Vale Sigmund Jörgensen (29 April 1940 – 21 July 2019)
We remember Sigmund Jörgensen OAM, son of Justus Jörgensen who was the founder of Montsalvat.
Sigmund returned from Europe in 1969 to help run Monsalvat, and in 1975 became a Trustee, and thereafter led Montsalvat from 1975 – 2005, during which time he made Montsalvat a haven for local and international artists.
during which time he made Montsalvat a haven for local and international artists. His contributions to art and culture were many, including the Melbourne culinary scene, running the award winning restaurant Clichy, being a judge at the Melbourne Asian Food Festival, food critic for the Melbourne Times and played host to and support the formation of the Montsalvat Jazz Festival which has gone on to become one of the major Melbourne cultural events.
Sigmund was a supporter of the acclaimed student orchestra, the Geminiani Chamber Orchestra; this orchestra trained many of the brilliant young musicians who happen to be back in Melbourne for this week to perform with the Australian World Orchestra.
After his father’s death Sigmund was one of the Directors of the Montsalvat Trust, oversaw the completion of many of Montsalvat’s buildings and initiated others, including the restaurant.
As part of Sigmund’s community involvement he was for a time also the Mayor of the Nillumbik Shire.
A friend and supporter of the arts and artists all his life.
Rest in peace Sigmund.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Montsalvat 2pm Friday 9 August.
Welcome to Montsalvat
Welcome to Montsalvat, where the life of art is lived and a fabled past meets a vibrant present. Montsalvat is Australia’s oldest continuously active artists’ community; a place where art in all its forms is made and taught, and art’s transformative power is celebrated in exhibitions, festivals, concerts, workshops and artists’ residencies.
Montsalvat is also a place of welcome to all – old and young, committed and curious. Everyone is invited to find peace and pleasure in Montsalvat’s lovingly tended gardens, enjoy Montsalvat’s exhibitions, its restaurant and hospitality, and marvel at its complex of buildings that evoke a European past while exemplifying a very Australian trait of recycling and architectural inventiveness.
Arts Community image: Mariella McKinley Glass
Whats On image: Montsalvat Arts Festival
Arts Education image: Denholm Lappas, Claytalk