Montsalvat is Australia's oldest continuously active artists' community; a place where art in all its forms is made and taught, and art's transformative power is celebrated in exhibitions, festivals, concerts, workshops and artists' residencies.
Montsalvat is also a place of welcome to all - old and young, committed and curious. Everyone is invited to find peace and pleasure in Montsalvat's lovingly tended gardens, enjoy Montsalvat's exhibitions, its restaurant and hospitality, and marvel at its complex of buildings that evoke a European past while exemplifying a very Australian trait of recycling and architectural inventiveness.
Montsalvat's artist-founder, Justus Jorgensen, took his inspiration from the villages of France, but the Montsalvat he built with artist friends and families, notably the prodigiously talented Skipper family, is fashioned out of the clay and stone of this beautiful Eltham hillside, and pieced together with many remnants of Australia's architectural heritage. Look through the larger bay window in the Upper Gallery and you might learn that it once graced the Victorian Insurance Building. Lean against the great wooden uprights in the Barn Gallery and you will be told they were once wharf timbers from Wollongong.
Montsalvat prides itself on being a place where art is made and taught as well as exhibited. It has long been home to men and woman whose hands and minds can conjure beauty out of wood, clay, stone, words, charcoal, ink, paint, canvas, metal and marble, and who are adept at passing on their skills to others. Montsalvat offers art classes, artist studios and a diverse and exciting program of arts events and exhibitions across a variety of artistic mediums.
In addition, the Great Hall with its polished slate floor, large open fireplace, wooden refractory tables and stained glass windows. Our blue-stone chapel with its picturesque pond or the long gallery and the associated pool area provides the perfect setting for a wedding, social function or business conference.
Open 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm
Admission to the gallery spaces are free. Entry fees apply for access to the grounds and heritage buildings.
How to get there: 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham VIC 3095.
Melway Reference 22 A8
FREE parking available on-site
Train (Hurstbridge line) to Eltham station and bus #582 (Eltham Town Service). Disembark at the Rockliffe St / Mt Pleasant Rd stop and walk a short distance along Hillcrest Ave to Montsalvat.
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⊜ 7 Hillcrest Ave Eltham | Map
✆ (03) 9439 7712
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