Architect on board for Barossa Culture Hub

An architect has been appointed to capture the vision for the Barossa Culture Hub as a regional destination showcasing the unique cultural characteristics of the Barossa.

The Barossa Council will work with Studio S2 Architects to design a masterplan that captures the essence of the Hub as a vibrant and contemporary cultural and creative space.

Key themes to be embedded in the masterplan include:

  • Expanding space for art and creative activities at Barossa Regional Gallery
  • Signposting people to cultural activities and sites throughout the region
  • Showcasing the Hill and Son Grand Organ and our regional musical traditions
  • Developing a dynamic hub for artistic gathering, innovation and collaboration
  • Creating an expanded repository for heritage resources and archives, respectful war memorial and commemoration

Community projects director Jo Thomas said the masterplan would build on extensive preliminary research by stakeholder groups, which helped refine the Barossa Culture Hub concept and vision.

“The work that has been done to-date means we have a strong understanding of the role the Culture Hub will play in the arts and broader community,” she said.

“Our vision from the beginning has been not to replicate or replace, but to provide a reference point and pathway to the many artistic and cultural offerings and venues we already have in our region and help people to fully access and enjoy them.”

Ms Thomas said the masterplanning process would also capture other opportunities, such as improving linkages and signage from the Barossa Visitor Centre and main street to Barossa Regional Gallery.

“We see the Barossa Culture Hub as value-adding to our local industries through making and creating enterprises,” she said.

“The Barossa is known for making food and wine, and we believe shining more light on our authentic artistic, heritage and cultural experiences is a logical extension of that and a genuine driver for positive health and wellbeing, tourism and economic outcomes.”

Once complete the draft masterplan will be released for region-wide community consultation, subject to council approval.