Arty Barossa [1 day]
It’s well known lore that the Barossa was settled by hard-working, devout Lutherans who were prepared to uproot their families and move to the other side of the unknown world in order to practice their religion in peace and work to create a better life for their families.
This rather austere picture doesn’t always naturally conjure images of great art but it’s well documented that these early Barossans loved a great (and long!) party, were naturally gifted musicians and talented proponents of a range of traditional art styles. These talents have been handed down through the generations and are on fine display in our contemporary society.
Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the Barossa’s vibrant music culture at various times throughout the year - check our Events Calendar for upcoming Band Nights, Music Festivals and Concerts.
This itinerary will guide you through a full day in the Barossa – an art lover’s playground.
Start your day with a coffee and fortifying breakfast at the Table Café. It’s a great, local café serving excellent coffee and an inviting, fulfilling breakfast menu. Local’s tip: you can’t go past the corn fitters!
Once you’re fueled up for the day, it’s just a two minute drive up the road to Barossa Chateau. The first stop on our itinerary is Hermann Thumm’s extraordinary porcelain and fine art collection. Personally sourced by Mr Thumm and his wife across over 35 years, the collection includes pieces from the celebrated porcelain houses of Meissen, Sevres, Worchester, Chelsea and Stinton and is the largest of its kind in Australia. Pieces range from tiny to towering and encompass the period from early 18th century to late 19th century. It is simply beautiful. Be warned though– it’s easy to lose yourself in the collection for quite some hours. Barossa Chateau also has a café on site if you need a little pick-me-up!
Our next stop is Tanunda, to view the inspiring collection of authentic Indigenous Art at Corrobboree Dream Art. Don’t be fooled by the tiny shop front – to step inside is to be wholly transported.
The gallery is the result of a 30 year relationship between owners Patricia and Michele Frisari and renowned Indigenous artists from across Australia. Gabriella Possum, Gracie Morgan, George Ward Tjungurrayi and Mitjili Napurrula are all represented in the collection, among many more. The experience is enhanced by Michele and Patricia’s deep knowledge of the works, the family relationships between the artists and the stories depicted on canvas. The beauty and emotional impact of the works is hard to describe in words – the gallery is an absolute must-see in the Barossa.
By now, it’s time for lunch. There are a range of wonderful dining options to choose from in Tanunda. You can browse the cafes and restaurants in our handy
Following from lunch, we’re heading just off the main street of Tanunda to the Barossa Regional Gallery.
The Gallery is housed in the town’s original Soldier’s Memorial Hall and displays a mix of traditional and contemporary architecture. In addition to hosting the work of Australian and regional artists throughout the year across three beautiful spaces, the Gallery also presents an extensive creative workshop program for both adults and children. Their contemporary retail space offers a beautiful array of hand-crafted artisan wares.
Finally, the Gallery is also home to the jewel of the Barossa’s art crown – the 1877 Hill and Son Grand Organ.
The restoration of the Organ was a monumental task – and its completion to such a wonderfully high standard is testament to the very hard work, passion and dedication of the volunteers – and to the support of the wider Barossa community who fundraised tirelessly for many years to fund the project. The image to the left, showing the Organ prior to its restoration gives an idea of the work faced by the volunteers!
You can view a short video about the restoration of the organ here.
The Barossa Regional Gallery hosts regular events featuring the Organ throughout the year – keep an eye on our Events Calendar for more information.
Our final stop for the day is JamFactory at Seppeltsfield. The Seppeltsfield opening is the second iteration for this Adelaide Arts icon, and their gallery space here is stunning. Light and airy, and boasting a intriguing storage room (you’ll have to visit to find out more…..!). JamFactory is a contemporary craft and design studio, gallery and shop, incorporating displays and visual galleries with working artisans in residence. You can see renowned Knife-Maker Barry Gardner in action and Rose-Anne Russell’s beautiful leather work, among others.
The exhibitions are constantly changing, so you’re assured of finding something new and beautiful to marvel at.
This concludes our day of Arty Barossa. One final tip – if you find yourself finishing up at JamFactory towards a later hour, you happen to be approximately 40 steps from FINO at Seppeltsfield – a wonderful option for dinner where Maitre ‘d Sharon Romeo truly elevates the work of hospitality to an art form (see what we did there?!).