Montsalvat Wedding Venue, Eltham, Melbourne
Montsalvat Wedding Venue can cater for intimate or lively Weddings, with a seated Reception available for up to 130 guests in the magnificent Great Hall or cocktail style under the stars by the Ornamental Pool for up to 200 guests.
Montsalvat’s artist-founder, Justus Jörgensen, 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.
A guided tour of Montsalvat is like an archaeological dig into art and architectural ingenuity. And if you look up into the trees you can sometimes see works wrought out of natural materials by twenty-first century artists whose passion for the local environment extends into fashioning its twigs and vines into art to make children stare in wonderment.
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, studio places and short-term residencies to a wide variety of artists, experienced and aspiring.
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