From sculpture and street art, to pottery, homewares and paintings, McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Coast is scattered with art every which way you turn. With a significant arts history and a vibrant community, the region is full of public art and galleries to explore.
Wineries aside, there’s plenty of other galleries, streetscapes and working studio’s with art to explore. Follow the trail from Port Noarlunga to Willunga with these few key stops.
Port Noarlunga Arts Centre
The Arts Centre hosts a range of exhibitions, workshops and performances throughout the year. There’s also a gift shop offering locally crafted mementos. Staff will guide you through what’s exhibiting and assist with where to go next.
Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga
A working studio and exhibition space, Sauerbier House is an exquisitely restored heritage building situated on the picturesque river mouth at Port Noarlunga. The iconic locale and building are reason enough to visit, but head inside and you can chat to an artist in residence and view their current works.
The Gallery, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre
Part of the region’s Visitor Centre, the Gallery exhibits a range of local artworks, changing throughout the year and is a must-do. The Visitor Centre is also home to expert staff with a wealth of information, maps and guides to help you make the most of your visit too. Ask for the public art trail and Fleurieu Arts and Culture Guide.
Emprades Vintage & Design, Clarendon
Whilst an antique store by trade, it’s set out like a gallery space to browse and wander. There’s everything from exquisite vases to quirky Danish furniture, all housed in a heritage 1860s pickle factory that’s been lovingly restored.
Willunga Glass Studio
Discover the glass creations of Glenn Howlett at his working studio. Creating hand-blown glass works for over 20 years, Glenn is happy to show visitors through his space. Take a special memento home from the gift store and gallery which is also home to Off the Slate gallery hosting a number of other local artists works too.
Micky Barlow Gallery, McLaren Vale
Aboriginal contemporary artist and basket weaver Micky Barlow has recently opened her gallery in McLaren Vale where she displays and sells her stunning work. Her award-winning works tell stories of family members and dreamtime, make sure to chat to Micky while you’re there.
Red Poles, McLaren Vale
One of the regions largest showcase featuring over 350 local and South Australian artists, as well as hosting a unique collection of Indigenous works.
A visit to the Fleurieu Arthouse at Hardy’s Tintara in McLaren Vale is also a must.
To experience the region like a local, talk to the specialists at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre and visit www.mclarenvaleguide.com