Ciderhouse Gallery

Farm & Art merge in The Ciderhouse Gallery to extend the story of agriculture in Australia.

Current exhibition:

“Crochet Coral Reef”

Until 30 April 2017

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As you walk down the steps of the Ciderhouse Gallery, you enter a cool space with colourful pieces of yarn and fabric all carefully stitched together to create an underwater garden.

The Geelong West Neighbourhood House crochet coral reef was created by a community of approximately 400 volunteers to promote awareness of our natural environment through the medium of craft.

This reef was inspired by the pioneering mathematical works from Christine and Elizabeth Wertheim at the institute for Figuring, Los Angeles.

Visitors are encouraged to have a go at crochet to help build the reef – directions, crochet hooks and yarn are ready for you to try.

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About the Ciderhouse

Tarndwarncoort has produced many different foods and fibres over its 175 years of farming. Technology, climate, consumer demands, bio-security, market forces have all played roles in a constantly evolving agricultural industry.

During the mid-1800’s, there was a large apple, pear and apricot industry in Warncoort. Being Cornish, the Dennis brothers knew a thing or two about making cider, so they had an oak cider press shipped out from England, and set it into a two level stone building and began making cider for the thirsty gold miners in nearby Ballarat.

The Ciderhouse Gallery

The Ciderhouse Gallery

Apple trees were ripped out at the turn of the century due to low prices and root disease, however, the infrastructure remains, including the original press.

The original 1860s Apple Cider press

The original 1860s Apple Cider press

The former Ciderhouse is now a stunning space for our new Gallery.

The Ciderhouse Gallery will exhibit art and craft that represent the form and aesthetic of Australia’s evolving agricultural industry.

Works are for sale and entry is by donation.

Open Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm at Tarndie – Heritage Sheep Farm.

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