our story . 115 years of australian handcraft
Founded in 1906, our Society has a long and complex history. When a group of six craftspeople gathered for afternoon tea and a discussion on the future of arts and crafts in Australia, the initial subscription was one shilling with a fine of sixpence when members failed to exhibit.
australia's oldest craft association
In 1906 Australia's supply of materials and equipment was dependent on English imports. But these six had a home grown objective, to develop and foster uniquely Australian handcrafts in both design and material. And for over one hundred years groups of like-minded crafts men and women have persisted.
Many of our craftmakers are members of craft guilds and work as teachers or administrators of their craft. Some members work is held in public collections: the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Powerhouse Museum. Today, the Society's historical documents are stored in the Mitchell Library.
more than 40 years of art and craft at the rocks
We moved to The Rocks in the mid 70's, with our very first gallery in Harrington Street. Telopea Gallery Craft at The Rocks and Australian Image Craft at The Rocks followed, and now our latest gallery, Craft NSW situated in the heritage listed Old Coroners Court. Sadly, we now have to move again.