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Uncovered

Showcasing artistic talent on a new stage at the Sydney Opera House.

Are you an Australian based maker with a product that is deserving of a new stage to shine on?

Now in its fourth year, Uncovered is a platform for local artists, makers, creatives and artisans to showcase their artistic excellence through the support of our Uncovered program.

It’s an opportunity for Australian-designed products to headline a residency in the Sydney Opera House’s on-site and online retail shop, and for the creatives to join the growing Uncovered community of alumni participants.

Applications for Uncovered 2023 have now closed. Applicants will be contacted from 10 October 2023. Meet our Uncovered 2022 artists below.

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The Program

Uncovered is all about discovering new local makers, designers, artisans and creatives. Got a local business in mind? Maybe it's yours. Read through the program details and criteria, and if you tick all the boxes we hope to see your application in the mix. 

We recommend prior to completing your submission you read through the Sydney Opera House’s values, and consider how your product(s) align to our values and connect to the following criteria: creativity, innovation, and suitability for the Sydney Opera House Shop. Extra consideration will be given to sustainable and First Nations products.


Product submissions are being invited across three categories:

For the Young and the Young at Heart
Products that bring fun, laughter and learning to all ages. These could be toys, books, puzzles or games but we’re excited to see your creative ideas.

For the Home
Products that make a house a home. These could be prints, ceramics, toiletries, furnishings or ornaments but we’re excited to see your creative ideas.

For the Look
Products that enhance, embellish or embolden your look. These could be bags, jewellery, accessories, scarves or hats but we’re excited to see your creative ideas.

Sydney Opera House values

Creativity
Be bold and innovative

Excellence
Strive for the best

Collaboration
One team

Accountability
Focus and own it

Safety
Our greatest responsibility 

The selected applicants will receive guidance and support from the Uncovered team and join the growing Uncovered community of alumni participants to connect and create with.

Uncovered exists to support and showcase up and coming Australian creative makers, artists and designers and project their stories and creativity through the Sydney Opera House platforms.

Nicky Brandon, General Manager Tours, Retail and Projects - Visitor Experience

Meet the 2022 Uncovered artists

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Mwerre Soap & Skin

Meet our Uncovered Alumni

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Uncovered: fromBIGthings

fromBIGthings is a Sydney-based model maker studio run by Adrian Veale. Adrian is dedicated to the recreation of architecture and buildings from across Sydney and Australia in plaster as an expression of their design for all to enjoy. Every model is made by hand with a combination of digital 3D printing and eco-friendly resin/plaster casts. Hand finished details are added to each model using traditional handmade techniques.

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Uncovered: Elph Ceramics

Founded by sisters Eloise and Sophie Rankine, Elph Ceramics is a ceramic homewares business that combines artistic sensibility with minimalist design. Locally handcrafted and sustainably made in the Southern Highlands in New South Wales, Elph Ceramics pieces are designed for everyday use - to be cherished and kept forever.

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Uncovered: Mwerre Soap & Skin

Liz Liddle is the founder of Mwerre - Soap and Skin, a First Nations female-owned small business that manufactures artisan soaps based in Creswick, Victoria. Meaning ‘good’ or ‘beautiful’ in Arrernte, a First Nations language group in Central Australia, Mwerre (pronounced Mwah-rah) uses native ingredients to produce handmade soaps with Indigenous clay minerals and botanicals that protect and care for the skin.

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Uncovered: Yinarr Maramali

Amy Hammond and Lorrelle Munro are the co-founders of Yinarr Maramali, a Gomeroi women’s business based on Country in Tamworth NSW. Meaning “made by Gomeroi women’s hands”, Yinarr Maramali use natural materials collected by hand from Country to make a range of hand-woven baskets, coolamons and dilly bags.

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Uncovered: Richard Greenacre

With his range of porcelain ceramics, Richard Greenacre is the latest Uncovered alumni in the Homewares and Gifts category. An industrial designer by day and ceramicist by night, Richard experiments with different materials and software to see how he can bring a new take to ceramic craft. 

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Uncovered: popaboutdesign

With her range of original prints, Jane from popaboutdesign submitted her work to the Prints, Photography and Art category. A Sydney local who’s trained as an architect, Jane exhibits a remarkable level of detail in her prints, with each of the pools and the Opera House sails all drawn to scale and designed to complement each other. 

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Uncovered: Milly Dent

Sydney-based ceramicist Milly Dent has been selected for Uncovered retail program. We spoke to Milly about her work, where she finds inspiration and her Sydney Opera House Shop collection.

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Uncovered: SoulSilk

Queensland-based artist Simin Contractor of SoulSilk has been selected for Uncovered’s Clothing and Accessories category.  We spoke to Simin about her Sydney Opera House Shop collection which features three hand-painted silk scarves inspired by Australian botanicals.

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Uncovered: Eggpicnic

We spoke with Sydney-based designers Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso of Eggpicnic who have been selected for Uncovered’s Prints, Photography & Art category. 

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