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October 11th- 20 October 2024

Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling Rd, Balmain.

This exhibition is part of Sydney Craft Week, one of many exhibitions and open studios organised by Australian Design Centre. CraftNSW has interpreted RESPONSE as 'Interactive', where our members and invited guests will be displaying their works in textiles, fine silver, wood, glass, clay and more. Members interact with the environment, explore and adapt techniques, respond and play with colour and design. Hearts, hands and imagination determine the works.

Visitors will be encouraged to RESPOND by attending free hands-on workshops in various textile techniques with a tutor. The craft experience will include wrapping large and small god's eyes with colour, weaving hoops with coloured fabric as wallhangings, learning Japanese braiding and arm knitting.
Material and equipment are all provided for a stimulating class. The workshops will be held throughout the exhibition.



Work by Denise Lithgow


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Nov 30- Dec 1 2024  10 am- 4pm

1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge  2037

The historic Rozelle Tram Depot was Built in 1904 and once housed over 200 trams. It has been beautifully restored and is now known as the Tramsheds. It's one of Sydney's most exciting food and lifestyle destinations, featuring eleven restaurants ( Bodega 1904 and Flour Eggs Water are two) and community-based vendors. The precinct offers something to suit all tastes, occasions, and budgets, and at the Tramsheds there are always new experiences to savour.

Tramsheds is easy to get to... Jubilee Park Light Rail Station is very close, and two hours free car parking is available..

 Members of the Society of Arts and Crafts will be exhibiting on the upper floor with other artisans and guilds You will be able to see a variety of textiles, ceramics, decoupage, jewellery, woodwork and glass.



Exhibitions 2025

  • The Shop Gallery, Glebe - June  4 –for 7 days.
  • Balmain Watch House – for Sydney Craft Week in Oct 2025


Exhibitions in 2023

 Reflections of Time

 The next group exhibition, “Reflections of Time”, is a showcase of creative artists joining together to exhibit their exploration of a common theme. Time is precious. Spare time is rare. Time to create is joyous. The visual idea is personal, the learning and developmental journey is at times, challenging, but ultimately exciting.

With fellowship and mutual respect Craft NSW present their interpretation of time. The process of sharing dissolves the many hours to achieve the artists end result.

You are welcome to attend and view our unique diversity of time honoured skills.

Watch House Gallery

179 Darling Street, Balmain, NSW

The exhibition dates 6th -15th October. 11 am – 6pm daily. Free Entry.

All artworks are for sale.

Previous exhibitions....

Explore the surface 

We encourage the viewer to appreciate

the whimsical, the functional, the decorative and

the introspective interpretations of surface.

Creative artists join to exhibit their exploration on a common theme. We look over, below and the emergence from, apparent exteriority.

Unified by an expression of ‘surface’, a unique diversity of artistic skills present their thoughtful interpretations.  Ceramics, wearable textiles, fibre art, woodwork sculptures and jewellery works ask you to think of the surface and beyond.

All works are for sale

Where: The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW

When: Friday18th – Tuesday 29th August 2023

Times: 11 am - 5.30 pm, daily

Opening Event and Meet the Artisans: 3 pm – 5.30 pm Saturday 19th August.



Handcrafted - The Perfect Gift

 April 27-29th 2023......

Brush Farm House, 27 to 30 April, 10am to 5pm, Sunday 10am-1pm.


Claudia Chan Shaw ‘Art Nouveau’ talk

11 to 11.45am - Saturday 29 April

RSVP essential email, to gallery@artsandcraftsnsw.com.au


‘Handmade - the perfect gift’ is an exhibition of Craft NSW’s members for inspirational gifts for Mother’s Day. The range of crafts is wide, unique and varied including handwoven textiles, fine silver  and beautifully coloured cloisonné jewellery, platters, bowls and necklaces made from glass, brilliantly hand painted silk hangings, wearable art garments, hand knitted floor rugs and ceramics and then some. All hand crafted perfectly and with devotion.

Claudia Chan Shaw, a very dynamic and knowledgeable speaker will be giving a talk with images on Art Nouveau. Claudia is a brilliant presenter, and her talk will open up the Art Nouveau world to the audience. Saturday 29 April, Free admission.

Brush Farm House is the historic home of Gregory Blaxland, with construction of the first section in 1820. It is a lovely place, with a peaceful ambience, long open verandahs to enjoy the view and relax. Admire the iron lacework of the balconies, the woodwork in the staircase and the fireplaces of this home.  A great venue for our exhibition "Handcrafted- a Perfect Gift"



Handcrafted- Rethink, Reuse, Recycle

This exhibition is in association with the Australian Design Centre  

celebrating Sydney Craft Week 2022 at

Balmain Watch House

179 Darling St Balmain  

October 7-18th 2022

Open daily 10am- 6pm


Meet the Makers 1-5pm Thursday 13th October

Craft up Late 5-8pm Thursday 13th October


Guest exhibitors:

Lynn Pavey - textiles

Nicola Coady - Ceramics

Kerry Budding - Ceramics

Paul Hurst - Ceramics

Robyn Morris - Textiles

Nichola Bryan- Recycled Materials- Birds

Marylin Peters- Textiles

Lynne Ambler -Textiles, Craft Jewellery

Jeltje Jansen Buijtendorp- Ceramics



Handcrafted- The Perfect Gift

April 27 - May 8 2022 at Tate and Co 168 King St Newtown.




Exhibitions in 2021


This was our first  online exhibition which  was opened by our ambassador for Craft NSW, Claudia Chan Shaw, October 8 2021 to October 31 2021.   

We had three wonderful guest exhibitors, Lynn Pavey-textile artist and 2 artists working in ceramics- Nicky Coady and Cintia Yamane Lemann.

The work of our guest artists and the work of Craft NSW members was featured in the online exhibition. Textiles were more dynamic than ever - woven, shibori dyed, knitted, crocheted, painted and embroidered; woodwork to please the hand and eye, jewellery to amuse and admire and all made by hand with a dedication to craft.

The  Value of Hands Online Exhibition was part of Sydney  Craft Week 2021 and coordinated by the Australian Design Centre. This festival aimed to showcase our creativity and the power of making Craft. 



Stories Told

Sunday 15-Sunday 30 May 2021

STORIES TOLD … by inspired makers
Narratives of the handmade object, by inspired makers.

Every handmade object has a narrative, the history or ‘story’ of its making. Whether it is the source of the raw materials – the particular clay site, pigment, dye, metal, timber or threads, the nature and origin of the necessary tools, or the inspiration behind individual patterns and motifs, the story of each handmade object is unique.



Handmade with Passion…and celebration of the Lunar New Year

An exhibition of handmade crafts in traditional and contemporary interpretations by The Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales

Please join us!! 

Previous Exhibitions in 2020


"Skills Plus" - Not only but Also. 20/3/20 - 10/4/20

Cancelled as we had to close our Gallery space. We are so sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment.

 An exhibition showcasing the many combined talents of our members, and also students and tutors from our workshop program. 




"Rat a Tat Tat "- Lunar New Year Exhibition

Jan 25 - Feb 9  2020.

Our Lunar Festival exhibition opening is 2-4pm Sat 25 January with Guqin music and guest exhibitors. Special evening meet the makers 5-7pm Thurs 6 Feb. Celebrating the Year of the Rat. The Asian concept of a rat is a spirited animal having vitality, flexibility, cleverness and the ability to foresee danger, they even look after each other! People born in a Year of the Rat are witty, clever and also industrious.
Featuring guest artists @fandongwang @kanmadeceramics @ursulaburgoyne8 and members of CraftNSW.


"Mediative Lanscapes" by Hyun Mi Lee

7- 12 January 2020

Hyun Mi was born in South Korea and moved to Sydney where she completed her Bachelor and postgraduate degree in visual arts at the University of Sydney. She now lives in both Australia and Germany with her husband Tilmann who is a photographer, performance and light artist. 
The elements and philosophy of Hyun Mi's paintings are transformed and reinvented as objects of desire. The works are individually designed and created to highlight the beauty of the materials, and colour and form.
Choose sensual, hand modelled pieces with bright colours or monochrome designs to collect and wear. All are unique and handcrafted.

Shibori - All Tied Up

A display of Shibori work by 4 of our members. Sylvia Riley, Liz Gemmell, Neelam Singhal and Carolyn Cabena. 



This Is Us - Ceramics exhibition



Sarah, Briget and Caroline are three ceramicists who bonded through clay at TAFENSW Brookvale Campus. We are delighted to host their new exhibition with us at Craft NSW. Their Exhibition, “This Is Us”, showcases their latest works which feature dry glazes, raku firing, high fire glazes and fibres dipped in slip. Sarah is influenced by her travels to the outback, she loves the boab trees and their shapes and texture. She has used raku firing and dry glazes to bring the trees to life. Still working with natural forms, Sarah has created the Genesis series of saggar fired and glazed eggs. Bridget’s female forms come in all shapes and sizes, as in real life. Bridget has also been working on functional ware and developing her glaze combinations. Caroline’s creations stem from her love of yarn, in this series of work Caroline has combined fibres with liquid clay or slip and created vessel like shapes. The forms are knitted or crocheted using natural fibres. They look like a soft yarnie knitted form yet hold their ceramic shape. 

Continuing Excellence - one year on

24th Oct - 17th Nov

24 October - 17 November 2019

It takes 2 to Tango  19 September - 9 October 2019

Paired works by the potters of the Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales 

Please join us and our group of 8 potters at the opening of this exhibition on Thursday 19th September from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Craft NSW Gallery, 12 Argyle Place, Miller’s Point Sydney. The exhibition, which includes both functional and sculptural works in a  diverse range of styles and techniques, will be opened by the wonderful Mulan Gock of Mu Gallery.



Pigs In Mud 1st -24th Feb 2019. Celebrating the Chinese new Year with Pigs and friends

Photo  Pigs by Pauline Ryan.

Craft NSW Celebrates the Year of the Pig, with a Ceramic Exhibition, Pigs In Mud.


Our Window display changes all the time with a new and interesting focus on our members' creativity. 

August : Our Art speaks louder than words    


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