The Third Sunday of every month The Cheese Factory Studio Gallery in Meadows South Australia hosts live music from 1 to 5pm. The "Cheese Factory Sessions" are a unique collection of talented artists sharing their gifts crossing a variety of genres.
The owner Jerome Lyons is a true artist and his wealth of talents housed under the roof of The Cheese Factory surpass the humble frame work of the building and resurrect a new kind of culture.
The now renovated factory is an eclectic work of art in itself. Upon entering, you'll find a café surrounded by unique creations - from musical instruments to paintings by featured artists. Coffee, wine, platters and treats are available to be enjoyed by the fire or inside the performance area at your own table.
The stage is set for perfect view from the ground floor. Balcony seating is available and comes with an option to take the slide down instead of the stairs. Rustic? Yes, but alive with the ability to conjure up childhood memories of play. It seems the adults like the slide as much as the children.
The relaxed atmosphere allows for guests to enjoy the music filling the factory, while discovering new pieces of art for comment decorating the walls.
The outside courtyard is a work in progress. But, much the way you would see a painter's canvas slowly revealing the grand picture, you see the story unfolding here. Sculptures stand in amongst the trees and guests stand in amongst the sculptures; a living work of art.
As if this collage of art and music wasn't enough, Jerome Lyons also makes and sells instruments. The Cheese Factory Studio Gallery is also home to Tribal Instruments Australia. Jerome has taken some of his inspiration from his childhood in Papua New Guinea and from his own spiritual journey to create unique drums and a favourite - The Rain Sticks. The story of the Rain Sticks is found on the website and is very interesting. Drumming workshops are also held the third Saturday of every month from 11 to 1pm and are $15 per person. It's worth it just to see the original drum creations.