Artisans Guild


George Town Artisan Guild – Project Concept Plan  

 Artisans Guild 



The approved purpose of the funding is to establish a new Artisans Guild in George Town to support local crafts people, including a new retail display store. A self-sustaining incorporated collective of Artists and Artisans sharing physical spaces and human capital to create, showcase and retail their crafts.



To provide:

  • retail and gallery space for creatives to showcase and sell their products;
  • a governance framework to achieve optimal operating model, independence and self-sustainable: and
  • affordable spaces in the form of workshops and studios for local creatives to share skills, interests and socially engage while crafting their wares in a central location.



The municipal area of George Town is home to a vast array of talented creatives producing fine art, wood work, metal work, textiles, ceramics, cultural artefacts and various other crafts. A number of art groups exist, however there is no independent entity that represents all artists or artisans or physical space within George Town to co-create, collaborate, socialise, exhibit and sell their creations.

The Artisans Guild initiative will provide the environment for creatives to thrive, share their knowledge and skills, provide pathways for developing and future artists and also add to.



Council will provide a retail space on Macquarie Street for artists to showcase and sell their wares. The space will managed under a cooperative model where artists/artisans give their time to staff the retail space.

Council will also establish an ‘Artisans Guild’ providing support for governance, marketing and business inauguration with a view to transition the ‘Artisans Guild’ to an independent and sustainable entity.

Council will also provide a physical space for creatives to lease/rent at low cost based on an application process and assessment criteria to be defined.  These spaces will provide power and lighting for a ‘studio like’ space.  The collective of spaces will comprise toilet facilitates, gallery space, commercial kitchen, firing kiln, internal and external workshop spaces and the ability to host skills classes.


To view the Grant Deed please click HERE


 Artisans Guild



George Town Council is calling on all local artists, artisans and craftspeople to help create an exciting new Arts and Artisans Guild in George Town. We are holding a series of workshops in early 2023. These workshops are exclusively for practicing local artists, artisans and craftspeople. 


For all local artists, artisans and craftspeople.
We will explain everything you need to know about the Project and take your questions.

  • Project goals
  • Governance requirements
  • What’s in it for you
  • Project history to date
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Selection criteria for participation

Tuesday 24th of January 2023 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm OR Wednesday 25th of January 2023 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
At the George Town Community Hub



How to become an Arts and Artisans Guild member, including role and responsibilities.
This Workshop is only open to those who participated in Workshop one. It will include externally facilitated group discussions and interactive exercises.

  • Priority actions
  • How to make Expressions of Interest
  • How to ensure we achieve the governance requirements
  • How we will manage procedures and roles
  • What support and training might be needed by participants
  • How to elect a governing committee to run the incorporated collective

Tuesday 7th of February 2023 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm OR  Wednesday 8th of February 2023 | 9:30am - 12:30pm
At the George Town Community Hub


BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL -  You must attend Workshop 1 to book Workshop 2.

FULL DETAILS AVAILABLE WHEN BOOKING ON EVENTBRITE. For more information about bookings contact Thelma: or 03 6382 8800



George Town Council  is supported by the Tasmanian Government.