Liz Williamson, Waste: thrums, 2021

Continuing Exhibitions

Sydney Craft Week Festival “The Digital Edition” may be officially over but these exhibitions are still on and with the lifting restrictions across greater Sydney you’ll be able to pop in for a visit in person or view online before they close.

Until Sunday 24 October

Second Look: handmade textiles

Barometer Gallery, 13 Gurner Street, Paddington

Second Look exhibition reflects on how handmade textiles are collected, valued, cherished, loved, treasured and used by makers. Second Look includes works by Jane Bodnaruk, Alana Clifton, Vita Cochran, Ro Cook, Nicole Ellis, Vivien Haley, Cecilia Heffer, Michele Elliot, Chris Hutch, Judith Kentish, Brenda Livermore, Christina Newberry, Barbara Rogers, Julie Ryder, John Parkes, Emma Peters, Liz Williamson and Melinda Young.
Open to public Wednesday - Sunday until 24 October, 11am-5pm. Exhibition can also be viewed online or through gallery windows.


Until Saturday 30 October

A Handmade Life Exhibition

Chrissie Cotter Gallery, 31A Pidcock St, Camperdown

Six Inner West women respond to the challenge of life as a maker in 2021. Much of the work is centred around the theme of ‘’looking back to move forward”. Works range from printmaking and stitch, to felt and leather works, jewellery, and paper, all shown across a variety of platforms over 10 days. Artists include Meryl Blundell, Gill Brooks, Ro Cook, Kim Davies, Lorrie Evans and Romana Toson.
Exhibition can be viewed online and in person. Open to the public: Friday to Sundays, 10am - 5pm.


Until Sunday 31 October

Pots Springs Eternal Online exhibition Experimental Ceramic Studios presents an online exhibition: Pots Springs Eternal. The exhibition will showcase pot planters made by eighteen artists and staff - a wonderful opportunity to buy work from your favourite ceramic artists!
The exhibition is available online to view until 31 October.


Sassy Park, Sardines Pot Planter, 2021. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Until Wednesday 3 November


Sabbia Gallery, 609 Elizabeth Street, Redfern.

PREVIEW is an exciting showcase of new art by some of Australia’s premier artists specialising in contemporary ceramics and glass. This group exhibition will highlight the work of a select collection of Sabbia artists.

This will be Sabbia’s third year involved with this important event on the arts calendar and we are pleased to present a curated exhibition of works here at our Sydney gallery from the following artists; Clare Belfrage, Selinda Davidson, Jimmy Donegan, Pippin Drysdale, Mrs Fatt (1959-2021), Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Nick Mount, Tjunkaya Tapaya and Carlene Thompson.
Online and open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 11am - 6pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm


Pippin Drysdale, Breakaway Series II – Crimson, 2021. Photo: Robert Frith.

Yukiko Nonaka, It Shines on Me Tray Series, 2020 Image: Yukiko Nonaka

Until Saturday 13 November

Little Bang: Margaret Park and Yukiko Nonaka

Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Stanley Street Gallery showcases two of Sydney’s finest object and jewellery artists and friends, Yukiko Nonaka and Margret Park who are both recipients of the SSG Exhibition Prize awarded for excellence. The exhibition can be visited Wednesday – Saturdays, 11am – 6pm.


Until Sunday 14 November

Sturt: 80 Years In The Making

Sturt Gallery & Studios, Cnr Range Road & Waverley Parade, Mittagong NSW

To celebrate this incredible milestone for Australia’s oldest design centre, we’re showcasing the legendary makers who made (and continue to make) the pilgrimage to live, work and teach at Sturt in the Southern Highlands.

80 Years in the Making will draw upon the incredible legacy of Sturt’s permanent collection – a gift from hundreds of the world’s master makers who came to share their skills at Sturt, along with pioneering Australian artisans who went on to contribute a lifetime of wisdom in their chosen craft. The exhibition can be viewed online or in person Wednesday – Sundays, 10am-4pm.


Paul Davis, Dish, 2006; Chris Weaver, Teapot, 2010. Photos: Ashley Mackevicius.

Renee So, 21st Century Woman and Bellarmine Holding Bellarmine II, 2021. Photo: Stuart Humphreys and MAAS.

Into 2022

Clay Dynasty

Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo

Clay Dynasty celebrates studio ceramics in Australia as shaped by three generations of makers: from the 1960s pioneers who transformed the functional pottery tradition to contemporary ceramic artists who continue to push the medium. The first major exhibition to chart the astonishing diversity of ceramic practice across Australia, it features more than 450 objects from the Powerhouse’s significant ceramics collection.

Open to the public until May 2022


Being Manly: Billy Bain

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Being Manly seeks to unsettle colonial narratives of masculinity by playfully deconstructing popular iconography and histories related to Manly’s cultural identity. By subverting these narratives using the presence of Indigenous figures, Bain shifts our perception of Manly’s cultural identity away from being a strictly white construct to imply the continued presence of the traditional custodians of the land. As an Indigenous man, Bain aims to reclaim self-agency in how he identifies with the Manly area where he was born and raised.

Details: Exhibition Dates 25 March – 1 May 2022

Barely Wearable: Ruth Downes

This body of work is a continuation of Ruth Downes’ passion for reappropriating everyday materials and objects to celebrate their intrinsic beauty. Materials for these thirty ‘wearable’ artworks have been gleaned from a diverse range of sources - from coffee capsules to face masks. Detritus from nature has also been salvaged to be reborn as a fashion statement. The exhibition catalogue is available online and exhibition opens to visit December 2022.



Ruth Downes, Barely Wearable Series, 2021. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist.