Craft Contemporary | Celebrating the art of craft

Throughout October, coordinated by Craft Victoria, Boroondara Arts invites you to make, create, see and do with the ‘Craft Contemporary 2021’ satellite program of exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops and open studios online.

Celebrate the multifaceted art of craft and participate in Zoom facilitated workshops with Minna Gilligan (collage), Abbey Rich (screen printing), Kylie Stillman (paper sewing), Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald (visible mending), Cassie Leatham (weaving), Lou Hubbard (sculpture making), Lyn Guy (quilted textiles) as well as Sai-Wai Foo, Aaron Billings, Tantri Mustika, and Chenai Mupotsa-Russell who will participate in a panel discussion asking what does our craft-making say about us? What does our creative practice allow us to express? How does this form our individual identity in society?

Rachel Burke, APOMAWISH, 2021. Courtesy the artist, Craft Victoria, Melbourne and Boroondara Arts, Victoria

Gilligan invites guests to learn traditional and contemporary collage techniques over two hours on Tuesday 5 October. Gilligan’s works use abstract mark-making techniques to set the scene for abstract composition, drawn from imagery of the ’60s and ’70s. Guests will be guided through the process of creating their own personalised mixed media artwork.

Stillman will guide an online workshop in creating handmade gift cards and small artworks using a needle and thread on Tuesday 19 October. Guests will explore ways of creating simple and personal imagery to create works that will be ready to frame and hang at home.

View the unique colour palette of the Australian outback through quilted textiles by Guy in ‘Out Back’ at Town Hall Gallery until 11 December. And grab a ball of yarn, make a pompom, and a wish for the future in Burke’s fun, bright installation, ‘APOMAWISH’, at Hawthorn Arts Centre from 1 October to 11 December.

For a full list of what’s on, visit