bigger than ever, with 89 venues across 48 suburbs, including 
•    109 workshops, 
•    47 exhibitions and 
•    200+ events total. 

An initiative of the Australian Design Centre, and supported by a City of Sydney Festivals Grant, this year’s festival is jam-packed with events for everyone, including but not limited to: exhibitions, talks, workshops, retail events (including markets), open studios and live demonstrations. There are also lots of events with food and drink, fun family-friendly events for the school holidays, and lots more. 

This year's theme, mindful making, explores how working with your hands offers opportunities to focus, connect, relax and create. We also focus on how makers approach their craft by applying a thoughtful and considered approach to the sustainable use of materials, innovative processes and an understanding of community needs. 

We are delighted to welcome Karen McCartney, author and editor, as the Sydney Craft Week Ambassador for 2018. She will be leading a panel discussion at ADC for Craft Up Late on Tuesday 9 October, with five Sydney makers who will explore how their process contributes to their sense of personal wellbeing. 

Festival Directors Lisa Cahill and Penny Craswell are thrilled to see this year’s program come together with so many great organisations and makers involved. “At ADC we live and breathe contemporary craft and design, and we knew this festival filled a much-needed gap to celebrate and support our craftspeople, and that it would simply be fun for everyone!” they said.

Handmade is at the heart of what we do at the Australian Design Centre (ADC). For more than 50 years we have presented craft in all forms and supported makers and designers across the full spectrum of skill and materiality. ADC is just one part of an extraordinarily diverse eco-system of making in Sydney and this new event is our way of showcasing many of the city’s talented makers.

The core of Sydney Craft Week is collaboration, creativity and community participation.

Support us

Sydney Craft Week is an initiative of Australian Design Centre. ADC is a not for profit organisation showcasing and supporting contemporary craft and design. All donations big and small help us to continue to create opportunities like Sydney Craft Week and help support our exhibitions, events and touring programs.

Please consider a making a donation at australiandesigncentre.com/about/donate 


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Image credit: Esme Timbery, Untitled 'Harbour Bridge', (2002). Photo: Courtesy of Sydney Opera House Trust. Background photography by Dennis Golding.