This privately funded facility is a unique cultural asset that contributes to and enhances the life of Gippsland.

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Original Vision

The Cowwarr Art Space came into being when Carolyn Crossley purchased the old Cowwarr Butter Factory in November 1992. It took six months of extensive renovations before it opened as the Cowwarr Art Space in June 1993. The following year the Cowwarr Arts Network the not-for-profit Incorporated Association was formed and continues to operate out of the space. It is through nurturing and expanding relationships that Carolyn's vision has been realised.

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The distinctive Federation Arts & Crafts styling and concrete construction define the building as an exemplary example of post WW1 design. The former Cowwarr Butter Factory is architecturally significant and his listed with the National Trust and Heritage Victoria. 

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Early History

The discovery of Gold at Walhalla in 1862 created great expansion in the district.  The Fresh Food and Storage Company opened a creamery around 1880 and in 1897 The Cowwarr Cheese and Butter Factory Co. Ltd. was formed. Construction of the current building commenced in 1918 to take advantage of the new railway line and station. 


First Peoples

Of course the history goes far beyond that of white settlement. The Gunaikurnai people are the Traditional Owners of Gippsland.  Gunaikurnai people have occupied the land for over 40,000 years. The Gunaikurnai Nation is made up of five major clans. Cowwarr Art Space is on the land of the Brayakaulung people.  Learn More

 The art space is a listed building REGISTER NO. 1282, U625243F 06/02/1997

The art space is a listed building REGISTER NO. 1282, U625243F 06/02/1997