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.
Saskia Killingbeck 1938 – 2018
Sadly Saskia died in the Renmark Hospital at 6.30 in the morning of Friday 3rd August 2018. She was the daughter of two of the Montsalvat founding artists - Sonia Skipper and Arthur Munday.
She was born and brought up at Montsalvat, where she was taught to paint, and also to handle animals under the guidance of her aunt Helen Skipper.
Saskia married John Killingbeck and helped him run his dairy farm, first in Yarra Glen and then a few years later at Kyabram, where they developed a fine jersey herd of milking cows.
Whilst married to John she raised two children, Juan who lives in Alice Springs and Serge who resides in New South Wales.
Sas and John moved back to Eltham so the children could attend school.
In the early 1970’s I persuaded her to come back and help as we resurrected Montsalvat. Saskia quickly became central to our team.
An extremely hard working, versatile and dedicated worker Sas would happily clean, render, plaster and whitewash the buildings and also work in the gardens. When there was a reception she would move into the kitchens where she became the head functions cook.
She was integral in developing the Montsalvat style of catering.
Notes by Sigmund Jörgensen.
A memorial service will be held in the Upstairs Gallery of the Great Hall at Montsalvat on 20th August at 1.00 pm. Should you wish to attend can you please RSVP to Sigmund Jörgensen 0418 549 541 or by email: Sigmund.email@example.com
We will all miss her.
Arts Community image: Camilla Tadich, Departed, courtesy of the artist and MARS Gallery
Whats On image: Nillumbik Prize 2018 Winner: Anna McDermott, 1. The outside limit of an object, area of surface. 2. Move or cause to move gradually or furtively in a particular direction, 2016, digital video still printed on canson cotton rag, 105cm x 59cm