About Us

Who are we?

The Australian Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades is a place to learn and preserve Australia’s rare trades through a series of workshops and masterclasses.

The Rare Trades Centre aims to:

  • Provide a world class education facility in traditional trades, crafts and skills
  • Encourage innovation and exploration
  • Offer a specialist alternative into workshops and advance training in specialist trades
  • Give everyone the opportunity to learn traditional skills
  • Create an environment that champions traditional arts and trades

What do we believe in?

We are built from a love of heritage and a desire to create things that last, and our ambition is to connect people to lifelong learning.

We believe in human capability and the mastery of practice and are passionate about preserving the knowledge and ability of those that have come before us.

Informed by our past, we imagine a world where contemporary practice and future innovation is supported by our dedication to expertise and skill sharing.

We think value and worth is defined by more than just price, and that working with expert tradespeople, everyone has the potential to create and contribute to the enduring legacy of human skill.

Why are rare trades important?

Thanks to Global Footprint Network, a research organisation that helps countries manage natural resources and respond to climate change, if everyone lived and consumed resources like Australians do, the years’ worth of resources on the planet would be used up by March 12. Or, put in other terms we would need 5.2 Earths for every year of life. 

It is not possible to continue the consumerist path we are taking filled with throw away items, cheap plastics, landfill, low value, low quality items.  Our future must contain an investment into human capability and the ability to make things that last.  

We think everyone has the potential to create and contribute to the enduring legacy of human skill and in doing so create a more sustainable future with an emphasis on buying things only once. If we don’t invest in our collective ability to make and create, we will be looking at a future where we are powerless to affect positive change.