Ballarat to show its creative side with new open studio program

Ballarat artists, makers and creatives will join forces for the city’s largest open studio program in April next year.  

From 3-13 April, Ballarat Open Studios: Art of Making will be a program of exhibitions, workshops, talks and art studio trails over Easter and the school holidays.

Working in alliance with Craft Victoria, Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC), the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Fibre Arts Australia and Sovereign Hill, visitors and locals will have the chance to explore the city's trades, arts and crafts.

Go behind the scenes in the workshops, homes, studios, gardens, warehouses and unused spaces where artists work their trade.

Ballarat Open Studios: Art of Making will celebrate the master right through to the trainee, providing experiences in learning a new skill or perfecting an old one.

“As a UNESCO Creative City of Craft and Folk Art, the Ballarat Open Studios program will help reinvigorate and recapture the craft of indigenous communities,” City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Ben Taylor said.

“It will celebrate, protect and reinterpret rare and forgotten crafts and help to grow new trades and sectors.”