Seppeltsfield and JamFactory have announced the
opening of the much anticipated art studios and retail space at the Barossa
estate as Saturday November 2nd, to be officially opened by the
South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill.
The collaborative tourism project will see an 1850s
stables building at Seppeltsfield redeveloped to house studios and workshops
for up to 12 artisans in residence, along with a retail outlet showcasing
JamFactory’s renowned contemporary art pieces. The studios will be designed to
enable an interactive viewing of artisans at work including metal, jewellery
and leather specialists, as well as offering a public exhibition space to
complement the JamFactory’s Morphett Street and Rundle Mall galleries.
studios have been supported the Federal Government Department of Resources,
Energy and Tourism via a Tourism Quality Projects (T-QUAL) grant, which assisted with a $100,000
injection matched dollar-for-dollar by Seppeltsfield.
Barossa Valley builders, Bartsch Homes, were
commissioned by Seppeltsfield and JamFactory to manage the redevelopment of the
stables building, which has involved several special projects to recycle or repurpose
winery materials in the studio’s design. This includes the re-use of 500kg
slate fermentation lids - previously used in the winery’s Gravity Cellar - as
pedestrian paths, as well as two large vinegar vats as display alcoves.
Seppeltsfield Managing Director, Warren Randall,
says the opening of the JamFactory studios is a significant milestone in the
estate’s tourism plans. “We are thrilled to welcome the co-location of
JamFactory to Seppeltsfield, aligning two South Australian icons and bringing new
layers to the Barossa’s tourism offer”, said Mr Randall. “It will be a pleasure
to work alongside JamFactory’s board and management to provide new
opportunities for local artists, craftspeople and designers to showcase their
talents at Seppeltsfield,” he added.
The launch of the new studios at Seppeltsfield also
coincides with JamFactory’s 40th anniversary, which has been
celebrated with the release of a limited edition 1973 Vintage Tawny. The 40
year old Tawny drawn from Seppeltsfield’s Centennial Collection has been
encapsulated by the JamFactory in bespoke hand-blown glass bottles. Only 40
bottles have been released, available for $400 each, with proceeds going
towards the studio developments at Seppeltsfield.
Following official proceedings on Saturday November
2nd, the JamFactory Studios at Seppeltsfield will be open to the
public on Sunday 3rd November.
JamFactory at Seppeltsfield will be
open 7 days a week from 11am - 5.00pm, located within the Seppeltsfield estate
- Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield SA 5355.