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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

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Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056
E: museum@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

T: +61 8 9654 8018
E: groups@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

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E: communications@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

Visit New Norcia

People visit New Norcia for many reasons; for spiritual retreat, to join a tour and see inside the magnificent buildings or sometimes just to walk around the town and enjoy the peace and beautiful scenery.

In this section you will find all the information you need for your visit to New Norcia. Details of places to eat and places to stay, details of the town tours and information about some of our favourite things to do in Australia’s only monastic town.

We recommend your first port of call is the Museum & Art Gallery to speak to one of the staff about the attractions and experiences New Norcia has to offer. The Museum & Art Gallery is also a Visitor Information Centre and is the point from which town tours leave.

Stay at New Norcia

There are so many different options for accommodation at New Norcia.

The Guesthouse is perfect for a quiet, retreat like experience - a world away from the rigours of modern life. You can join a Benedictine retreat here or be housed in the Hermitage for a silent retreat. Groups can be accommodated in the Old Convent or the historic boarding school colleges. Smaller groups are also able to book the Hostel, with its comfortable rooms, neo-classical architecture, scenic deck and heritage veranda, as well as St Ildephonsus' Cottage.

Please click on the areas on the right for more information.

Eat & Drink

Hospitality is a tenet of the Rule of St Benedict, the Rule by which the monks of New Norcia live, so wherever you choose to eat in town, our aim is for you to experience warm monastic hospitality.

Education & Research

From the earliest days of its foundation New Norcia has been focussed on education. The first Abbot, of New Norcia (Rosendo Salvado) established the Aboriginal girls and boys schools and the second Abbot of New Norcia, Fulgentius Torres built and opened the European girls and boys schools, which closed in 1991.

Since the closing of the schools, New Norcia's school buildings and grounds have been utilised by groups undertaking education programmes.

However, New Norcia also has a tradition of research and academia, with its impressive archival records and library collection, and scholars and researchers alike have delighted over the years in the information available in the town's records.

This section also provides information on the archives and library and provides link to forms which will give you access to the records of New Norcia.

Protecting a Unique Heritage

New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town and has a unique heritage. Founded in 1847 by Spanish Benedictine Monks, the town has had many purposes; a mission, a monastery, a provider of education and now as a place of spiritual retreat.

Delve into the town's unique history, discover the ongoing and completed work necessary for the upkeep and restoration of this special part of Australia.

But it is not only the majestic buildings set amongst the Australian bush that sets New Norcia apart; its history is also encapsulated in the archival records of New Norcia and in the library and museum collections.

In this section we also have information about how you can donate to New Norcia to help the Community restore and maintain this treasure.

What's Happening at New Norcia

We hold a diverse array of events throughout the year at New Norcia.

Each year we host a full programme of events including a spiritual retreat programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies, dinners at the New Norcia Hostel and a few other surprises!

Watch this space for all the updated information about "What's on at New Norcia".

Thursday, 9th June 2022

2022 Mandorla Winners Announced

2022 Mandorla Winners Announced
Chalice by Claire Beausein

Over 200 people attended the Mandorla Art Award's opening night on May 20th at the Holmes á Court Gallery.

Claire Beausein (WA) was the thrilled winner of the major $25,000 St John of God Health Care Prize with Chalice, a stunning work created from wild silkworm cocoons stitched together with silk thread. A poignant addition to the work is the use of museum pins, traditionally employed to secure moths for display. Claire's ancestors were lace makers, and this influence is inherent in her work. She studied at the Sydney College of the Arts, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts (textiles) in 1984.

Judges Chris Malcolm, Erin Coates and Ros Fairless said, "The prophetic imagination invites us to lay aside old ways of being and sources of authority, and to imagine new futures. Claire’s work embodies this call, as she moves beyond symbolism and works patiently with raw materials, each chrysalis a vessel that holds transformation. The shimmering, luminous quality of the work had an immediate impact on all three judges, and the decision was swift and unanimous. The work evokes images of shedding one’s skin in order to grow, of ceremonial scrolls, cloaks, and other religious ephemera, but the artist’s lightness of hand lends the work a magical quality, as if silkworms themselves had made it. Exquisitely made, Chalice floats off the background, shimmering with golden, dappled light and shadow, inviting us to imagine..."

Other winners were:

- $5,000 Highly Commended sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Perth: Terre Verte by Susan Roux.
- $5,000 Highly Commended sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Perth: The Rider by Angela Stewart.
- $5,000 Patricia Toohey Painting Prize: fromlittlethings by Michael Iwanoff.

Voting is open online (one vote per person) at mandorlaart.com for the People's Choice Award, announced at New Norcia Museum and Gallery on Saturday 18 June.

Lyn DiCiero
Curator



Terre Verte by Susan Roux
The Rider by Angela Stewart
fromlittlethings by Michael Iwanoff