Craft comes to life in apron form

Whether you’re a crafty creature, an art-lover, a foodie or just love everything kitsch, this weekend’s unique celebration of the humble apron is one not to be missed.

From traditional looks to make nanna swoon, to forward-thinking designs, this event will showcase wearable art in the way of creative displays, a maker’s market and fun and informative workshops.

The City of Ballarat has been working with the Ballarat Apron Festival as part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival, which runs throughout May. So far the festival has delivered a range of amazing events and displays celebrating the city’s history and creativity throughout May, and the apron festival will help cap off an incredible month.

Ballarat Apron Festival president Emily Stewart explained how the event is the only one of its kind, attracting world-wide attention.

“The humble apron is more than just a piece of fabric to protect the clothes, for many, an apron has unique stories and memories tied up in its strings,” she said.

“Cooking in the kitchen with mum, picking in the garden with grandpa, textiles and embroidery lessons at school. It’s a reminder of family dinners and Christmas lunch and through the craftivist community the apron is now becoming a platform to express ideas on social justice issues and equality.

“Each apron has its own story, and The Ballarat Apron Festival allows people to come together and share those stories.”

There will be many amazing handcrafted aprons, filling eight different competition categories.

Artists displays will showcase the work of the Ballarat Society of Artists, Phoenix College grade 5-6 students and the Pinarc Disability Support arts program – a true community collection.

MasterChef fans will be pleased to see a very special apron on display, belonging to Tim Bone, the Ballarat local toastie enthusiast who made top 4 in his season of the popular cooking television show.

Those who would like to create something truly unique themselves will be able to at the Message Up Your Apron workshop, run at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

“Join craftivists Sharon McDonough and Jem Olsen with artist Kait James to devise, design and execute ways to adapt or update your apron to make it an expression of your own identity and stance on identity, gender politics and social justice issues,” Ms Stewart said.

To tie in with the bee-themed apron competition category this year, visitors will have the opportunity to chat to a beekeeper and do a honey tasting with Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat in support of HiveMind Community Apiary who work to connect people at risk of or living with a mental illness through the use of beekeeping.

With activities for children, live music, as well as access to a café and door prizes, this is a weekend that will delight many, a complete family-friendly event.

Event Details

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Mining Exchange
12 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat Central

Saturday 29th 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 30th May 10:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: $2 at the door
Fully accessible via front entrance

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