Art & Culture

The Fleurieu Peninsula has been an inspiration to creative people for many generations

From the strong and distinctive weaving traditions of the Ngarrindjeri, to sculptors, painters, weavers, glass workers, craftspeople, printmakers and performers who engage their talents in an ongoing tradition that is distinctively ours. You will find that many restaurants, wineries and other venues regularly feature live music by local musicians. 

The Fleurieu Arts & Culture Guide is a great way to explore some of the best galleries and studios across the region.

The Fleurieu has inspired some of the great names in Australia's visual arts and a visit to national and state galleries and museums will find our landscape in the works of Hans Heysen, Dorrit Black, John Olsen, Horace Trennery and Kathleen Sauerbier. Early painters included G.S. Angas and William Light. A drive along the coastal Fleurieu Way interpretive route will help you to understand their inspiration. 

The artistic environment continues to flourish with individuals and cooperatives in many of the region's towns and communities. A stroll down the main streets of Willunga, McLaren Vale, Normanville and in the laneways of Port Noarlunga leads to several art cooperatives and small galleries, stained glass workshops and the quirky finds of curio and antique shops.

There are galleries attached to many of the area's restaurants, wineries and the visitor centres that regularly host local and touring exhibitions.

In Yankalilla, Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa and Strathalbyn you will discover several private and public art spaces. Some specialise in wildlife, others combine good coffee and a browse, while others provide the ambience of historic public buildings to exhibit their works, such as the South Coast Regional Arts Centre in Goolwa or Sauerbier House in Port Noarlunga.

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