Sydney Craft Week

Hand made in a digital age

The inaugural Sydney Craft Week will be held from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October 2017.

Bringing together the creative diversity of Sydney’s contemporary craft community, Sydney Craft Week is a ten-day festival celebrating the beauty of the hand-made and the pleasure of making, bringing together Sydney’s contemporary craft community in a city-wide festival for the very first time. Not limited to one material or mode of making, the program features a range of exhibitions, workshops, talks and open studios. 

Sydney Craft Week will showcase the city’s textile artists, ceramicists, metalsmiths, jewellery makers, glass artists, wood workers, furniture makers, leather crafters, paper artists, Indigenous artists and other makers, designers and craft practitioners.

Join us for an insight into the creative process and an opportunity to meet and support local Sydney makers, designers and craft practitioners, as well as the chance to get your hands dirty and learn (or pass on) some new skills. A full program of events will be published online on 14 September. 

Key events

Opening Night
Australian Design Centre, Darlinghurst
Friday 6 October, 6-8pm

Craft Up Late
Venues all around Sydney are invited to open late for one evening during Sydney Craft Week
Wednesday 11 October, 5-8pm

Wrap Party
Australian Design Centre, Darlinghurst
Wednesday 18 October, 6-8pm

Australian Design Centre Events

From jewellery to ceramics to textiles and lots more, Sydney Craft Week has received nearly 100 registrations from organisations, galleries, collectives, studios and makers across Greater Sydney to be part of the inaugural year. Stay tuned for more information about Sydney’s most anticipated new festival. Expressions of Interest are now closed. 


Expressions of Interest close 26 July - now closed 
Participants confirmed and notified 10 August
All program text, images and advertising artwork due 17 August
Sydney Craft Week logos and marketing materials sent to participants 31 August
Online program goes live 14 September
Program printed and distributed 21 September
Event Friday 6 – Sunday 15 October
Post event surveys to be completed 20 October 2017


What is Sydney Craft Week? Led by the Australian Design Centre and supported by an advisory group of craft sector professionals, Sydney Craft Week brings together contemporary crafts organisations and individuals in a celebration of craft across the city as part of a ten-day festival from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October 2017.

Why Sydney Craft Week? Sydney Craft Week is a platform for shining the spotlight on all the marvellous makers doing their thing across Sydney. Lots of cities have a craft week and we thought ‘why not Sydney?’. There is immense talent, grit and determination, creativity and activity going on in this city that we need to celebrate, nurture and grow.

What was the inspiration for Sydney Craft Week? The makers. From those with decades of making experience to those just starting out, makers are all around us, and our passion and reason for being is to introduce audiences and buyers to their work. We also want to show people that there are all sorts of opportunities to learn new making skills and develop their own practice.

When is Sydney Craft Week? Sydney has a crowded calendar so we looked at what is planned and selected October 6 to 15. We hope to make Sydney Craft Week a much-loved part of the cultural calendar but also an event that offers year-long support to all the amazing events and activities that makers generate throughout the year.

Why is the Australian Design Centre (ADC) launching Sydney Craft Week? ADC has been around for more than fifty years. Our foundation is in craft. With such a rich history in craft that threads through our exhibitions, retail activities and publishing, we feel we are well placed to take a lead role. Having said this, Sydney Craft Week is not about us, but about the 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, right across the greater Sydney area.

What is happening in Sydney Craft Week? A range of events, including exhibitions, talks, workshops, live demonstrations, markets and retail events, open studios, interactive or immersive installations, cross-disciplinary projects, and projects that incorporate food and/or drink, or otherwise engage the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell).

Where is Sydney Craft Week? Sydney Craft Week will be staged across inner and greater Sydney locations as far west as the mountains and across to Wollongong. We are not limited by geography and flexible with the boundaries of the Greater Sydney area. More information will be included in the online and printed program.

How do I find out what’s on? Visitors can access the program on the Sydney Craft Week website, which launches 14 September. A printed program will be available 21 September. Follow @sydneycraftweek on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for alerts on what’s happening.

Is it free to attend? Sydney Craft Week invites all residents and visitors to experience Sydney’s vibrant craft scene. Most events are free to enter, with ticketed events managed by host organisations and venues. Check listing and details for each event online before you head out.

For more information about ADC's events including the Makers Market click here.

For all Sydney Craft Week enquiries, contact Penny Craswell, Creative Strategy Associate penny [at] or 02 9361 4555

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Image credit: Milly Dent. Photo: Brandon Bakus. Available through Object Shop