'I go out there on the veranda just looking at this country – it's beautiful. Being here has been so idyllic.'

– Archie Roach AM

'It's got a very calming energy about it. We know the world's going on out there, but everything feels a bit easier to deal with. It's like the land is helping us to do what we're doing. It's talking to us. And really – that view, it's kind of extraordinary, it really is. That's Australia – they are the colours of the Australian summer, in all its glory, I would say. That's as good as it gets.'

– Paul Grabowsky AO

A five minute drive from UKARIA Cultural Centre up the dusty escarpment of Williams Road takes you to a place of quiet contemplation, offering clear unobstructed views that stretch as far and as wide as the eye can see. Twin Peaks – a newly refurbished house and cottage – sits aloft the Mt Barker Summit, a place where the gatherings, rituals and songs of the Peramangk people have been heard for many centuries. Nothing disturbs the tranquillity; one gets the impression it has been like this for thousands of years.

A five-minute drive up the road from the Cultural Centre takes you to a place of quiet contemplation, offering clear unobstructed views that stretch as far and as wide as the eye can see. Twin Peaks – our bespoke artist accomodation and rehearsal studio – sits adjacent to the Mount Barker Summit.

This district is recognised as one of the most significant sacred sites for Indigenous people near Adelaide, with strong connections to the Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri peoples. It was opened up for farming in the mid-nineteenth century and the Twin Peaks property has had a long history as sheep and cattle grazing land. It is our intention to return the twenty-nine-hectare property back to nature, increasing the biodiversity and habitat values for native flora and fauna and enhancing the nature experience for guests.

In a moment of perfect serendipity, the property came up for sale in 2015, shortly before construction of the UKARIA Cultural Centre was completed. It was purchased by Ulrike Klein AO and subsequently gifted to UKARIA in 2019.

UKARIA strives to become known as a place where new work is born and where artist-led collaborations result in new ideas, new experiences and extraordinary outcomes. Through our residency program with the Australia Council for the Arts, UKARIA provides opportunities for high-calibre artists to think, develop, collaborate and create. In 2021 we will extend our program, providing new opportunities for artists. There are also plans to establish a masterclass program to support and inspire young artists.


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