Craft Up Late

Over three nights, Sydney Craft Week presents Craft Up Late, a chance to explore some of the best of handmade Sydney via galleries, shops, artists’ studios and more. From informal meet and greets to openings, tours and talks, there’s plenty on offer so get out and explore!

Inner City Suburbs: Tuesday 13 October, 5 – 8pm 
Eastern and Northern Sydney: Wednesday 14 October, 5 – 8pm  
Inner West: Thursday 15 October, 5 – 8pm 

Glenn Barkley ceramics. Photo by Leeroy T


Tuesday 13 October, 5 – 8pm

Australian Design Centre
Darlinghurst: Visit FUSE Glass Prize 2020 and Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards 2020 after hours and browse the Object shop.

Mobifold: Playing with flexible forms by STEAMpop at Australian Design Centre
Darlinghurst: STEAMpop and Lisa Giles explore the beauty of the mysterious Möbius Strip workshop. Twist, turn and fold paper into sculptures or unique wearables.
Bookings essential

Bundanon: Alice Whish and Vicki Mason at Stanley Street Gallery
Darlinghurst: Vicki Mason and Alice Whish present new jewellery resulting from a joint artist in residence in Bundanon.

Makers of Traditional Change at Stanley Street Gallery
Darlinghurst: Selected New Zealand jewellery artists from the Handshake Project exhibit work that connects to the context of traditional jewellery.

And...There's a Light On by Tapestry Girl at TAP Gallery
Surry Hills: Niki McDonald, Tapestry Girl, employs the half cross stitch traditionally used in needlepoint tapestry to find the balance between playfulness, industriousness and urban sass.

Nick Mount: This Spring and Ninuku Arts: New Work in Glass at Sabbia Gallery
Redfern: Two exhibitions of outstanding glass works by an internationally-acclaimed, Australian glass master and a group of Indigenous artists working in the APY Lands of South Australia, known for their powerful colour palettes and diversity of styles, techniques and mediums.

#scomosprayerflags at 107 Projects
Redfern: Tara Glastonbury will be sewing flags of protest onto a large textile banner in situ in the gallery. You are invited to stitch your own flag of protest to add to the work.

Discarded Delights, Urban Talismans at The Bench Jewellery Workshop
Zetland: Left on The Shelf - an exhibition of enamelled relics by Jeweller, Kirsten Junor.


Hoop La Embroidery Extravaganza at 7ClovellyRoad
Randwick: Craft Up Late workshops include embroidery basics and beading, make your own shoe clip, cocktail hat or bridal veil! purchase kits, supplies, and finished artworks.

The Craft of
Glebe: will run a series of workshops based on ceramic techniques and processes run by the community of resident artists that call home.

Glenn Barkley ceramics. Photo by Leeroy T


Wednesday 14 October, 5 – 8pm

Tonic: Textile Art as an Antidote for Now by Deborah Burdett + Margaret McKenna at The Grid Studio
Rushcutters Bay: An exhibition of textile pieces from residencies at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Designed with patients and families.

Tempering exhibition and workshops by Kathie Najar and Rhonda Pryor at Barometer Gallery
Paddington: An exhibition of new textile artworks that focus on the natural world with deep connections to both land and sea.

Hoop La Embroidery Extravaganza at 7ClovellyRoad
Randwick: Craft Up Late workshops include embroidery basics and beading, make your own shoe clip, cocktail hat or bridal veil! purchase kits, supplies, and finished artworks.


Wednesday 14 October, 5 – 8pm

Craft Up Late: Shining a Light at The New Artisans Gallery
Milsons Point: Shining a Light on our teachers and makers: a taster event of all the classes held in the gallery. Be inspired!

From Little Things at Bridget Kennedy Project Space
North Sydney: An exhibition of wearable art by jeweller in residence Regina Krawets.

Retracing at Art Space on The Concourse
Chatswood: An exhibition of craft and design that explores the influence of the local area on artists connected to Willoughby City.

Burnt Out: Changing Clay to Art at Incinerator Art Space
Willoughby: An exhibition comprises a selection of exceptional pieces from the 2019 Advanced Diploma Visual Arts (Ceramics) graduating class from the Northern Beaches Ceramics class of TAFE Brookvale.

Glenn Barkley ceramics. Photo by Leeroy T


Thursday 15 October, 5 – 8pm

The Craft of
Glebe: will run a series of workshops based on ceramic techniques and processes run by the community of resident artists that call home.

A Handmade Life at Chrissie Cotter Gallery
Camperdown: Six Inner West artists exhibit new work responding to the unique challenges of being a modern-day maker. The work ranges in discipline from jewellery to print making, wall art to wearables.

Sydney College of the Arts, Up Late
Camperdown: An opportunity to visit the new state-of-the-art Object studios. An engaging evening of live demonstrations, experimental techniques, ceramic wheel throwing, kiln firings; and drawing with hot glass.

Mossy Mountain Workshop by Grandpa Cat at The Happenstore
Annandale: Create an intricate and unique 3D moss inspired embroidery piece with textile artist Amy Jones. Materials provided.

Liz Williamson: Open Studio and Studio Sale
Stanmore: Visit respected weaver, Liz Williamson’s studio for an insight into her practice, live demonstrations of loom weaving and studio sale of textile works.  

Techstyle Tinker Time! at Bobbin and Ink
Petersham: Tinker with electronic components, learn some basic circuit theory and understand how they can be used in different textile and fibre applications.

Change Makers in Lewisham at Corban & Blair Window Gallery
Lewisham: Using a signature Corban & Blair box frame, 20 designers and makers express their feelings and/or role as a Change Maker.

Summer Hill: Come and make your own mini CUPCODOLL with head Cupconian Luke Temby. Using hand-stitching, screen-printing, a hot iron and other fun techniques. All materials provided, suitable for ages 8 and up.

Upcycled threads: Weaving remnants into wearable art by The Social Outfit
Newtown: Nicole Robins will demonstrate a number of basketry/crochet/ weaving/sewing skills and possibilities with our fabric remnants to make woven wearables. Bring your own cords and ribbons to add to the mix.

The MakerSpace & Co. Makers Conference
Marrickville: A weekend of opportunities to connect with, be inspired by and learn from artists and experts who help small creatives develop and promote their brand including panel discussions, Q&A sessions, informative workshops, practical workshops, networking opportunities.

Adventures in Bookbinding at the Owl & Lion Bindery
St Peters: Bookbinding and Beer – book craft workshop accompanied by craft beer.

Make Your Own Tote Bag Workshop with LoveAndWest
Arncliffe: A two-hour workshop to make a fully lined and pocketed tote bag from vintage linen tea towels. All materials provided. Three participants per class.

Changing our approach to embroidery at The Embroiderers' Guild NSW
Concord West: An evening of embroidery... but not as you know it. Grab an embroidery hoop and give 'drawing with stitches' a try or have a go at creative stitching your old t-shirt, jeans or tea-towel. Materials Included.

Hand Over by Windowsmiths
Balmain: Join Fiona Meller, Marcia Swaby and Helen Wyatt in their micro art trail between F Tanner Baker Micro-Galleries and the Windowsmiths installation in Balmain.

Change It Up by CraftNSW at the Balmain Watch House
Balmain: An exhibition of bespoke garments, ceramics, glass, timber, jewellery, planters and objects.

Fibre Art in Australia Shop
Balmain: Australian makers showcase and sell their creations directly to the public with 100% of sales going back to the designer. Creative classes are also on offer.

PIVOT by Niefe and co in the Inner West
Various locations: Local designers displaying their work in craft distilleries, breweries, cafes and  purveyors to highlight that crafters are always changing and adapting through the most uncertain of times.

Image credits (top to bottom):

JMGA Exhibition Opening, 2018 (Gaffa). Photo by Merena Nguyen
Niki McDonald, Tea a Drink with Jam and Bread (Tapestry Girl at TAP Gallery). Image courtesy of the artist
Earrings by Regina Krawets (Bridget Kennedy Project Space). Photo courtesy of the artist Experimental Ceramic Studio firing ( Photo by Leeroy T