Peter Lehmann Arts and Education Trust benefits high-calibre Barossa projects

The increasingly popular Busk ‘til Dusk event, which will take centre stage during the 2019 Barossa Vintage Festival, was one of seven projects to receive funds under Peter Lehmann Arts and Education Trust.
The increasingly popular Busk ‘til Dusk event, which will take centre stage during the 2019 Barossa Vintage Festival, was one of seven projects to receive funds under Peter Lehmann Arts and Education Trust.

The first round of the Peter Lehmann Arts and Education Trust (PLAET) has resulted in a response from high-calibre applicants, according to Margaret Lehmann.

“The range and richness of the applications would have struck a chord with Peter,” wife of the late Barossa winemaking legend and advisory committee chair said.

“I didn’t know what to expect with this inaugural round, but the results exceeded even my highest hopes - and made selection very hard.”

Almost $21,000 will be shared between seven successful applicants:

  • Two exciting projects showcasing the Hill and Son Organ - Joshua Van Konklenberg will work with Adam Page on a CD of organ improvisations based on art, poems or prose provided by Barossa residents, while Sebastian Phlox will create a new organ composition based on the Barossa. The two projects both aim to make the Organ an ongoing and vibrant part of Barossa cultural life and open it to new audiences through school workshops, and a joint launch in August 2019.
  • Preservation and protection of the historical Luhr’s Cottage
  • Workshops to assist Tutti Visual Arts Group to create artworks for SALA 2019 (all artists are living with a disability)
  • Creation of a mural as part of the redesign of the courtyard at Barossa Village
  • Busk Til Dusk – a Barossa Vintage Festival event for musicians aged 12-25
  • Development of a toolkit by Danielle Edwards to assist Barossa farmers and food producers to promote the Barossa as a food tourism destination and to create an ongoing demand for their products

“The Hill and Son Grand Organ was a project that Peter and I took a personal interest in, and loved to visit on Saturday mornings to check on the progress of the restoration,” Mrs Lehmann explained. 

“It is essential that opportunities for this great instrument continue to be a vital part of musical life, not just in the Barossa, so I am especially excited about the projects that will focus on making this wonderful organ part of 21 st century music making,” she added.

“As a result of these grants, we will see many exciting projects come to fruition in the coming year. The awards will reach into many corners of the community including youth, the aged and the disabled as well as projects to engage the whole community,” Barossa Foundation chair Nick Slape said.

PLAET was established in 2014 to increase arts and cultural learning opportunities and access by providing grants for a range of arts, culture and education based projects.

Foundation Barossa oversees the administration of the trust with an advisory committee, including members of the Lehmann family.