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Returning to the Ballarat Mining Exchange over two weekends, Craft Lab 24 marks traditional artisanal skills matched with contemporary treatment. Brought to you in partnership with Craft Victoria and the Rare Trades Centre, Craft Lab explores the moment where function and form meet – examining skill, design, and reinterpretation.

Visitors to this free event can meet and talk with their seventeen demonstrating practitioners, all of whom are willing and available to share their secrets and trade practices. The event also features a central display of exceptional handcrafted work by more than 30 artisans from Ballarat and the surrounding regions.

The practitioners are hugely varied – from ceramicists, jewellers, leatherworkers and basket makers, to shoemakers, glassblowers, quilters, weavers and doll artists. All are chosen for their depth of knowledge as well as their commitment to applying traditional techniques to contemporary practice. Craft Lab seeks to maintain old skills while also exploring how these can be applied in new ways.

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  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss.
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

18 May - 26 May

10:00am - 5:00pm

Mining Exchange

16 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.


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