Arts Flashback

To celebrate Arts Victoria's 40th anniversary we've hit the archives
and uncovered some choice moments in the development of
Victoria's arts sector.

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1977

Meat Market becomes a craft centre

The historic Metropolitan Meat Market in North Melbourne was transformed into a hub for Australia's burgeoning craft sector in the late 1970s (the 1978 'Arts Victoria' state-wide festival was devoted to Craft). The iconic 1880 building was purchased by the Victorian Government in 1977 and re-opened as the Meat Market Craft Centre in November 1979.

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The Centre was home to the Crafts Council of Victoria (est. 1970, now known as Craft, alongside groups such as the Victorian Wood Workers' Association, the Victorian Ceramic Group, the Lace Guild and the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria. The craft centre operated until 1990s, before being extensively redeveloped and reborn as the Meat Market Arts House, a multi-purpose contemporary arts space, in 2004.

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