Makers’ Workshop is a superb cultural hub celebrating Tasmania’s makers, innovators and artists. Opened in 2009, this award-winning contemporary building is a “must see” when visiting Burnie. Makers’ Workshop offers a range of visitor experiences including; Interactive paper making tours, cheese tasting, encounters with artists, historic displays, an art gallery, gift shop and licenced café specialising in Tasmanian produce and an accredited visitor information centre.
The story of Burnie’s industrial heritage and deep connection with paper is told at Makers’ Workshop through Australia’s largest handmade paper mill; Creative Paper. Visitors are invited to learn about the history of papermaking, watch paper being made, then try it for themselves in a special interactive tour. Paper-making tours depart every 45 minutes. 30 min duration.
The Cheese Shop offers the finest Tasmanian dairy products for tasting and purchase. Manufactured by Lion, at The Heritage in Burnie, this is the largest specialty cheese manufacturing site in the Southern Hemisphere.
Makers’ Workshop is well known for its vibrant Makers’ Program, a consortium of over 30 local artisans specialising in a variety of art forms. Makers’ demonstrate their skills and techniques to visitors, showcasing a superb range of handmade products and artworks at the on-site studios. An extensive gift shop sells a large range of Makers’ products; local timber, handmade glass, jewellery and textiles are specialities.
Featuring key objects from Burnie’s Regional Museum, historical and interpretive displays present the stories of local industries, people, and families who made things happen in Burnie.
The Makers’ Space gallery is one of the most sought after exhibition spaces in Tasmania. Presenting an annual program of quality exhibitions with a distinctly Tasmanian flavour, Makers’ Space invites you to experience the work of Tasmania’s visual artists, curators, designers and makers.
Great coffee and food is an essential part of the Makers’ Workshop experience; With the best waterfront views in town, the licensed café offers locally-roasted, barista made coffee, and caters for all tastes with a seasonal menu showcasing Tasmanian produce.
The Visitor Information counter is an accredited member of the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network. Friendly, passionate staff and volunteers will provide advice, maps and ideas, book an adventure or accommodation needs.
Since 2014 The University of Tasmania has co-ordinated Makers’ Workshop in recognition of its importance as a place to celebrate and inspire the community.
In 2017 Tasmania’s international arts festival Ten Days on the Island, relocated its festival headquarters to the mezzanine at Makers’ Workshop.