The new Spotlight Makers Pavilion will be buzzing with Show visitors and more than 4000 exhibits on display as part of the 2019 Royal Melbourne Show Art, Craft & Cookery Competition. You’ll see incredible creations from makers of all different genres including photography, delicate crochet, millinery, preserves, decorated cakes and more.
Get inspired by Melbourne Makers
Watch free demonstrations daily by some of Melbourne’s most influential makers in The Spotlight Inspiration Space. Learn about the key stages of portrait illustration with Vanessa Vanderhaven or watch as Sheree from Polly Collective designs her own beads and uses them to create statement earrings. Be inspired to sew your own reusable shopper with You Sew Girl or watch as The Confectionist shows us her amazing cookie decorating skills - and much more!
Vintage Show Challenges
Originally known as Women’s Industries, the Royal Melbourne Show Art, Craft & Cookery competition was first introduced in 1911. To celebrate our colourful history we're displaying Vintage Show Challenges including Cheese Straws (introduced to the competition in 1919) and Birthday Cakes (introduced in 1927). Let's see what delicacies tradition brings!
The Mighty Angus creative challenge exhibit
Don't miss the ‘The Mighty Angus’ creative challenge exhibit as we celebrate the 2019 Royal Melbourne Show Beef Cattle feature breed – The Angus with art and photography.
See moments, expressions and beauty- from portraits to environmental, experimental to the ubiquitous ‘selfie’ captured in this exhibit.
Discover the beauty of live sculpting as our Artist-In-Residence Colombian born Melbourne Artist Alexander Esenarro forms ceramics every day of Show.
Vote for your favourite tea cosy. Each handmade tea cosy in the exhibition has been matched by a monetary donation to Dementia Australia.
Limited Edition Showbag
The Art, Craft & Cookery Limited Edition Showbag ($25) is the perfect souvenir for any craft lover. There are only 1200 are available, so get in quick for your own beautiful tote bag designed by RMIT design student and artist Briar Griffiths Kemp, filled with goodies valued at more than $150.