Ballarat's creative side set to shine this April

More than 20 Ballarat artists will open their doors to the public this April as part of Ballarat Open Studios: Art of Making.

The 3-13 April event will also feature a program of more than 30 exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses and talks.

It will highlight the city’s 2019 appointment as a UNESCO Creative City for Craft and Folk Art.

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

Highlights of the Ballarat Open Studios line-up will include:

  • expert masterclasses hosted by internationally-recognised ceramics artist Vipoo Srivilasa
  • an interactive craft exhibit by Slow Art Collection of a giant Archiloom in the Annexe of the Art Gallery of Ballarat
  • a panel discussion of nationally-recognised speakers debating whether craft is an art form
  • traditional Wadawurrung necklace weaving with proud Wadawurrung ba-gurrk (women)
  • an insight into historical costume reproduction at Sovereign Hill
  • #IWASLANDFILL craft challenge launch
  • Stagecraft – silkscreen collages of fabric tapestries and film at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

“The program allows visitors to go behind the scenes of our creative city, with opportunities to meet the makers and learn new skills,” City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Ben Taylor said.

“As a UNESCO Creative City of Craft and Folk Art, the Ballarat Open Studios program is a comprehensive celebration of our creative skills.”

All events are child-friendly and the extensive program caters to all ages.

Copies of the full program are available at the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall and online at craft.creativeballarat.com.au