Programs

Traditional Craft Skills Workshops

image of traditional craft skills workshop participants

Milete-Tsega Ogbalidet and Lisa Furno, with Lamp #2, 2013. This new work was a result of their collaboration as part of The Third Space: intercultural crafting exhibition. Photograph Grant Hancock.

 

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.

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

We are very proud that the program has recently 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.

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.

Download the information kit on available workshops here

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

 

Masuma Akther teaching Bangladeshi Quilt Embroidery. Photograph Richard Humphrys.

Masuma Akther teaching Bangladeshi Quilt Embroidery. Photograph Richard Humphrys.

 

Some of our workshop leaders are profiled in this document and article With the tip of a needle by Melinda Rackham in Garland.

Past Traditional Skills workshop programs

Traditional Craft Skills Workshop Program 2015

Traditional Craft Skills Workshop Program 2014

The Third Space: Intercultural crafting 2013 

Traditional Craft Skills Workshop Program 2012

Traditional Craft Skills Workshop Program 2011

Traditional Craft Skills Workshop Program 2010