Australian Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades

The Australian Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades (Rare Trades Centre for short) was established in 2022 as a place dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of rare skills, knowledge and practice to ensure the language of ‘making’ in Australia is not lost to history and remains alive and accessible for future generations.
Industrialisation, mass production and globalised markets have had a huge impact on Australia’s ‘making’ industries with skills and knowledge that were once commonplace, now rare.
The Rare Trades Centre is a place dedicated to safeguarding this important part of Australia’s national heritage and offers public programming including workshops, masterclasses, events and residencies.
Located on Wadawurrung Country, Ballarat our world-class facilities for wood-working, metalworking, fashion & textiles, leather and decorative arts reside in a building alongside 150,000 objects in the Australian Centre for Gold Rush Collections.
The Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades is a not-for-profit organisation and part of the Sovereign Hill Museums Association.