Destination Art: The Borrowed Creative

IN AN IDYLLIC COUNTRY TOWN RICH WITH HISTORY, THE BORROWED CREATIVE IS A SANCTUARY REINVIGORATING THE LOCAL ART SCENE. HARLEY WATTERS WRITES.

Complete with a local pub, country bakery and old-fashioned red telephone box, Chiltern in the Indigo Shire of Victoria has an old-world charm rarely found. On a weekend drive through this unassuming town, Jac Puntoriero fell in love with one particular house. Built in 1859 during the gold rush era, the building was originally an old Kilgour foundry (more commonly known as a blacksmith) with historical detailing intact.

Jac originally bought the property as a weekender she could use to find solitude and paint, but quickly saw potential in the property beyond her own enjoyment.

She fitted the building with guest rooms, a large shared art studio space and commissioned local artist Kirrily Anderson to create a mural to enliven the space. Hence, The Borrowed Creative was born.

“I wanted to create a landing space, a warm inspired place to come to breathe and find your quiet, bringing healing to the world,” says Jac. Initially designed as an artistic getaway destination, Jac tells me the space is now “whatever people want it to be”. The house can be booked by a solo artist wanting to find solace and space to dive into their practice, or can host large groups for teachers to run classes with their students.

Drenched in dappled sunlight peering through grape and wisteria vines, the courtyard has a rustic vibe and leads off to an open plan living area, with a fireplace and a large art studio fitted with easels, trolleys, stools and drop sheets – everything you may need for an art getaway.

Rich in history and inspiration, The Borrowed Creative is more than a weekend getaway. Jac has created a destination to reinvigorate a passion for art, to invite shared collaborative making in an idyllic Australian country town.

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