This weekend for SALA

Continuing with our LOCAL & LIVE theme, we have more artists sharing their skills this weekend in the Main Corner Foyer. Join us for free from 10am – 2pm for textile demonstrations by the Embroiders Guild, Glenys Hughes and Chrissy Pudney:

And from textiles to technology, on Sunday the 19th from 11am – 2pm we open up our VR suite to bring you PAINTING in VIRTUAL REALITY. Using our Oculus Rift you can create worlds using Google Tilt Brush. Paint on a 360 degree canvas! Suitable for all ages to watch on the big screen, and for ages 13+ to participate in.




Carriberrie – VR experience

Sunday July 8 – Sunday July 15

Indigenous Australian song and dance in a live-action 3D VR documentary. Join #Carriberrie on an exhilarating cultural journey through time and space. Presented as part of #NAIDOC week 2018.

15 minute sessions at:
10.40am. 11.00am, 11.20am, 11.40am, 1.40pm, 2.00pm, 2.20pm, & 2.40pm. Free admission. Bookings must be made via
Sessions limited to 6 people each.

How Can Art Help Us?

Free Public Talk by Ross Gibson

4pm, Thursday 26 April, Dress Circle

Main Corner & Riddoch Art Gallery, 1 Bay Road Mount Gambier
No booking required.

“Drawing on some ancient definitions and some modern ones, I will consider how art us useful — indeed essential — nowadays. I will discuss the benefits of art to the individual and to the societies that support it, make it and engage with it. To illustrate my general observations, I will show some specific examples of my own work and of contemporary artists whom I admire.”

Bio: Formerly the inaugural Creative Director at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Ross Gibson is Centenary Professor in Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra. His work spans several media and disciplines. Recent projects include the Radio National feature program ‘Green Love’ (2016), the books Changescapes (2015), Memoryscopes (2105), and The Criminal Re-Register, all published by UWAP, and the public-art installation ‘Bluster-Town’ at Wynyard Rail Station, Sydney (2017).

Video Arts Festival – Open Call

Open Call for the Inaugural International
Limestone Coast Video Art Festival.

Accepting submissions now!

We invite Australian and international video artists to apply for Inaugural International Limestone Coast Video Art Festival, to be held Sept 29, – October 21 2018, in the Riddoch Art Gallery/Main Corner, Mount Gambier, South Australia.

We encourage innovative works created by video artists. Our 2018 program will include an exhibition, conference, screenings, workshops, VJ performances.
Deadline for submission is March 30, 2018.

For further details download the full Open Call pdf (VAFestival-OpenCall)

Guidelines for applying to the Inaugural International Limestone Coast Video Art Festival

Coming up next at the Riddoch…


Image: Andy Petrusevics, Dora Marr, video still, 2017

Internal Forces
Curated by Dr Linda Marie Walker
Main Gallery and Margaret Scott Gallery

24th March – 29th April

Featuring: Jorge Carla Bajo, Louise Blyton, Melinda Harper, Anton Hart, Aldo Iacobelli, Toshiuki Iwasaki, Louise Haselton & Christian Lock and Andy Petrusevics

Internal Forces … refers to the complex body/mind web of pressures, tension, and atmospheres that infinitely and abstractly unfold (into) individual worlds/lives that emerge as platforms and scaffolds from which we express our temporary presence as human beings.




Apply Now for the Cultural Fund!

Ben Brumby, Untitled, 2016

The City of Mount Gambier Cultural Fund is open for applications. A total of $25,000 is available to local artists, community groups and not-for-profit organisations to support the delivery of inspiring, creative and contemporary projects that contribute to a connected, vibrant and culturally diverse community.

The Creative Spaces grant aims to activate public spaces and key Council priority areas to encourage creative and social interaction, partner with local businesses to create a vibrant street culture and develop stimulating spaces that attract visitors and create a sense of community attachment.

For more information and to download application forms, please visit:

Exhibition opening – meet the artists

Join artists Imants Tillers, Mark deNys, Ivo Tadic and Kamunde Sadiki as we officially open the two exhibitions currently on display at the Riddoch Art Gallery,
Friday 23 February, 6pm
1 Bay Road Mount Gambier.
One of Australia’s most internationally successful contemporary artists, Tillers has exhibited widely since the late 1960s, and has represented Australia at important international exhibitions.
To read more about our local artists for Carve, Cut, Polish, download their exhibition catalogue here (pdf 1mg).

Art Journal using Tags

Join local artist Fiona Paltridge at the Main Corner Complex on Saturday February 17th. Each class you will complete two journal pages and learn lots of new techniques.
Everything is supplied, just bring along an art journal.

10am – 12noon or
1pm – 3pm

Explore the use of tags in art journals. Tags can be fun to add dimension and interest to your work as well as be the perfect thing to write your journal jottings on. Whether you are an experienced art journaler or a beginner you will enjoy this fun creative class.

Cost $45 includes materials.
Phone 87212563 to book.
Ages 16 and over.


Pull on a headset and get an exclusive view of Lynette Wallworth’s EMMY award winning Virtual Reality work, Collisions. Witness a collision of culture, technology and storytelling which takes us on a virtual reality journey to the homeland of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in remote Western Australian Pilbara desert and his first, devastating introduction to the Western world.

The 1950s saw Australia performing its first atomic tests and Nyarri, with no warning, or context, experience his first taste of Western civilisation. Offering us a view to what he saw, and in reflecting on this extraordinary event, Nyarri shares his perspective on the Martu way to care for the planet.
Set in one of the most beautiful and remote places in Australia, and told through the lens of the world’s oldest living culture, Collisions is story telling at its finest, and an opportunity not to be missed.

Showing at The Riddoch from 18 Jan – Feb 9
Free. Limited Seats, bookings essential, please contact the Main Corner for booking information on (08) 8721 2563 or book online at:

Final Day to see Jane Austen – Be Persuaded

Tomorrow is your last opportunity to view the Costumes on display in the King’s Floor, representing the period worn by Jane Austen, in an exhibition developed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death by Dressing Australia Museum of Costume.

‘Be Persuaded’ follows Jane’s life – and the unforgettable characters she created – from growing up in the 18th century into the era at the beginning of the 19th century. ‘Be Persuaded’ features rare fashion, accessories and ephemera from the 18th century when Jane was born, through to the 1840s when Jane’s beloved sister Cassandra died. Pieces such as these are rarely on display outside of major museums – an 18th century silk gown, diaphanous Empire line frocks, spencers, capes and shawls, boots, pumps and stockings, bonnets and parasols.
Jane Austen is famous yet imperfectly known. ‘Be Persuaded’ brings her a little closer.
Viewable on the King’s Floor of the Main Corner. Entry is free.