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Australian Tourism Award Winner, the Convent Gallery in Daylesford offers a wide range of experiences. This 19th Century Victorian mansion was built in the 1860's as the private residence for the Gold Commissioner, the building was purchased by the Catholic Church in the 1880's and was a convent and boarding school for nearly 100 years. Left in disrepair, the site was purchased by artist Tina Banitska in 1989. Over the past 15 years she has tirelessly and meticulously restored the building and grounds, highlighting its original splendour and combining aspects of contemporary architecture and art into the fabric of the building. Uniting history, spirituality, art and culture all under one roof, The Convent houses seven galleries featuring work by over 100 local, national and international artists. Featuring fine art, sculpture, limited edition prints, ceramics, glassware and textiles, the exhibition program, changing every eight weeks, showcases a diverse array of traditional and contemporary artwork. The Convent retail areas specialise in jewellery, fashion and accessories, produce and unique gifts. The sunlit Mediterranean cafe produces world-class fare in a relaxing and art filled environment. The stylish lounge bar is perfect for intimate rendezvous and vibrant get together's and is open late on Friday and Saturday nights. The most recent developments to the building include an architecturally designed function centre, perfect for weddings, parties and conferences. The views over Daylesford and beyond are unforgettable. Also housing the original chapel and a secret penthouse apartment, and surrounded by six acres of fragrant gardens, The Convent is like no other place on earth. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and get inspired as you enjoy the tranquillity of Daylesford's natural beauty.
From Melbourne, use Westgate Bridge or the Western Ring Road to get on to the Western Highway. Travel down highway until Daylesford turn-off. From turn-off Daylesford is 20 minutes away. Enter Daylesford and follow the signs directing you to the Convent Gallery.
Refer to VicRoads Map 289.
The Altar Bar is open Fridays and Saturdays 12pm til late and Sundays 12pm to 6pm. Please call to make a reservation.