Peter Lehmann Arts & Education Trust

What is the Peter Lehmann Arts & Education Trust Scholarship & Grant?

The Peter Lehmann Arts and Education Trust (PLAET) was launched in 2014 to nurture and sustain the artistic and cultural fabric of the Barossa by providing access and education to a wide range of arts and cultural activities.

The trust came about to memorialise Peter Lehmann, a true son of the Barossa and supporter of all aspects of Barossa culture and heritage.

The Lehmann Hess Foundation was formed in 2004 as an arts-based Foundation.  The funds generated were given to the restoration of the 1877 Hill and Son Organ, a project that took fourteen years to complete. After Peter’s death, the balance of the trust was used to establish the Peter Lehmann Arts & Education Trust in partnership with the David Thomas Foundation, who generously matched the funds from the Lehmann Hess Foundation as well as donations from the community.

Foundation Barossa oversees the administration of PLAET together with an advisory committee made up of members of the Lehmann family and Barossa community.

The trust will provide annual grants of up to $5000 for projects in a range of artistic categories:

  • Performing and visual arts
  • Literary arts
  • New media
  • Literacy and writing, including writers’ festivals

Central to the trust is a focus on the Barossa Hill and Son Organ. The restoration of this important piece of Barossan history was a project that Peter and Margaret Lehmann took a personal interest in.

The trust will support scholarships, performances, recordings, compositions and audience development, to ensure that this organ continues to be a vital part of musical life in the Barossa and beyond.

The trust will also support artists and artisans to sustain traditional skills and crafts associated with Barossa’s heritage and culture.

Who does the PLAET Scholarship & Grant assist?

In 2019, the Peter Lehmann Arts & Education Trust awarded seven arts, culture, and education-based projects, supported for their contribution to the cultural fabric of the Barossa.

Three projects were selected to showcase the Hill & Son Organ and make it an ongoing vibrant part of Barossa cultural life.

Joshua Van Konkelenberg to establish four organ scholarships to generate and nurture interest in the Hill & Son Organ throughout the year.  One of the students also received additional funding for organ music.

The Tanunda Town Band received a grant to engage a composing mentor for a group of the Band’s composers

A grant was provided to Ellie Neindorf to create a website and map showcasing the bushwalking trails through the Barossa, which has been well received by both locals and visitors.

Site inspection and preparation of conservation documentation for Rechner Cottage Conservation Association was supported by a grant.

A grant has provided for Nuriootpa Town Band to create place-based art on the outside of the Nuriootpa Town Band Hall with the intention of promoting the band, it’s heritage and its role in the local community.

Funding was provided to the She Is group to support the 100 Barossa Artists initiative in curating the self-portraits and holding of the exhibition at the pop-up art studio in Nuriootpa.


Is my activity eligible?

PLAET grants are open to individuals and organisations. Projects will be chosen based on their ability to sustain, nurture and encourage arts and cultural performance and education in the wider Barossa community.

The types of activities to be funded may include (but are not limited to):

  • Skills development (especially those that preserve and promote the heritage of the Barossa)
  • Audience development and improved access to arts and cultural activities in the Barossa
  • Creation and presentation of new artwork in any medium including visual arts, music, theatre, digital arts and literature
  • Research projects
  • Professional education and development, including educational scholarships

PLAET got off to a great start. I was delighted at the first round of applicants and I look forward to enjoying the results and sharing them with the community. We are excited about opening the next round of applications”

Margaret Lehmann, PLAET Advisory Board


Applications are currently CLOSED (open Sept 2021).

More Information

For further information, contact Annabelle Elton-Martin, Executive Officer on 0455 774 333.


You can support your community and Foundation Barossa by donating directly to the Peter Lehmann Arts and Education Trust.