Set in the striking industrial buildings of the former Onkaparinga Woollen Mill, our visions for the future include gallery spaces, artist studios, workshops, artists in residence, a retail store and a heritage display celebrating the history of the Mill.
For now, Fabrik is only open during special events and exhibitions, but this availability will grow as we do. Please keep any eye on our website for current activities and opportunities to be involved.
The Onkaparinga Woollen Mill site is one of the few former mill precincts in Australia that has been well preserved and successfully repurposed. When the Mill closed in the early 1990s the precinct was managed by Council and became a home for start-up business enterprises. Today there are eight established food, wine and engineering businesses on site and as many people employed as there were when the Mill closed.
Throughout this time a cluster of industrial buildings in the heart of the site have been used for cultural purposes, including markets, community museum displays and art exhibitions. In 2015 a local art collective called Hills Art formed to develop arts and cultural activity at the Mill and to demonstrate to Council and the wider community the potential the site held as a cultural centre. The success of these community members, along with extensive community consultation, led to the decision of the Adelaide Hills Council in 2018 to develop an arts and heritage hub, aimed at building community connections, encouraging community creativity, attracting visitors to Lobethal and supporting arts business enterprises.
The language of textiles is rich and we had many wonderful options to choose from. Fabrik is the German word for factory or mill and its use acknowledges the old woollen mill’s functions as well as giving a nod to Lobethal’s German roots.
As things grow and develop here at Fabrik there will be many opportunities for community members and artists to join us as volunteers.
We are currently on the lookout for volunteers to welcome visitors and operate our pop-up retail shop during our SALA exhibitions in August. If you love providing hospitality and selling wonderful, artisan-made treasures, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org