Take a self-guided tour of Sydney’s makerspaces and learn more about this inspiring local movement.
Discover what projects makers have in the works, and learn more about digital fabrication, woodworking, artisanal craft and more. Take a tour of the studios and work spaces and take the opportunity to meet makers from many disciplines. This is a perfect event for those interested in joining a maker community, or for those who just want to discover what it’s all about!
Drop by your favourite makerspace or challenge yourself to see them all. Download your Open Studio Day map here: SSF17_OpenStudioDayMap.
Backyard Network, 145 Norton Street, Leichardt, 2050
Backyard Network is a community space, working studio and sustainability hub. In practice it is an ever-evolving fusion of art, community upskilling, urban resourcing and food production where crafters, gardeners and artists can create, exhibit and sell their work. www.backyardnetwork.org
Bobbin and Ink, 412 Parramatta Road, Petersham, 2049
Bobbin and Ink is a supervised workspace, studio and shop front for people who love community, sewing and screen printing. www.bobbinandink.com
The Bower, Building 24, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, NSW, 2204
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre is an environmental charity and cooperative committed to reducing waste going to landfill. It is a treasure trove of delights and inspiration. Pick up preloved furniture or source raw material for your next DIY project. www.thebower.org.au
Cornersmith Picklery, 441 Illawarra Road, Marrickville, NSW, 2204
is a family run business with two cafes, a picklery, a cooking school and a cookbook. Cornersmith believes in ethical food production, sustainable business practices and community engagement. www.cornersmith.com.au
Eveleigh Works, Australian Technology Park, Bay 2, Locomotive Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016
Situated in a historical industrial workshop, Eveleigh Works offers classes in blacksmithing, knifemaking, damascus steel and metal sculpture. https://eveleigh.works
Kil.n.it, 184 Glebe Point Road (behind the St Helen’s Community Centre), Glebe, 2037
Established by artists in 2015, Kil.n.it provides studios, opportunities, workshop space and classes to those with an explorative, avant-garde attitude to ceramics across craft and art contexts. www.kil-n-it.com
Makerspace &co, 17 Barclay Street, Marrickville, NSW, 2204
Australia’s biggest public-access workshop. Equipped for woodwork, metalwork, ceramics, textiles, mechantronics and printmaking it is a place where people come together to design, make, and learn. From designers and fabricators running full-time businesses through to dabblers, fixers and DIY-ers, Makerspace &company’s Marrickville workshop is the best place to turn ideas into reality. Makerspace &company is open to the public for visits and tours, drop in any time. Makerspace.org.au
The Makery, 106 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010
Continuing on their crusade for creativity, Work-Shop have set up The Makery, an initiative to help local artists, designers and makers exhibit and sell their creations. www.work-shop.com.au/themakery/
Pyrmont Ultimo Glebe (PUG) Mens Shed, Jubilee Obal, Glebe, 2037
Pyrmont Ultimo Glebe Mens Shed is a group work community space with a fully equipped timber workshop and with products on display and for sale. Take a guided tour and learn what each machine does and enjoy music drummed up by members.
Reverse Garbage, Building 8, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville
Reverse Garbage is an award-winning environmental co-operative committed to promoting sustainability. Each year Reverse Garbage collects tonnes of resources including reusable off-cuts, over-runs, art & craft materials, stage props, nicnacs and furniture. Visit Reverse Garbage to pick up the parts for your next project! Reversegarbage.org.au
Sew Make Create, Suite 4, 38 City Road, Chippendale, 2008
Sew Make Create has a regular program of sewing, craft and creative workshops. They provide drop-in sewing studio space for designers, artists, makers and creatives. Visit them to learn how to screen print fabric, make jewellery, crochet, basket weave and more! www.sewmakecreate.com.au
Snepo Labs, 95 Riley Street, Darlinghurst, 2010
Snepo Labs is the first certified FabLab on the East Coast of Australia. Snepo Labs brings together universities, corporates and startups to accelerate the time to market using the latest digital fabrication tools. Designed with play and fun at its core, Snepo Labs is a perfect place to develop new skills and invent innovative new projects. https://fablab.snepo.com
Visit Snepo for a busy day of workshops on digital fabrication, micro-computers and machine learning. Register at https://tinyurl.com/y6uuoxhk
Sydney Clay Studio, Unit 3A, 1-7 Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters, 2044
A new collective of professional potters and ceramic artists offering studios, communal areas, classes and private tuition and the creative energy of a combined 60+ years of experience. www.sydneyclaystudio.com
UNSW Art and Design Makerspace, F Block Ground Floor, UNSW Art and Design, Greens Road, Paddington, 2021
UNSW Art and Design’s Makerspace is a platform and incubator for collaborative making and seeks to dissolve the gaps between the disciplines of art and design, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Visit to learn more about 3D printing, scanning, Arrduino and more. https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/campus/makerspace
Work-Shop, Corner of Cleveland and Eveleigh Street, Redfern, 2016
Work-Shop is a creative space that provides affordable short courses in life skills and alternative art. From 3D printing and stencil art through to music and gardening–life skills and personal development through to cooking doughnuts and mushroom foraging. Work-Shop offers a broad range of fun and creative short courses for everyone.