Spice up your calendar with craft and design this month

ArtsHub’s pick for Sydney Craft Week, 2023 Craft Contemporary, Geelong Design Week, plus more exhibitions to inspire and workshops to get you making.
Craft. People standing in tapestry workshop listening to talk

October is a bumper month for craft and design nationally. Over the next 30 days, key dates align with the 2023 Craft Contemporary (Vic), Geelong Design Week (Vic), Sydney Craft Week (NSW), the inaugural MAKE Design Awards (NSW), Open Studios in Canberra and craft markets in Brisbane.

Craft Contemporary is back with over 150 art experiences, including a month-long festival of exhibitions, talks, demonstrations, workshops and open studios, while in Sydney, the 7th edition of Sydney Craft Week Festival (6-15 October) will involve 320 participating artists, as well as 57 participating groups, across 37 Sydney suburbs with 152 events. It is an amazing opportunity to learn new skills and buy from local artists. And that’s just the start….

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina