St Andrews Uniting Church (former)

Divine Studio

Divine Studio Opening for the Anzac weekend. Phil together with his partner Helena have adapted the space for many creative uses, while also taking care to maintain the original church features. With a shared enthusiasm for art and making, the pair often collaborate on their creations, and since buying the church, they have been regular participants on the Tiny Towns Arts Trail.

Each year they entice trail visitors out to Bealiba with something new and special. This year they will be transforming their 110 year old building into the Divine Studio with exhibits of rare and exotic woods, objects of art, and projects in process. You will also have the opportunity to purchase some colourful woods while you’re there.

Working with wood is a particular passion of Phil’s. He visualises the final outcome for the raw material, removing only enough to reveal the natural form and textures beneath the surface, and every piece tells it’s own story. Combining wood with rescued industrial objects has started him on an exciting journey into creating functional furniture and sculptures from wood and steel.

The Divine Studio will also feature floral artist Robyn Smith. Robyn loves flowers and is a trained floral artist. Her beautiful arrangements have been created for some of Melbourne’s leading florists and are also sold through her own studio – Memento Flores

At 2pm on Sunday 24 April, as part of the Tiny Towns Art Trail, Robyn will be giving a free demonstration of posy making – full of tips you can easily apply at home.  With Mother’s Day coming up just two weeks post trail, this is a great opportunity to get inspired and make a personalised arrangement to take home or to give to someone you love! 

History

Former St Andrews Uniting Church.
110 Years 1910 – 2021
Foundation stone was laid by Mrs Graham – 16th Dec 1910 and was opened by A B Holden.

Originally the Presbyterian Church it became the Uniting Church when the Methodists and Presbyterians amalgamated in 1977.  The last church service was held in 2017.

The Church is now privately owned and is available for functions, community events and visits by appointment.

The Church hosted a book launch and history display for the recent Tiny Towns event held in April 2021 . Please use the contact page for more information on the use of this Church.