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Galleries in Mount Barker


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Corkescrew Gallery

George Corke’s artistic excellence is fuelled by his daily drive to prioritise production details and quality, while keeping an eye on the long term…the future.

  • Open Days/times:Open by appointment only
  • Represented Artists:George Corke
  • Galleries:Metal Work,Mixed Media,Woodwork

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

He’s incapable of stinting on the time required to hand-make beautiful, elegant objects which buyers cherish for a life time and bequeath to the next generation as heirlooms or collector’s items.
 
For a number of years he has been creating exquisite timber and metal furniture pieces and sculptures in a Workshop on the farm where he’s lived for 10 years with his family.
 
In his woodcraft and black smith shop he works creating and designing pieces that are unique and mostly a one-of design not just another craft shop but as a place and space that visitors can feel and smell the elements of steel, wood, fire & water, his workshop is  located in apple packing shed built in the early 1900s ,and his creations now being displayed in a purpose built gallery with materials sourced from the refurbishment of the Mount Barker apple cool-stores built in 1918 ,now known as Corkescrew Gallery and Workshop.
 
George says the 100 year old shed “is a perfect complement to the works I exhibit made from W. A. timbers – new and recycled".
 
George's passion for wood starting out  as a carpenter and joiner at the age of 16 and the metal working skills came from his father in law, now 91, a career blacksmith all of his working life.
 
There are plenty of stories such as these to hear and wonders to observe when you visit the Corkescrew Gallery. You’re welcome to spend time enjoying the artworks at your leisure, or alternatively, watch  as George transforms wood and metal into collectible and also functional pieces of furniture and art.

Mount Barker Old Police Station Museum

Mount Barker has an incredibly rich historical heritage consolidated in our amazing old police station museum complex, making this a must see tourist attraction.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Museums:Local History

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  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

History

The original Old Police Station built was by convict labour in 1868. The mid 1880s saw the horse stables divided off as a lockup and a Court House office was added in 1919. Surrounded by magnificent lawns and gardens, the Plantagenet Historical Society opened the Cottage as a museum in 1968, furnishing it with artefacts donated by residents of the Shire.

The Old Police Station was occupied until 1908 when a new police station was constructed next door.

In 1971 the Pioneer Room was built to display more artefacts, in 1985 and 1987 the cottage and stables were restored and in 1994 the Napier Creek one-teacher school was moved to the museum. In 1997 the second Police Station and Court Room were acquired.

Other buildings include a reconstructed 1870s house built of hand split wooden slabs and a complete apple picking shed has been assembled in honour of that industry's historical contribution and his and her "thunder boxes".

Policing

Police duties included having a change of horses ready for the mail coach which operated from Albany to Perth. They also patrolled as far as Esperance (more than 400 kilometres) on horseback and other duties included census, weather reporting and mail deliveries.

Visiting The Museum

Arriving at the museum complex, visitors will be greeted with a range of main and out buildings all nested in beautiful landscaped gardens, with structures festooned in gorgeous and colourful creepers with delicate and aromatic flowers in season, giving very much a yesteryear village like experience.

Anyone visiting the museum complex, especially those with an interest in historical heritage should set aside a few hours. There is an incredible range of historical artefacts, information and images spread through numerous buildings.

Shire Of Plantagenet Art Collection

The gallery was founded in 1956 through a significant bequest of over 40 artworks from Sir Claude Hotchin. Over the years Hotchin continued to donate artworks. The last discernable gift being in 1972.

  • Galleries:Painting,Art Gallery

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  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

Description

Much of the Shire of Plantagenet's Art collection is now on display in the Mount Barker Community Resource Centre, after being in storage due to the redevelopment of the library.

The last discernable gift being in 1972. The total number of works gifted to the Shire is 56.

Other works were acquired by the shire on an ad-hoc basis until the establishment of the annual Shire of Plantagenet Art Acquisition in 1991.

The Shire of Plantagenet collection contains many important works by renowned 20th century, Australian and Western Australian artists that make it one of the most significant local government art collections in Western Australia.

The people of the Shire of Plantagenet are very fortunate to have such a fine art collection. It remains a testament to Claude Hotchin's vision in bringing such quality artworks to the people of regional Western Australia. 

St Werburgh's Chapel

St Werburgh’s Church forms part of the Mount Barker Heritage Trail, a 30 kilometre drive around the picturesque Mount Barker and surrounding area

  • Historical Sites:Churches

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday

Description

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations Landmarks and Buildings
St Werburgh’s Chapel in Mount Barker was built as a place of worship for the original settlers of the area. Examine the excellent craftsmanship and study the history of the church. If your visit falls on a day of worship, attend one of the chapel’s regular services which are still held by candlelight as the chapel has never had electricity.
 
St Werburgh’s Church forms part of the Mount Barker Heritage Trail, a 30 kilometre drive around the picturesque Mount Barker and surrounding area. Stop en-route to see the magnificent views from the Mount Barker lookout and visit the many sites of historical interest.
 
Mount Barker is just over four hours drive south of Perth and the region offers a multitude of attractions to suit all tastes and budgets. A trip to the Porongurup Ranges, the oldest volcanic range in the world, will not disappoint. Wine lovers will love the large selection of first rate wineries. In close proximity to Albany and Denmark, Mount Barker is an excellent base to discover the southeast region.

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