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Montsalvat, founded by Justus Jörgensen, is something of a legend - the artist's collective of Montsalvat is known worldwide as one of Australia's most creative and active art centres. It is built much in the style of a medieval French provincial hall and is now one of Melbourne’s iconic heritage buildings. Artists and artisans inhabit the various studios which are spread across the 5 hectares of gardens. An oasis for receptions, conferences and parties, Montsalvat also regularly hosts concerts and exhibitions and is open to visitors. Set in 12 acres of established gardens, the historic buildings include charming mud brick cottages and the impressive Great Hall. A range of spaces are available to hire for artistic endeavours, weddings, business conferences and photography shoots. The Restaurant is an integral part of Montsalvat. Montsalvat is a not-for-profit art centre, administered by a board of independent trustees. A Brief History Justus Jorgensen, as a student of Max Meldrum, had spent many happy hours painting in Eltham. In 1935 Jorgensen purchased land and with his friends commenced the buildings that became Montsalvat. The first buildings were two small French Provincial style cottages where they could stay at weekends. By 1938 work had started on the Great Hall. With the outbreak of World War Two, the collective energies at Montsalvat were redirected and the property became largely self-sufficient, with a market garden, poultry farm and small dairy. Several more buildings were hastily built for the farm - the dairy, barn, stables, silos and storehouses belong to this period. Many of these buildings have now been extended and/or converted into studios and workshops. Since the 1930's, Montsalvat has been an inspiration to various artists, from painter Helen Lempriere to the Rolling Stones, who held a press conference there in 1971. Montsalvat is still ‘home’ to a number of artists, including painters, sculptors, instrument-makers and jewellery makers. What's On Friends of Montsalvat Join Us On Facebook

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