Craft ACT Namadgi Residency Open Day

Saturday 24 April

Meet the 2021 Craft ACT Artists-in-Residence, Harriet Schwarzrock and Valerie Kirk.

Join them and Craft ACT for a creative open day at the historic Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park.

Transport will be provided: a bus will depart from and return to Civic Square
Saturday 24 April, 8.30am departure; 3:40pm return
Bookings essential by Thursday 22 April. 

Enjoy artist demonstrations and workshops and hear about the inspiration and interpretation of the park environment and its history. This is a unique chance to engage with acclaimed artists selected for this annual artist-in-residence program.

The Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre artist in residence program is supported by ACT Parks and Conservation Service. The 2021 research partner is the Geoscience Australia.

Morning tea will be provided at Gudgenby Ready Cut Cottage. Please bring your own packed lunch and any snacks/drinks as required.

There are two ways to attend:

1. An ACT Parks and Conservation bus will take visitors from Civic Square to Namadgi.

2. You can drive yourself, meeting the bus at 9:45am at the Namadgi Visitors Centre to travel in convoy to the cottage. 

See below for more details.

1. Bus travel

The complementary bus has strictly limited seats. Bookings are essential. If you book and then cannot attend, please cancel your booking so that others may use the seats.

The bus will leave from Civic Square on London Circuit, opposite the Canberra Theatre. Guests will board the bus at 8:30am and departure is strictly at 8:45am.

2. Self-drive option

People may choose to drive their own cars and join the open day group at the Namadgi National Park Visitor Information Centre, Tharwa, at 9.45am. Bookings are essential for both bus and self-drive participants.

Ready-cut Cottage is located approximately 30km south of the Namadgi Visitor Centre, along Boboyan Road. Drivers must travel in with the group from the Namadgi Visitors Centre, but can leave individually.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Book a bus ticket and join a group of like-minded people as you travel to beautiful Namadgi National Park on the ACT Parks and Conservations Service charter bus. The bus will depart from the bus zone at 180 London Circuit, Canberra City near Civic Square. Departure time is 8.30am. We will return at 3.40pm.

Alternatively, you may choose to drive your own car and meet the group at the Namadgi National Park Visitor Information Centre, Tharwa, at 9.45am.

Bookings are essential for bus and self-drive participants.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact with any questions or call Craft ACT on 6262 9333.

What should I bring?

Morning tea will be provided at Gudgenby Ready Cut Cottage. Please bring your own packed lunch and any snacks/drinks as required. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket.

What are the workshops?

Mark Making with stone workshop with Harriet Schwarzrock
A mark making activity for all ages, using some insights gained from Geoscience to draw with stone.

Wax resist workshop with Valerie Kirk
At Namadgi the workshop will engage individuals, families, park visitors, observing and responding to rocks/plants in the park. They will work on paper with wax resist, gathering the marks and patina from rubbings over rock, then in an area designated for painting, apply colour and cut out rock/plant shapes, writing personal reflections on the back. Each person will take home their own artwork and focused experience of Namadgi. The process will encourage closer looking, thinking about current issues and deeper engagement with the park.

Stitch a Scarlet Robin with Sharon Peoples
The Scarlet Robin is often seen at Namadgi National Park. Participants will stitch a Scarlet Robin by using fabric collage and basic stitches. The workshop is aimed at beginners but those who are more adventurous can use more complex embroidery stitches. A kit of fabrics and threads can be purchased at the time of the workshop for $5. Bring along a cushion, rug or fold-up chair. You will also need to bring scissors.

2019 artist-in-residence open day highlights

All photos by 5 Foot Photography