The Arts are very much a part of the Barossa lifestyle. This is why in every town (apart from all of the Barossa Valley wineries you can find in every town and in-between) you will find museum art galleries and craft outlets to wander through and maybe even find that piece which captures your heart and your imagination.
Many studios offer the visitor the chance to see artists at work and see lots of heritage crafts. These include cooperage and quilting which provides a treasured link to the Barossa’s rich and colourful history. However, many of the wineries, cafes and retail outlets in the valley usually feature touring and permanent museum exhibitions. This makes for the prefect merge with the pleasures of food, the arts and off course, the wines.
For example, the Barossa Regional Gallery in Tanunda usually has an ever changing variety of local as well as touring exhibitions. The Barossa Regional Gallery is host to the Barossa Vintage Festival collection as well as the Soldiers Memorial Gallery. They also host a variety of local and other touring exhibitions. Some of the other permanent galleries include the Long Gallery. They are dedicated to the works of local artists as well as the Hill and Son Grand Organ restoration project. This is a true community effort. It’s a labour of love for local craftsmen and organ lovers alike. This magnificent instrument which was originally built for the Adelaide Town Hall, has been lovingly restored to its original splendour. They also host a lot of regular concerts.
From Tanunda driving west is The Jam Factory Regional Artists Studio. Its situated in the historic stables building located at Seppeltsfield. This studio provides studio space for around a dozen professional artisans, boasts a gallery with high quality warehouse lighting for free public exhibitions as well as a retail shop presenting outstanding hand-made local products.
A walkway that separates the space lets visitors see skilled makers at their craft, learn about the materials and processes behind the products as well as discover the heritage of the building. The building dates back to 1850. Another cool gallery is Luhr’s Cottage at Light Pass. It was originally built in 1846 and is definitely a fascinating look into life as an original Barossa settler. If you want more information on this awesome family activity, click here: Luhrs Cottage (DOCX 0kb).