Craft Skills Workshops

Masuma Akther teaching Bangladeshi Quilt Embroidery. Photograph Richard Humphrys.

The Guildhouse Traditional Craft Skills Workshop program provides the opportunity for participants to learn traditional craft skills from a range of cultures.

The workshops bring together culturally and linguistically diverse craftspeople with contemporary creative professionals and local community members to share and pass on new skills.

Over the last six years the program has been delivered to more than 600 people in 60 communities in metropolitan Adelaide and regional centres in South Australia. There is potential to extend the program to include more craft methods and expand the delivery to more communities in metropolitan Adelaide and regional centres.

The below short film documents the impact the Guildhouse Traditional Craft Skills Workshop Program has made.

We are very proud that the program has been awarded the 2016 Governor’s Multicultural Award for Arts and Culture. The award was presented by His Excellency the Governor The Honourable Hieu Van Le AO at Government House, in March 2016.

The ‘slow methods’ characteristic of many traditional craft techniques allow for an exchange of stories and ideas between teachers and participants that has aided settlement and cross-cultural understanding. The workshops create valuable opportunities for community connection and participation that celebrate and value cultural diversity, increasing understanding and acceptance throughout the communities it touches.

The program has proven to be a fulfilling experience for all involved, and demand for this style of workshop is strong. It is successful in extending professional development opportunities for creative practitioners, both workshop leaders and participants.

Masuma Akther and Kay Lawrence work on display as part of The Third Space Exhibition.

How to Participate

The Traditional Craft Skills workshop is a fee for service program. Guildhouse organises and facilitates the delivery of these workshops through local councils, community organisations and other organisations wanting to deliver these programs. Guildhouse can create a customised program to fit the requirements of your organisation.

For more details, costings or to discuss creating a customised program for delivery in your community, please contact us directly.

If you are interested in hearing about upcoming workshops please let us know via and we will add you to the relevant mailing list.

Past Traditional Skills Workshop Programs

Traditional Craft Skills Workshop Program 2015

In 2015 Approximately 150 people attended fifteen workshops across City of Unley, Marion City Council, Port Adelaide Enfield and the City of Onkaparinga thanks to funding from the South Australian Government, through Multicultural SA. City of Marion: Bangladeshi Quilt...

Traditional Craft Skills Workshop Program 2014

With the aim of promoting Traditional Craft Skills to Local Government
and Country Arts SA Guildhouse developed a workshop package to provide opportunities for members of emerging communities to reconnect with the crafts pertaining to their cultural heritage, and also...

The Third Space: intercultural crafting

The exhibition was an extension of the Traditional Craft Skills workshop program which has assisted craftspeople from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, in particular refugees, to continue with their traditional craft practices once settled in...

Traditional Craft Skills Workshop Program 2012

Molas of ColombiaLady Narvaez PenalozaFull day workshopCraftsouth Nigerian Indigo DyingOluwole Oginni2 x Full day workshopsTextiles Studio, University of South Australia Afghan EmbroideryHorya Yosufi5 week workshopCraftsouth Bangladeshi Quilt EmbroideryMasuma Akther5...

Traditional Craft Skills 2011

Guildhouse’s Traditional Craft Skills workshop program links culturally and linguistically diverse craftspeople from emerging communities (primarily refugees) with South Australian artists and members of the broader community. The program provides opportunities for...

Craftsouth Traditional Craftskills Project Workshops

Sat 01 January 2011 - Tue 02 November 2010 Location: Various locations Presenter: Abuyo Omot Gilo, Masuma Akther, Tania Hassan, Milete-Tsega Ogbalidet, Lady Narvaez Penoloza, Razija Beganovic Bookings are no longer available. As part of the Craftsouth Traditional...


ART WORKS: Storytelling through Illustration

Fruzsi Kenez, live painting at George Street Piazza event by Norwood council, 2018. Photograph Andre CastellucciTime: 3 x 1.5 hour sessionsTue 14, 21 & 28 May 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Pricing: $90.00 (Limited spaces) Location: Minor Works Building, 22 Stamford Court,...

ART WORKS: ‘Kobe’s Drive’, Kaspar Schmidt Mumm

The Poet by IMMI (detail), 2017, Photographic digital print. Image courtesy the artist.Fri 3 May - Thu 13 June 2019 Location: City Library, Rundle Place, 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000Kobe’s Drive Through collaboration Kaspar Schmidt Mumm and the IMMI collective...

Symposium: From Studio to Gallery

INFORM: Brave New World, 2019, ACE Open. Photograph Rosina Possingham.Sat 11 May 2019, 12:00 - 6:00pm Pricing: Guildhouse Members: $15.00. Non Members: $45.00 (The member cost of attendance covers simply costs for a light lunch, tea and coffee, afternoon snacks and a...