Generations of artists have been inspired by Clare Valley – by its vistas, by its communities and by the rhythms of life on the land.
One of the most rewarding aspects of a visit to the region is the extent to which you’ll find yourself surrounded by creative people and their endeavours.
Year-round, you’ll find the work of local artists and craftspeople displayed in galleries, restaurants and pubs.
There are musicians at work – quartets playing in restaurants, folk groups entertaining in pubs and a string of bands in Burra’s Old Redruth Gaol in Burra, lighting up the raucous Rock and Roll Festival (February). And there are weekends when whole towns are seized by the cultural spirit -- Kapunda goes Celtic in its March festival, Balaklava has its Rock Eisteddfod in August, and the wine region succumbs to Spanish madness during the El Rocio Festival in April.
Robert Hannaford’s portraits in the Wheatsheaf Pub outside Kapunda.
Roger Murcott’s bird portraits, hung in an underground tank beneath the old mine manager’s house in Kapunda.
The CJ Dennis festival in Auburn (September).
Murray Edwards’ delightful mud brick studio in Watervale, overlooking vineyards, gullies and hills.
The Sevenhill Cellars ‘Shakespeare in the Vines’ al fresco theatre productions (February).
Ian Roberts’ Medika Gallery housed in a Lutheran church in Blyth, near Snowtown.
Bundaleer Weekend – a bi-annual al fresco woodland celebration of the arts with headlining international acts; increasingly seen as one of South Australia’s premier events (March, 2006).
Jazz in the Monster Mine, a rollicking evening in perhaps one of the world’s grandest amphitheatres! (March).
Regional Art Gallery in Burra, home to rare 19th century mining landscapes by ST Gill.
Colin Thiele Birthday celebrations in Eudunda (November).