► To preserve and maintain the heritage listed church building.
► To encourage artists, particularly those who live and work in the Eden Valley area.
► To encourage improved access to and participation in artistic and cultural activities for people with disabilities.
► To promote mental health and wellbeing through artistic and cultural activities.
► To hold art exhibitions and other cultural activities at regular intervals at the centre, including those with a multicultural or indigenous focus.
► To preserve and foster the centre as a place of religious worship and other spiritual activities in the Eden Valley Community.
We aim to reach out to our community and will help you to access service providers by helping you to contact them or arranging visits from them to our venue. Some service providers we have worked alongside are Relationships SA, Carerslink, Leisure Options and more.
Any ideas you might have in relation to this can be raised with the committee in writing, attending a meeting or by contacting Virginia Arnold on 85641087.
The Lillefield Gallery building was originally built as a Baptist/Congregational church in 1928 using funds, labour and materials provided by community members. In 1977 the church and congregation merged with the Uniting Church of Australia (UCA).
As with so many other rural UCA congregations, attendance gradually dwindled over time. Nonetheless, the church was still in demand for a variety of local cultural, artistic and spiritual activities.
Late in 2006, a group of concerned Eden Valley residents discussed the deterioration of the church building. A decision was made that David Lillecrapp, descendant of Albert William Lillecrapp, lease the building and attempt to restore the church interior, which had been badly damaged by fire a few years earlier.
A committee was formed and labour began within four months. The interior was sealed and painted, picture rails were made and installed, and the kitchen floor was tiled; the walls of the hall also received a new coat of paint as did the amenities. The electrical system was upgraded and the plumbing to downpipes attended to.
On 22 July 2007 the 'Lillefield Gallery’ opened its doors for the very first time. The gallery has been a resounding success, catering primarily to local artists. The space has also been used for numerous community events, such as musical evenings, workshops, meditation classes, historical displays, weddings, choir practice and many more.
MOVE TO SELL
Despite all the aforementioned community uses, the Uniting Church pushed hard to sell the property in 2009.
Thankfully, and with the outstanding moral and financial support of The Barossa Council, The Salvation Army, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and the broader community, a deal was brokered to buy the church from the U.C.A., thus returning it to its historical and spiritual custodians: the local people.
Arts & Crafts
LILLEFIELD GALLERY ARTS AND CRAFTS
Our goal at Lillefield Gallery is to encourage the activities of local artists and artisans, particularly those who live and work in the Eden Valley and broader Barossa region. It gives the community a venue to showcase their talents and the opportunity to sell their items to the visiting public. The gallery receives a small commission on the event of a sale.
Lillefield Gallery is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 3.00pm and hosted by volunteers.
The Gallery’s first exhibition was officially opened on 22 July 2007. Caryll Lillecrapp spoke of the Gallery’s aims and invited the guest speaker Ms Kathy Romeo to declare the first Lillefield Gallery exhibition open featurong the work of various local artists and artisans.
Since that time the Gallery has exhibited many and various local art works and craft pieces including a specialised exhibition of shoes and accessories by Rose-Anne Russell and Ruth Croser, who are leather artisans from Eden Valley and Springton. The exhibition was titled ‘Hide and Sleek’.
A ‘Summer Exhibition’ featuring fibre and quilts was opened by Mrs Prue Henschke on November 25, 2007.
‘Dressmaking in the Gallery’ has been another craft activity offered in the past.
In 2011 Lillefield Gallery exhibited during SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Barossa Leisure Options and Arts for Us presented an exhibition ‘Soft House for Sprites’ using recycled materials.
There have been various art and craft workshops conducted, including Mosaics by Chris de Brenni, Art Therapy and a Christmas Mosaic as part of an Eden Valley Christmas Walk.
An excursion was arranged for the Eden Valley Community to visit the ‘Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site’ dating back 8,000 years on the cliffs of the Murray River at Nildottie – Walker Flat.
In May of 2014 Lillefield Gallery hosted in the Eden Valley Institute a ‘Big “Pink” Morning Tea’ featuring guest speakers from the SA Dragon Boat racing team. Local artist Alison Halliday presented her art work ‘Pink Lady – The Apple of My Eye’.
Another successful workshop was enjoyed by participants learning the art of Zentangle. A decorative pattern making technique using the simple tools of pencil, pen and paper.
Volunteers are always welcome to be part of Lillefield Gallery. There is the opportunity to sit in the gallery for two and a half hours a month as well as be part of the organising committee.
Lillefield Gallery regularly changes its displays and invites all local artists and artisans to enquire about exhibiting their work at any time.
Please contact Virginia Arnold if you would like to become involved on 0427 605 699 or 8564 1087 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lillefield Gallery has hosted numerous events over the years, including History Month displays, musical soirees and High Teas.
Come and share your ideas for a local community event.
Services are held on the Second Sunday of every month at 5:00pm. All are welcome and services are interdenominational and accepting. A fellowship shared meal is held after the service.
Our aim is to reach out to our community and will help with referring you to various service providers or arranging visits from service providers to our venue. Some service providers we have worked alongside are Relationships SA, Carerslink, Leisure Options and more.