Craft Contemporary 2023

02 October 2023

Victoria is preparing to get crafty this October with the return of the Craft Contemporary festival.
woman wearing jeans and jumper, sitting on a stool in an artist stuidio
Nadia Hernandez in studio for Occupying Space Craft Contemporary 2023. Image: Henry Trumble

Running from 1 to 30 October, this year’s festival will be the biggest yet with a program of over 150 creative events and experiences that celebrate craft in all its forms including exhibitions, talks, demonstrations, workshops and open studios.

Featuring some of the best makers, artisans and designers from across the country, highlights include specialised weaving workshops led by Koorie Heritage Trust, a glass-blowing demonstration by glass artist Ruth Allen and this year’s Poster Walk series of architecture in regional Victoria by artist Belle Thierry and photographer Tasha Tylee.

Events will take place at creative venues and institutions across Melbourne, including Collingwood Yards, RMIT, Nicholas Building and University of Melbourne.

A series of exhibitions that explore contemporary craft practice will also be held in both Melbourne and regional Victoria, at venues such as Artbank, West Space, ALPHA60, Rose Chong and Modern Times, as well as Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Bendigo Art Gallery and Stockroom Kyneton Gallery.

Craft Contemporary festival began in 2020 and is delivered by Craft Victoria. To explore the full program or to find out more, visit:

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