2018 Craft Calendar

We have rounded up the major Craft Events happening in Sydney and beyond in 2018. Get your pens out so you can mark these dates in your diary now!



4 February: Blak Markets
Bare Island, La Perouse
All day weaving workshop, plus ceremonies, singing and dance performances.

17 February : Frocktails 
Dove and Olive, 156 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
A cocktail party to meet other sewists and makers, and win lots of prizes.


8 – 11 March: Stitches and Craft
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Rosehill
Trade event: Craft supplies, services, patterns, designs, kits, books and tools/machines.

10 March: ADC Makers Market
Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst
Handmade, designed and collectible pieces including textiles, jewellery, ceramics and homewares.

10-18 March: Inner West Open Studio Trail (IWOST)
Inner West Sydney

23 March – 3 April: Sydney Royal Easter Show
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
Features the biggest Arts & Crafts competition in Australia.

8 April: TACA Office Open Day
Square One Studios, 32 Bowden St, Alexandria
Talks, demos, discussions and loads more.

4 – 6 May: Finders Keepers
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Road, Barangaroo
The Finders Keepers markets features over 200 independent art and design stalls


1 - 30 June: Makers Month at Kinokuniya
Kinokuniya, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney
20% off all Craft & Gardening books and a fantastic program of events and workshops with some amazing local makers and authors. 

17 June: THE MAKERS' NEST  Design Market
The Tramsheds Sydney
Sydney's locally made design market 

20 – 24 June: Craft and Quilt Fair
International Exhibition Centre, ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
Shopping, workshops, displays.

22 – 24 June: Timber & Working with Wood
Hall 6, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
Premier event for woodworking.

27 July - 18 August: Fire and Ash: Woodfired Ceramics
Kerrie Lowe Gallery, 49 King St, Newtown 
Ceramic exhibition

18 – 19 August: Australian Ceramics Open Studios
Studios nationwide
Discover local potters in studios around Australia

24 August - 16 September: The Sydney Teapot Show
Kerrie Lowe Gallery, 49 King St, Newtown 
A Competition and Exhibition featuring handmade ceramic teapots.

25 – 27 August: International Jewellery Fair
International Exhibition Centre, ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
Trade fair for buyers and sellers in the jewellery industry.


August – October : Anne Dangar ceramics from Moly-Sabata
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain
A display of newly acquired work by an Australian modernist painter and potter.

1 September – 1 October: Hidden: Rockwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk
Hawthorne Ave, Rookwood
Outdoor sculpture exhibition 

5 - 6 September: Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Real to Reel is a short film festival that celebrates craft and making in all its facets.

15 September - 14 October: MARGARET GRAFTON + WENDY PARAMOUR
SNO Contemporary Art Projects,  497 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt
Art exhibition, featuring weavings with metal and wool

5 – 14 October: Sydney Craft Week
Venues around Sydney 
This ten-day festival celebrates the beauty of the hand-made and the pleasure of making.

7 October: Made by Hand Hazelhurst Art and Design Market
Hazelhurst Arts Centre
Art and Design Market featuring local makers held during Sydney Craft Week

12 - 13 October: Liz Williamson Open Studio
Clarendon Street, Stanmore
Textiles artist Open Studio event

12 – 14 October: Illawarra Festival of Wood
Bulli Showground
Workshops, demonstrations. Learn about tools and skills from wood artisans.

18 October – 4 November: Sculpture by the Sea
Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach
Coastal sculpture walk.

26 - 28 October: Jamoboree: A Creative Weekend Escape
Mt Keira Scout Camp, Wollongong
Jamboree offers a full weekend of creative workshop masterclasses

3-5 November: Modern Quilt Show Australia
107 Crystal St, Petersham
Three days of quilting workshops with international and national teachers, fabric stalls and a huge display of modern Australian quilts.

24 November: Etsy Made Local Blue Mountains
Norman Lindsay Gallery, 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge
Blue Mountains Makers will be hosting the Etsy Made Local artisan markets for the 3rd year. Located in the beautiful heritage listed gardens of the Norman Lindsay Gallery.


30 November —2 December: Finders Keepers
Venue TBC
The Finders Keepers markets features over 200 independent art and design stalls.


National Events:

19 - 20 May: Canberra Wool Expo
Canberra, ACT

8 June – 26 August: Scarf Festival: Living on the Land
Geelong, VIC

29 June – 2 July: Alice Springs Beanie Festival: Reach for the Stars
Alice Springs, NT


Sydney Craft Week is an initiative of the Australian Design Centre

Australian Design Centre has a huge range of craft and design exhibitions, talks, workshops and more as part of its 2018 Program with details on specific events and workshops from February and beyond online here.


Image: The Raisin did it, ADC Makers Market 2017. Photo: Simon Cardwell