With a strong artist community and an increasing cultural events calendar, Southern Adelaide’s coast, McLaren Vale and Willunga showcase an inspirational, vibrant and exciting arts scene.
Experience the creative vibrancy of the region. Visit one of the many galleries, open studios, exhibition spaces or festivals, offering an ever increasing calendar of cultural experiences.
Port Noarlunga is the jewel in the region’s artistic crown. The seaside precinct is home to the impressive Arts Centre, which holds exhibitions and classes throughout the year – a great starting point for artistic adventures. Last year saw the opening of the gorgeous Sauerbier House, a redeveloped heritage cottage featuring a number of artist studios and an exhibition space.
This year, the McLaren Vale township welcomes its own arts hub, the Fleurieu Arthouse. The gallery, retail, studio and workshop space breathes new life into the former Dryden Gallery at Hardy’s Tintara. “The beautiful thing about the arts culture in this region is that the community is really connected and the local wineries support the artists,” says Anna Small, local sculptor and founder of the new Fleurieu Arthouse.
Continue your artistic adventures around the region with a glass of wine in hand or a delicious meal at one of the many combined food, wine and arts spaces. The Fleurieu Arts and Culture Guide showcases over 100 venues throughout the region exhibiting art, many of these cellar door and restaurants. Here’s some highlights:
- Angove Family Winemakers
- Chapel Hill Winery
- Dog Ridge Wines
- Fox Creek Wines
- Gemtree Wines
- Hardy’s Tintara
- Hugo Wines
- Kay Brothers Amery
- Maxwell Wines
- McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre
- Paxton Winery
“Every six weeks the art house will be featuring a different exhibition and the artist studios will also offer an opportunity to meet and talk to the artists. We’ll be offering workshops for visitors too. The space is about bringing the artist community together as a place of work, but also as a gallery to experience local artworks,” says Anna.
Meander on to Willunga and find yourself in arts heaven, with a range of options to browse and buy along High Street. Willunga Gallery, Off the Slate Gallery and Arts Collective all showcase a variety of local works, so you can take home an original piece of local artwork too.
Don’t forget to look out for one of the many cultural arts events held in the region. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the coveted Fleurieu Biennale, a milestone not only for the prestigious art prize but also for the region. “Connection to the Fleurieu is the theme for 2018, with exhibitions and associated arts trails celebrating artworks around the region,” says Alison Russell, secretary of the Biennale Committee.
For more information on upcoming arts events visit onkaparingacity.com
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