42 Exhibitions on Show

There are no less than 42 exhibitions, installations and pop-ups happening during Sydney Craft Week this year, including solo shows, themed shows and members' exhibitions. 


Visit Australian Design Centre to see the non-acquisitive biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand glass artists, FUSE Glass Prize 2020 and an exhibition featuring outstanding contemporary textile art, Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award.

Stanley Street Gallery presents Bundanon: Alice Whish and Vicki Mason; an exhibition of jewellery from a joint artist residency at Bundanon, and Makers of Traditional Change; selected New Zealand jewellery artists from the Handshake Project exhibit work that connects to the context of traditional jewellery.

Borne out of university and school closures during the COVID-19 crisis, the Corona Quilt is a community craft project at Two Emus Cafe by the National Art School for Sydney Craft Week.

The Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens’ Cultivate exhibition is all about exploring the beautiful connection between art and the Botanic Gardens.

Gaffa Gallery will hold a number of exhibitions dedicated to craft, with solo and group shows by local artists celebrating makers In motion, including Zara Collins’ ninth solo exhibition Lost in Thought.

And...There’s a Light On, is Niki McDonald/Tapestry Girl’s textile response to the Sydney Craft Week theme ‘Change Makers’ showing at TAP Gallery.

Sabbia Gallery presents two beautiful glass exhibitions: Nick Mount: This Spring, a solo exhibition by one of Australia’s foremost and internationally-acclaimed contemporary glass artists, alongside Ninuku Arts: New Work in Glass by a group of Indigenous artists located in the furthest communities in the APY Lands of South Australia.

#scomosprayerflags is Tara Glastonbury’s stitched response to the bushfires that devastated large parts of Australia at the beginning of 2020 showing at 107 Projects, where visitors are invited to stitch and add their own flag to the work.

Also showing at 107 Projects for one night only is Connecting Cultures: Storytelling through Indigenous wearable art Gillawarra Arts and Mami Watta Collections have joined forces to bring you an Indigenous fashion show exhibiting new collections of handmade jewellery that celebrate Indigenous cultures and identities.

Left on The Shelf is an exhibition of enamelled relics by Kirsten Junor at the Bench at Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.

Glenn Barkley ceramics. Photo by Leeroy T


Tonic: Textile Art as an Antidote for Now is Margaret McKenna and Deborah Burdett joint exhibition at The Grid Studio, of works resulting from a residency at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse earlier this year.

Kathie Najar and Rhonda Pryor present Tempering, an exhibition of new artworks at Barometer Gallery that focus on the natural world.

Saint Cloche welcomes back ceramic sculptor Natalie Rosin with Chromatic. This body of work is inspired by the colourful and surreal anomalies of the built world.

Chroma Codes Colour Field Installation is a solo show by designer and researcher, Joanna Fowles showing at Superlocalstudio.

Glenn Barkley ceramics. Photo by Leeroy T


Reshaped celebrates the many possibilities of clay as a medium through a variety of contemporary and traditional practices showing at The Shop Gallery, Glebe.

Six Inner West makers exhibit new work for the annual A Handmade Life exhibition at Chrissie Cotter Gallery.

Displayed in the Corban & Blair Window Gallery, Change Makers in Lewisham is an exhibition that explores the artist as a Change Maker.

Alchemy: an exhibition of Sculptural Ceramics is an exhibition that demonstrates the exciting diversity in contemporary ceramics by Kerrie Lowe Gallery.

The artists of MakerSpace will be on show during The MakerSpace & Co. Makers Conference with a pop-up store and exhibition.

SquarePeg Studios Jewellery Events includes a contemporary jewellery exhibition in response to the theme of ‘Change Makers’.

Kirsty Collins’ popup exhibition Reductive/Additive, brings together seven contemporary ceramic artists, on display at Kirsty’s Cooks River Artist studio.

Enjoy the beautiful exhibition Tales by embroidery artist Gillian Bencke at Gallery76, The Embroiderers' Guild NSW as part of their Changing our approach to embroidery series of events.  

Head over to Hand Over and Windowsmiths at F Tanner Baker Micro Gallery in Rozelle to jewellery and visual artists who create installations responding to contemporary society.

Change It Up by CraftNSW is exhibition that features bespoke hand-crafted garments, ceramics, glass, timber, jewellery, planters and objects at the historic Balmain Watch House.

PIVOT by Niefe and co is a series of mini exhibitions where local designers are on display in Inner West craft distilleries, breweries, cafes and purveyors.

Glenn Barkley ceramics. Photo by Leeroy T


The New Artisans Gallery exhibition Lambency focuses on the quality, state, or an instance of being lambent – softly bright and radiant.

Regina Krawets combines her new skills in metalwork with a range of beading techniques in the exhibition From Little Things at Bridget Kennedy Project Space.

Explore stunning jewellery, glass lampwork beads, hand-felted jewellery and ceramics at Meet the Makers by Designers on Show at The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability.

Tension(s)2020: Tamworth Textile Triennial curated by Vic McEwan is an important record of the changing nature and progress of textile practice from a national perspective at Mosman Art Gallery.

The Burnt Out: Changing Clay to Art exhibition comprises a selection of exceptional ceramic pieces from the graduating class of TAFE Brookvale that is showing at the Incinerator Art Space.

Retracing at Art Space on The Concourse, explores the influence of the local area on artists connected to Willoughby City. The exhibition is accompanyied by digital traces of the objects through their artistic sources, history and hidden creative processes.

Glenn Barkley ceramics. Photo by Leeroy T


This year’s ATASDA: Textiles and Surface Design Open Day will be held at Sutherland Pensioners Centre Hall, where members are nurtured in their textile and surface design journey through exhibitions, visiting galleries and networking.  

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 celebrates the creativity and achievements of female artists across NSW. Take a tour of the house and exhibition presented by Sydney Living Museums.

Glenn Barkley ceramics. Photo by Leeroy T


The SweetSpot Show is an online exhibition of one-off stencil-printed fabric panels by Julie Paterson of CLOTH Fabric fame.

Image credits (top to bottom):

Kathie Najar, Jewel of the mountain, 2020 from Tempering. Image courtesy of the artist.
Alice Whish, Bowerbird Egg Bumbiang Necklace, 2020 from Bundanon by Stanley Street Gallery. Photo by Greg Piper.
Natalie Rosin, La Fabrica no.1 and Casa Estudio no.1, 2020 from Chromatic at Saint Cloche. Image courtesy Saint Cloche.
Kirsty Collins, Black Ikebana Vase, 2020 from her pop up Reductive/Additive. Photo: Matthew Syres Photography.
Ceri Muter, Lightbulb Moments, 2020 from The New Artisans Gallery exhibition Lambency. Image courtesy of the artist.
ATASDA, South Group Challenge Kandinsky (detail), 2019, ATASDA: Textiles and Surface Design Open Day. Photo: Kelcie Bryant Duguid.
Julie Paterson, SweetSpot, Hoops (detail), from the SweetSpot Show. Image courtesy of the artist.