Montsalvat, Australia’s oldest artist community, is situated in Nillumbik Shire's Eltham township. 

Founded by Justus Jörgensen in the 1930s, Montsalvat has been an inspiration to various artists, laying the foundations for them to explore and celebrate their own creativity

Montsalvat’s arts community has grown to include national and internationally acclaimed artists and artisans from a wide variety of arts practices including Helen Lempriere, Albert Tucker, Clifton Pugh, Jock Frater and Max Meldrum.

Opening hours are 9am - 5pm, seven days a week.

There is free admission to exhibitions in the Barn Gallery, Long Gallery and Residents Gallery.

Entrance Fees:

Adults $14.00
Concessions $10.00
Children under 5: FREE
Children aged 5-12 $8.00

Families $35.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children under 13)
Group (10-20) $12.00 / Group (20+) $10.00


EXHIBITIONS - August 2019

Baldessin Studio - The Story
Barn Gallery, 25 July - 15 September
Resident Gallery, 25 July - 18 August

"This exhibition, featuring work by Baldessin and friends, explores the various forms of contemporary printmaking. It includes artworks from the studio’s workshops, residencies and scholarship holders."

Lucy Chapman - Winter Journey 
Long Gallery, 31 July - 25 August

"Winter Journey is a body of work comprising twenty-four 61 x 61 cm canvases painted in acrylic or acrylic and oil, inspired by the twenty-four respective Winterreise poems famously set to music by Franz Schubert."



Flinders Quartet - Shostakovich; Through The Lens Of The String Quartet
Sunday 4 August, 2:30pm, tickets available through the Melbourne Recital Centre only.

"In a unique concept, Flinders Quartet explore Shostakovich’s life through a prism of his string quartets."

Firebird Trio - Inspiration Tango
Sunday 18 August, 1pm tango lesson, 2pm concert, tickets available at

"Featuring tango music by Gardel, Golijov, Albeniz, Ginastera and Kats-chernin, Firebird Trio pianist and composer, Benjamin Martin contributes a new evocative  Australian tango for the trio. "

Simone de Haan and Ren Walters - The Beauty of Living Sound
Sunday 25 August, 2 - 3:30pm, tickets available at

"The Beauty of Living Sound emerges from a deeply personal interrogation of the roots of sound-making as an expressive, creative action in form."

Joseph Tawadros - The Art Of The Oud
Thursday 19 September, 7:30 - 9pm, tickets available at

"Montsalvat is proud to host Joseph Tawadros, internally acclaimed oud performer and composer, as part of his 2019 Australian Tour."



Related blog posts

People, places, stories – we bring the Yarra Valley to life for you with blogs that capture the heart of this remarkable destination. Find Your Self in the history of an award-winning winery, inspired by a recipe featuring local produce or learning the secret locations that offer the best views or the foodie experience that you will never forget.

Get the inside word on where to get the best coffee, find fabulous day itineraries, immersive cultural experiences, and perfect getaway accommodation. Live like a local and wander through nature at your pace jump on a cycling track or maybe for you it's a drive through the majestic forest trees. It’s all here.

Share our stories and create your own!

A month of Sundays in Nillumbik

If you spend the week yearning for wide open spaces, fresh air and some real time with the ones you love, Find Your Self in Nillumbik this Sunday – just one hour’s drive from Melbourne (and on your way to the Yarra Valley!).