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Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades 

The Rare Trades Centre will draw on the Living Museum’s showcase of rare trades and shine a light on contemporary practices that derive from historic, or artisan trades. Launching in June 2022, the intent is for the Rare Trades Centre to become a nationally significant facility to teach, learn and experience working with the tools and practices. The Rare Trades Centre will invite people to build their skill and create a viable practice in artisan crafts, through workshops and residencies. Working with world-leading practitioners and with partnership as key, the Rare Trades Centre will protect and pass on Australia’s rare trades.

Located within the former Gold Museum, this distinctive, brutalist building invites visitors to further explore the world of rare and artisan trades through an active program of workshops. The Rare Trades Centre draws on the Outdoor Museum’s practice of intangible heritage, showcasing contemporary practices that derive from rare, historic, or artisan trades. The Rare Trades Centre aims to be a nationally significant facility to teach, learn and experience working with the tools and practices deriving from rare trades.

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The Center will house clean workshops (woodworking, ceramics, paper, leather, textiles) and dirty workshops (glass, metal, stone) and flexible workshops will accommodate changing trades, such as:

  • Heritage ironwork
  • Jewellery-making
  • Joinery
  • Carving
  • Furniture-making
  • Paper making
  • Printmaking
  • Typography
  • Fabric printing
  • Leather

The space will also incorporate:

Artist / makers in residence studios for external practitioners accommodate a vibrant program of artists-in-residence, practicing across a diverse range of fields.

Offering for sale works by featured makers or artists-in-residence, as well as tools and materials connected to the workshops (This area will have the potential to be reconfigured as part of an Event/Restaurant Space).

Rare trades spaces and workshop gives visitors an opportunity to meet with artisans and engage with learning their practice. Hands on learning workshops will be from 30 minutes to 5 days. Workshops will take place across a wide variety of practices to become National leaders in:

  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Textile
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Heritage building trades

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