Craft NSW is the home of the Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales
Founded in 1906, the Society was established by six craftspeople who met in Mosman for a discussion on the future of arts and crafts in Australia. They wanted to develop uniquely Australian hand crafts in both design and materials as in 1906 Australia's supply of materials and equipment was dependent on English imports. This organisation is now Australia’s oldest craft association having celebrated their Centenary in 2006.
Many of the members belong to craft guilds and are teachers or administrators of their craft and their work is held in public collections: the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Powerhouse Museum.
With its long history of exhibiting and supporting craftworkers, in the mid 70's, the Society had its first gallery in The Rocks precinct, then moved into Metcalfe arcade in 1985. This followed a move into the heritage listed Old Coroners Court in 2006 during its Centenary year where it began to trade under the name Craft NSW.
Craft NSW has reinvented itself recently and is now a gallery in Millers Point, between The Rocks and Barangaroo where the members of the Society run the gallery.
Susan Cochrane from "OZ ARTS" magazine.
“The beautifully appointed CraftNSW gallery is the makers’ space, with displays featuring a
constantly changing kaleidoscope of original, one-off pieces - all objects of desire. There
are no employees. Visitors and clients encounter makers who are well informed
about all aspects of the diverse range of objects and their respective makers”