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Talbot Maker Space

We offer a space where people can create and be inspired.

About us

Talbot Maker Space is a new community program. It builds on the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre’s Woodwork Program that for 25 years has played a vital part in people’s rehabilitation, sense of purpose and community capacity building.

This expanded workshop and studio initiative is currently developing new programs for NDIS approved participants and others.

Benefits

The benefits for participants include:

  • Providing a fun and safe creative outlet where participants can develop skills
  • Increasing activity levels and a sense of wellbeing
  • Nurturing a much-needed social outlet and sense of community through working together
  • Inspiring people to be seen as craftspeople and artists by supporting their individual creative expression
  • Creating community links and pathways to further learning, vocation, or a newly established hobby
Work created for online exhibition ‘The 900 jars project.’

Feedback from our community

Thanks so much, Maker Space. My client said his first session “Was fantastic!! So fantastic!”, and his wife sent a photo of him with a delighted grin and “Having a wonderful time at Maker Space!”

Through the guided support of Maker Space, my client has resumed previous occupations of working with tools (mechanics and woodwork, etc.) for the first time since developing significant disabilities from several strokes. From an OT perspective, resuming participation in activities that mean so much to him is invaluable for building confidence and supporting progress with other capacity-building goals.

Kate, Occupational Therapist

Our current program

Talbot Maker Space – Beginners Program

When

Tuesday mornings 9am to 12pm

Where

Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre – 1 Yarra Blvd, Kew

What

A dynamic, creative and inclusive program open to all people across the spectrum of cognitive and physical disability. Especially suited to those with high needs. (Support workers may need to be provided in some instances).

A flexible approach will be taken where participants will be guided in making a suite of high-end craft objects to develop skills.

Person using woodworking machinery

Coming soon

The Talbot Maker Space can accommodate a broad range of artistic and craft-based endeavors.

From this initial program we will develop additional streams to respond to participant needs and nurture their creative endeavors.

These may include workshops and studios in:

  • furniture making
  • sculpture
  • costume & props
  • 3D printing
  • ceramics

As interest arises, we have scope to introduce:

  • exhibition & other public outcomes
  • online artist profiles
  • retail opportunities
  • studio space
Person using woodworking equipment

Contact us

For further information including intake forms please contact:

Michael O’Dwyer
Maker Space Programs Coordinator
Email: maker.space@austin.org.au

Follow us on Instagram: @talbot_maker_space 

Download our program guide