Sydney Craft Week

Sydney Craft Week's mission in 2019 was to recognise the exceptional quality of local craft, while also unlocking our sense of joy in making with the theme “Play”.

Australian Design Centre produced the third Sydney Craft Week (SCW) from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 October 2019.

150+ events this year included: 37 exhibitions, 6 talks, 57 workshops, 13 markets and retail events, 30 open studios and 13 live demonstrations. 

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Sydney Craft Week

Friday 11 – Sunday 20 October

Play is this year’s festival theme. SCW encourages you to immerse yourself in all things play: switch off and create; be inspired to consider new possibilities; dive into a new craft or reconsider your approach to creating. We want to see young and old and everyone in between playing, cutting, pasting, hammering, stickering, sewing, weaving, wielding, squishing, firing, carving, building, moulding, embellishing and reinventing.

SCW 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. SCW gives the community an opportunity to engage with craft, experience the benefits of making, and purchase local handmade work.

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

An initiative of the Australian Design Centre, Sydney Craft Week is supported by Government Partner City of Sydney with a festivals and events sponsorship grant and also by Partners: Class Bento, Skein Sisters, Digital Press, Signwave, ArtsHub and FBi Radio. 

Handmade is at the heart of what we do at 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.

View the full 2019 program on the Sydney Craft Week website here.

This year, ADC presented three exhibitions and a host of events at our William Street gallery in Darlinghurst, the headquarters of Sydney Craft Week.

Exhibitions 3 October – 11 November:
- Profile 2019: Contemporary Jewellery and Object Award
- Response: Small tapestries from the Australian Tapestry Workshop
Intergradation: Taerim Claire Jeon (Object Space)

The call for entries for Sydney Craft Week 2020 will open in May 2020.

The Festival will run from Friday 9 - Sunday 18 October 2020.

Dedicated to making by hand across Greater Sydney.

Sydney Craft Week is proudly presented by Australian Design Centre.

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Thank you to our Sydney Craft Week 2019 partners: Government Partner City of Sydney, Premium Partners Class Bento and Skein Sisters, and Partners Digital Press, Signwave, ArtsHub and FBi Radio. 

Image: Cynthia the Ibis, tea cosy by Vanessa Ion.