International Limestone Coast

29 Sept – 21 October, 2018

The Riddoch’s Inaugural International Limestone Coast Video Art Festival will showcase innovative works created by local, Australian and international video artists.

Based on the theme “The Lived Body”, the festival focuses on art projects that reveal the human relationship to both technology and nature, demonstrating the complexity of contemporary life and how technology is used to respond to challenges in the 21st century.

The program includes an exhibition, symposium, screenings, workshops & VJ performance that will stimulate, reveal, and surprise!

Friday, 28 September, 6pm

Official opening of the Limestone Coast Video Art Festival, including announcement of the winning Open Call entrant, and special performance by VJ Sustenance.


Saturday, 29 September, 1-3pm
Dress Circle

Video-Body in the New Millenium
Exploring cross issues of art, culture and new technology, this symposium is aimed at defining the concepts and processes characteristic for the use of video technology in general and Video Art in particular.
Featuring presentations by the Video Art Festival artists.

Still image from Caroline Hammat’s ‘IDENTITY’

Featured Artists: Alex Martinis Roe, Alicia Frankovich, Angelica Mesiti, Bryan Phillips, Catherine or Kate, Clinton Nain, Damiano Bertoli, Erik Bünger, Fayen d’Evie, Léuli Eshraghi, Michael Cook, Rose Nolan and Susan Hiller

Main Gallery and Margaret Scott Gallery

How is the voice visualised, employed and reimagined in contemporary art? Seeing Voices encompasses drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video drawn from the Monash University Collection along with artworks loaned from national and international collections.

A NETS Victoria and Monash University Museum of Art touring exhibition.

Image: Angelica Mesiti, Silent polyphony 2015, single-channel colour HD video, 16:9, silent, 33.33 minutes, Monash University Collection

Pine Tree Quilters

Cathleen Edkins Gallery

An exhibition by the local Mount Gambier quilting group. Operating for over 30 years, The Pine Tree Quilters will show new work, alongside images of some of the 232 quilts donated to foster children across the Limestone Coast in the past four years.


Gina Raisin, The Ocean is Deep, 2018, acrylic and oil on canvas, courtesy the artist

by Gina Raisin
Cathleen Edkins Gallery

12th May – 15th July

A gentle cadence, the poetry in the aerial display of birds soaring, Murmuration is a cosmic exploration based in childhood daydreams and the free-flowing spirit of jazz.
In these new paintings each brush stroke acts as a single unit made of many things – the vision of the object, the colour of interpretation, the structure, and the dream, the essence of experience and reflection.

by Catherine Truman
Main Gallery & Margaret Scott Gallery

12th May – 15th July
Catherine Truman, Thoracic: Skeleton, 2009, digital image on paper embedded in ‘Paraplast’ tissue embedding wax, surface carved, 255 x 210x 10cm, courtesy the artist

This exhibition will be the first time that Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists is presented as a whole. Truman will present an intriguing and diverse solo show of objects, installation, images and film including several brand new works spanning the 20 years of her research at the nexus of art and science.

Catherine Truman No Surface Holds – JamFactory Icon 2017 is a JamFactory touring exhibition.

Catherine Truman No Surface Holds– JamFactory Icon 2017 has been assisted by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Contemporary Touring Initiative.

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, Toshiyuki 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.

Shed Wizard
by James Dodd
Cathleen Edkins Gallery

24th March – 29th April

Shed Wizard includes vivid paintings, unusual bicycles, strange machines and candid videos. It brings this range of objects together to examine Dodd’s trajectory over the past decade or so and examines ongoing themes including social and political resistance; adventure and risk; and the hand-made contraption as a magical art device.

This exhibition presents a range of recent outcomes from James Dodd’s exploratory practice. Dodd is an artist who celebrates cultures of DIY and life-hacking, a result of his upbringing in the ‘make-do’ context of an agricultural childhood.

Dodd applies radical curiosity and invention to investigations of public space, and plays with the idea of fantastic tools and the backyard as in important place to make art.

(toured by Country Arts SA)

Join James Dodd for a live art performance on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March in the Cave Gardens as part of the Fringe in Mount Gambier program of events.

For a review of James Dodd’s work, see the article below by Serena Wong.



Silent Cave|Bell
by Olya Dubatova and Greg Niemeyer
Cave Garden

24th – 25th March, 1pm – 10pm

A meditation on communication technologies, cave|bell is an art installation for Mount Gambier’s caves and galleries. It features a bell music composition based on Russian and Indonesian bell rituals called Zvon and Gamelan. The bell music will play in the Mount Gambier Garden Cave from 1 pm to 10 pm, every hour on the hour, for a few minutes. The composition is algorithmic, meaning that the melody and layering of one section will return, with modifications, in the second section, an hour later. Listeners are invited to detect these differences.

The bell sounds themselves don’t come from real bells, but rather from bells created by a computer that “learns” to make bell sounds based on real bell recordings with machine learning. One bell in particular, the Russian Tsar Bell, takes center stage. Cast in 1732, the 200-ton bell broke before it ever rang. But the artists, together with a team of scientists, develop a sonic model for how the bell would have sounded.

Main Corner Foyer & Southlink

24th March – 22nd April

The composition is accompanied by a historic painting of how the Tsar Bell was cast under dramatic circumstances at the Motorin Foundry in Moscow, and by a description of what gives a bell it’s distinctive sound. To make the whole project accessible, Dubatova and Niemeyer are also installing a set of eight interactive bells for visitors to play with. Again, these bells make synthesized sounds, based on the positions of 8 bell clappers, which hang in a ring. Visitors can set these 8 bell clappers into motion, thereby creating a Zvon concert of their own.

Although the bell forms the starting point of artists Olya Dubatova and Greg Niemeyer’s meditation, the questions explored go beyond the bell. What brings people together? How does emotional resonance cause messages to be passed on from one person to another? What do technologies do to enhance, alter and distract the fundamental human skill of forming communities through communication?

The artists present the Tsar Bell as both a symbol of high hopes for human unity and of shattering change. The installation creates a space to engage in the complexity of communication, from the joys of deep connections to the tragedy of silence.



Kickass Women
by April Hague
Main Corner Foyer

16th March – 2ND April

April Hague is an emerging artist, based in Mt Gambier whose practices are focused on figurative work and portraiture.

The body of work created for this exhibition, explores feminist themes, such as the empowerment of women in today’s society, their roles and the significance of these roles.

The artist has painted a series of detailed ink and wash portraits that creatively depict women from varied walks of life: mothers, sisters, daughters, and partners. They are artists, teachers, health professionals, musicians and many of these things simultaneously.

These are women who have inspired her, either through personal connection or through other forms such as their songwriting, and the works also celebrate the transformative power of female friendship.

The official opening party for this exhibition will take place Friday 23 March inconjunction with the Fringe Liftoff Street Party.

On view  10 February until  11 March

Opening Night Friday 23rd February at 6pm

Imants Tillers

Main Gallery & Margaret Scott Gallery

This exhibition is the next instalment of a new body of work by Tillers which attempts to find common ground between contemporary Western Desert painting and the meta-physical paintings of the 20th century Italian master, Giorgio de Chirico.

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.

In Praise of Doubt, 2017 synthetic polymer paint

Kamunde Sadiki, Ivo Tadic & Mark deNys

Cathleen Edkins Gallery

An exhibition focusing on the talent and skill of three local sculptors, who have vastly different practices.
Carve, Cut, Polish will examine material and form up-close.

For artists statements download the catalogue here:
CCP18-brochure (pdf 1mg)


Opening Friday 17th November at 6pm, then daily until January 28th

(Some public holidays excluded)

The Patient:
The Medical Subject in Contemporary Art

Main Gallery & Margaret Scott Gallery – Curated by Bec Dean

Ingrid Bachmann; Guy Ben-Ary with Nathan Thompson, Andrew Fitch, Douglas Bakkum, Stuart Hodgetts, Mike Edel; John A Douglas; Bob Flanagan & Sheree Rose; Brenton Heath-Kerr; Carol Jerrems; Eugenie Lee; David McDiarmid; ORLAN; Helen Pynor; Jo Spence; Tim Wainwright & John Wynne

Circles of Fire
11. John A Douglas
Circles of Fire (variations), 2017
Synchronised dual channel 4k to HD video with sound, video still
Copyright the artist, courtesy Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney

The Patient examines the embodied experience of the artist as medical patient and the medical patient as living subject in contemporary art.

The word patient has a dual meaning. It describes a state of being – of bearing a situation quietly, without complaint. It also describes a person in a hospital or clinical context, who is ill and undergoing diagnosis or treatment. The word originates from the Latin patiens, which means “suffering, enduring”. And for the medical patient, it is a common enough experience to wait, with pain.

The exhibition surveys the ways in which artists engage with powerful human experiences in the fields of health, biological science and medicine, contributing to discourse on the representation of illness, disease, care, individual agency and what it is to be human.

Curated by Bec Dean, the collection of works, new experiments and ongoing projects in The Patient are all variously difficult, fearless, funny and sometimes unlovely. They range across media and connect to us as viewers and occasionally as participants.

The artists in this exhibition are drawn from Australia and the world, past and present. Their work deepens our own enquiries into the actual stuff of illness and disease, death and life – how they manifest viscerally and psychologically, as well as socially and politically.

Read the Curatorial Essay by the Curator here.

Future – Future? by Keith Armstrong

Cathleen Edkins Gallery

Caleb Motshabi Sunrise by Keith Armstrong 2017
Caleb Motshabi Sunrise by Keith Armstrong 2017

This project builds strongly on Keith Armstrong’s long history of work at the intersection of media arts practice and socially and ecologically engaged practices.  Keith is working closely with The Program For Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD) led by Dr. Ricardo Peach and Angela De Jesus in South Africa, and the organisation Qala Phelang Tala (Start Living Green!) led by Dr. Anita Venter. This collaboration is visionary in this regard in that it that seeks to connect marginalised communities with a range of resources and practices that have long remained within restricted circles. Keith’s ability and will to work as easily in a township community setting as say a high end motion capture studio makes him an idea conduit for this fascinating and wide reaching experiment in new forms of community engaged practices. Future-Future? considers how ‘change agents’ from other cultures such as these are working to construct a ‘future for their future’, based upon different kinds of desires.. flying under the radar of our own restricted imagination.

The Artist’s Statement is available here:

The full 22 page catalogue published by the Riddoch Institute click here: 22 page Future - Future? catalogue (pdf, 13mg)

For more information on Keith’s work visit:

Main Gallery & Margaret Scott Gallery
The Institute of Fungus
by Ian Haig

Technology and mediated realities are having an impact on our physical bodies. We are confronted by the messy and irrational reality of our bodies as the rational world technology and digital screens all around us remind us of who and what we truly are: meat bodies.

With over 14 different video works, sculptural pieces and real time video, The Institute of Fungus gives an overview of Ian Haig’s intensely visceral and body centric art practice.

With works exploring individual themes of selfie culture, violent video games, re-animated organs, interior bodies, hyper visceral simulation and the mutating conditions of the body all with the overriding theme of the confrontation of the body through technology.

The exhibition offers new ways of considering what the body is in relationship to the contemporary media landscape.

Read the Q&A between Ian Haig and Dr Melentie Pandilovski here: An interview with Ian Haig


Cathleen Edkins Gallery
Holding the Line

An exhibition from the Riddoch Collection. Colour and line dominate this show, exploring paintings from some old favourites and our second-to-none home-grown talent.

Main Corner Foyer (evenings)
Curated by Eleanor Scicchitano

Foyer Projectors

Runs: October 7 – November 5 (after hours)

Featuring works by Heath Franco (NSW), Luke Pellen (Mount Gambier) and Caroline Hammat (Millicent).  Inspired by a residency on the Limestone Coast, these works were developed through a mentorship through 2017, supported by Country Arts SA.  The three videos will show throughout October on the Main Corner Foyer Projections after dark. (needs Australia Council, Arts South Australia and Country Arts SA logos)

Opening Friday August 25th at 6pm, then open daily until September 24.

Main Gallery
Women At Work
Curated by Linda Walker

The exhibition Women At Work brings together seven artists: Kerrie Stratford (Southend), Diana Wiseman, Mary Daily, Jean McArthur, Jo Fife (Mount Gambier), Francesca da Rimini, Yoko Kajio (Adelaide). A catalogue essay has been written by Adelaide critic and philosopher Dr Teri Hoskin.

These artists work in a range of mediums: painting, textiles, prints, pottery, collage, installation and performance.

By responding in personal and skilful ways to cultural and environmental issues, including landscape, water, family, travel, freedom, hope and domestic crafts, their works reveal different and specific practices that result from tireless dedication to the production of beautiful and thoughtful artefacts.

Women At Work is part of FRAN FEST, a month long festival commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Women’s Show held in Adelaide in 1977. It was one of the largest Australia-wide exhibitions of women’s art, showing over 400 works. The festival reflects upon and celebrates the history and achievements of women’s artistic practices, then and now, across the State.

FRAN: Feminist Renewal Art Network, 26 August – 24 September,

Click here for more information including Artist Statements.

Cathleen Edkins Gallery
Black Ships
Jane Brown

Coming to us from the Centre of Contemporary Photography in Melbourne Black Ships is solo exhibition from Melbourne artist Jane Brown.

Created during her trip to Japan, the title is a translation of the Japanese word kurofune, an expression used by the Japanese for Western vessels approaching their shores. The term became a symbol of the end of Japan’s isolationist policies and the modernisation that began in the mid-19th century.

Presented as a travelogue that interrogates the mechanics of history, Black Ships aims to embody surreal aspects of culture and landscape. More broadly it is an articulation of the curiosity of the traveler, seeking out points of difference from home – the peculiar, the beautiful and the unfamiliar.

The hand-printed monochrome photographs are a revival of the traditional photographic techniques, referencing an earlier era of analogue photography, while being firmly grounded in contemporary places and subjects. Black Ships contemplates collisions between the past and the present and notions of the ephemeral versus the enduring and its expression in contemporary Japan.

Margaret Scott Gallery
The Thing Worn – A collection of Kimonos
Chiaki Owen

From the personal collection of Japanese expatriate Chiaki Owen, The Thing Worn – A Collection of Kimonos demonstrates the enduring and rich history of Japanese textiles and culture.

A simple T shaped garment, kimonos were commonly worn from the 16th century, becoming a popular term in the mid 19th century. In English, the term kimono means ‘the thing worn’, a phrase that fails to capture the elaborate embroidery and hand painted designs, whose pattern, colour and imagery are important symbols of social status, personality and taste.

Featured in this collection are a range of women’s, men’s and children’s kimonos with accompanying obi’s, combs, pins and other hair ornaments. Including traditionally styled kimonos, witness the transformation of the kimono from a flat two-dimensional object, to a sculptural form when folded around the human figure.


The South East Art Society OPEN ARTS AWARD.

Opens: Friday July 14th at 6pm at the Main Corner Complex & Riddoch Art Gallery, 1 Bay Road Mount Gambier

Exhibits: Daily from Saturday July 15 until Sunday August 13, 10am – 5pm weekdays, 10am – 3pm weekends and most Public Holidays

Entry is free.


The works of Ockert Le Roux

Opens: Friday July 14th at 6pm at the Main Corner Complex & Riddoch Art Gallery, 1 Bay Road Mount Gambier

Exhibits: Daily from Saturday July 15 until Sunday August 20, 10am – 5pm weekdays, 10am – 3pm weekends and most Public Holidays

Click here to learn more about Ockert Le Roux.

Lorry Humphreys

Exhibition runs from Saturday February 25 – Sunday March 26, as part of the Fringe Festival

Download the Catalogue of artworks for sale here: (pdf 2.15mg)

People Like Us

People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition in film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, the exhibition also reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century.

Real human experience underpins the exhibition, a concept that extends to visitor engagement with many of the works on display: George Poonkhin Khut’s BrightHearts app, for example, uses your real-time biofeed data in heart rate controlled images and sound; John McGhee’s digital animations invite visitors to take the wheel on a wild ride through human blood vessels; while Volker Kuchelmeister and Laura Fisher’s Veloscape tracks participants’ emotional responses as they take a virtual bicycle tour of Sydney inside the gallery space.

International works include Italian Yuri Ancarani’s Da Vinci, his acclaimed, uncanny portrayal of a robotic surgical procedure that confounded visitors to the Venice Biennale. Other Australian premieres in People Like Us include British composer Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial, commissioned by the 2014 Liverpool Biennale; and award-winning Luxembourg artist Su-Mei Tse’s aurally immersive purring cat portraits.

Well-known Australian artists represented in People Like Us include Daniel Crooks, Angelica Mesiti and Joan Ross, who all deploy innovative filmic methodologies to achieve unexpected and immersive visual experiences. In two firsts, Aboriginal-Chinese artist Jason Wing has created a sound work, which tells a moving story about the Stolen Generation, and Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro present their new, first ever video work.

Curated by UNSW Galleries Director Felicity Fenner, People Like Us is commissioned by National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Australia and will tour to 14 venues across Australia in 2016–2019.

A National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. The National Touring Initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Master Strokes: from the Riddoch Collection

Co-curated by Drs. Linda Marie Walker and Melentie Pandilovski
Exhibiting Saturday November 5th until Sunday December 4th

The exhibition titled ‘Master Strokes from the Riddoch Collection’, presenting more than 70 works of art, provides a viewpoint into the vast collection assembled for more than a century. Many of the works presented in this exhibition have not been displayed publically. We believe that the exhibition of the Riddoch Art Collection elevates the cultural profile of the City of Mount Gambier and the region as a whole. – Dr Melentie Pandilovski

“A collection is no small matter. It is many matters simultaneously – including time, materials, contents, labours, shapes, dimensions, values, and so on.
It’s like a planet, a whirl of micro-weathers, geographies, atmosphere, and creatures.
A planet and a collection flow in various directions and at various speeds, and in their aggregations and dissolutions they form patterns and momentary conjunctions that are very fascinating (and imaginary).”
– Dr. Linda Marie Walker

DOWNLOAD the catalogue featuring essays by Dr Melentie Pandilovski and Dr Linda Marie Walker here (pdf 4.84meg)



Mount Gambier printmaking group, Thumbprint Workshop Incorporated is celebrating their 21st year as an organisation. The group of artists, who explore many aspects of printmaking including etching, linocuts and monoprints, are based in the Studio space at the Riddoch Art Gallery. They have participated in many exhibitions over the years throughout the south east of the state and in Adelaide.

This year Thumbprint’s exhibition is also part of The Print Council of AustraliaCelebrating 50 Years in 2016. Exhibitions, symposia, workshops, awards, exchanges and residencies by printmakers throughout Australia are being held in every state to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of this organisation.

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE –Exploring the Limestone Coast Region of SouthAustralia in Print, is the theme for Thumbprint’s exhibition which will be opened on Friday 13 May 2016 at 6pm at the Riddoch Art Gallery.

Participating artists are, Diana Wiseman, Anne Miles, Julie Bignell, Libby Altschwager, Stephanie Yoannidis, Bernadette Clifford, Jean McArthur, Julie Ann McEwen, Sue Shaw, Robert Miles. The exhibition concludes 26 June 2016.



Barry Goddard is being exhibited in the Main Gallery featuring small works on elliptical shaped canvases that explore colour movement and ideas around shafts, caverns and orbs. Notions around stepping from one reality to another that pick up on seventies colour and sci-fi paintings.

Opened Friday 13, May until Sunday 26, June 2016


Opened Friday, 20th May and closing Sunday 19th June 2016.

Cathleen Edkins Gallery.

The South East Art Society Incorporated are once again honoured to have the Riddoch Art Gallery host their 2016 Open Art Awards.  Categories include oil and acrylic painting, watercolour/pen and wash, photography, works on paper, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and other. Prize money will be awarded in each category with the Grand Prize being $1, 000 kindly donated by the Mount Gambier and District Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank.

Julie Kent

MAX & OLIVE – the photographic life of Max Dupain and Olive

Max and Olive
Max and Olive: Sunbaker


From the National Gallery of Australia –Max and Olive is the story of two of Australia’s most significant photographers, during a key period in Australian history – the period leading up to, during and immediately after the Second World War.

Dupain and Cotton shared a long and close personal and professional relationship and produced some of the most defining images in Australian photography.

 On view March 19 until Sunday May 8

 Cathleen Edkins Exhibition

 Open Friday, 15th April 2016  Until Sunday 15 May 

The AMAZING Adventures of Dr Mayhem & The Chonga Barz

This exhibition by two Mount Gambier artists, Matt Sheehy (Doctor Mayhem) and Anthony Hamilton (The Chonga Barz) has been curated by Gina Raisin who hopes to bring their work to the attention of a wider audience of community members and art lovers. Matt creates finely detailed universes by introducing new worlds and characters. Anthony uses multimedia and aerosol to invent crazy visions of life as he see it, quite often with a comical twist.

On view until Sunday 27 March 2016

Michael Bryant:  The Space In Between

BRYANT Michael; Blue Angel; mixed media; 51 x 61 cm

Michael Bryant’s strong personal style and technique have been honed over many years of concentrated  painting.  The works and their content would be best described as contemporary figurative.  Bryant’s paintings identify with the random world around us, drawing from nature and popular culture.  His main source of inspiration comes from found images  which are recycled through the process of random association, adaption  and reconstruction.  Bryant aims to create paintings that remain ambiguous not necessarily resolvable offering the opportunity for reflection and interpretation by the viewer.

Opened March 4 at 6 pm. On view until Sunday 10 April

EMINENCAL– Portraits by Ron Penrose

A selection of works stemming from the artist’s deep interest in portraiture and its validity in sourcing the truth of subjects. With influences of William Dobell, Van Gough and Ben Quilty, Penrose strives to challenge the viewer’s perception of painting. The power of minimal paintwork creates a sense of mystery yet still personable. Portraits of local identities include Mayor Andrew Lee, Dr Barney McCusker and Ray and Jill Scott.On view until Sunday 28 February 2016


GEORGE MORANT: Paintings & Prints from the Artists Collection

George Morant’s style is a satirical approach, using expressionism and social realism as a protest against evil and cruelty. Subjects include white settlement, the aboriginal trackers, war, religion and isolation of his time in the mines. “I found painting as a way of talking to myself, having a little scream.”

Morant’s paintings are in collections world wide and he is represented by the Australian National Gallery.

On view until Sunday 13 March 2016

The Blue Lake, Crater Lakes Exhibition

Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake is situated in the crater of an extinct volcano which last erupted some 28,000 years ago.  The crystal clear water changes colour every November from steel grey to a brilliant turquoise blue. There are many blue lakes in the world but Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake is the only one to change colour so dramatically every year.  The Blue Lake and the surrounding Crater Lakes area is a significant site within the Kanawinka Geopark and is a State Heritage Area.  To celebrate the change from grey to blue and the coming of summer Riddoch Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition themed around our volcanic lakes and the craters within the Kanawinka Geopark.

The Blue Lake has been photographed countless times and artists have depicted its unique beauty in a variety of media including lithographs, etchings, oils, watercolour, acrylics and ceramics.

On view until Sunday 24 January

SIDNEY KIDMAN  The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman

This exhibition documents the life and times of Sir Sidney Kidman. As a barely literate youth of thirteen, Sidney Kidman ran away from home and worked as an odd-job boy in a grog shanty in outback Australia. He went on to become the greatest pastoral landholders in modern history, acquiring a legendary reputation both home and abroad as the Cattle King.
Kidman was much more than a grazier. In addition to his many successful business ventures and his contribution to the war effort, he was driven by a grand plan for the remote arid areas of Australia. This kept him locked in a battle with the land – and against drought. Wealth, power, fame and honours did not change Sidney Kidman.
He remained the homespun, gregarious bushman for whom men worked with an almost savage loyalty.
With a collection of rare photographs, newspaper cuttings and 16mm films, this exhibition explores the extraordinary life of one of Australia’s outback legends.

On view until Sunday 13 December

Giles Bettison: Pattern and Perception

Giles Bettison is a renowned, international master of contemporary murrine glass. He observes landscapes from great distances, often sketching from an aeroplane the patterns and shapes of places to fuel his design process. Colour and typographies from native Australia and the United States are then transformed into compositions of smooth vases with the skilled manipulation of glass tiles.
In 2013 JamFactory launched the first in a series of solo exhibitions celebrating the achievements of South Australia’s most outstanding and influential craft and design practitioners.
Each exhibition presents leading practitioners with significant national and international profiles and considerable influence in their chosen field.
This exhibition is supported by The Louise and Appellation and presented as part of the 2015 SALA Festival.

On view until Sunday 15 November


Helen Kocis Edwards; Traveller; Linocut with Melway map chine collé

Flyway Print Exchange 

The Flyway Print Exchange is an international environmental art project featuring 20 artists from 9 different countries, linked by the East-Asian Australasian Flyway.  The Flyway describes the route flown twice-annually by Australia’s migratory shorebirds, to and from their breeding grounds
above the Arctic Circle.
Experience the wonder of these magnificent birds through the eyes of artists from New Zealand,
Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, China, South Korea, Japan and the USA.
Also featuring original prints by local artists inspired by the Flyway migratory shorebirds of South Australia.

More Information

On view until Sunday 25 October

GIGI ‘The Place to be Seen’

Locals remember with fondness early Mount Gambier eateries/restaurants and cafes . The GIGI Coffee Lounge has been recreated with memorabilia, artworks and film.

Jerry and Josephine Simsa opened the GiGi Coffee Lounge in 1959.  At the time this was an innovative and daring move as the ‘coffee culture’ beginning in Australian capital cities had not reached the regional areas and Mount Gambier residents had not yet discovered European cuisine. Jerry had escaped the Russian occupation of his Czechoslovakian homeland, migrating to Australia in 1952.  He was a violinist who spoke 7 languages  and will be remembered by many as an urbane European who brought coffee and an exotic menu to Mt Gambier.

During the sixties, local artist Cathleen Edkins approached Jerry to represent her in the GiGi Gallery of Art and it became a highly successful partnership.
Due to the popularity of the GiGi, this exhibition has been extended with works by the late Cathleen Edkins.

On view until Sunday 13 September

In Like Fin: Hamish

Hamish is excited about the opportunity to hold his first exhibition in the Riddoch Gallery as part of SALA 2015 (South Australian Living Artists).
‘In Like Fin’ is an exhibition inspired by his long association with Fin, a Beachport local and surf- board maker. Fin’s stories, work and environment are the theme for the collection of paintings presented and range from abstract landscapes and work scenes to portraits.

For Hamish the process has been one of discovery and he hopes that it will be that also, for those who attend the exhibition.

On view until Sunday 13 September 2015


BELFRAGE, Clare; Fluence #020711; 2011; Blown glass; 350 x 390 x 80; Fluence #010711; 2011; Blown glass; 380 x 500 x 80
MOUNT, Nick; Still Life with Bosc and Strange Fruit; 2012 ; blown glass, granula murrini, carved, polished , assembled, olive wood; American oak; 470 x 890 x 180
MONO; Left to right; Shiny Box ; 2012; blown and coldwork glass, American walnut ; 150 x 120 x 130; Drop bottle; 2012; blown and coldwork glass, rock maple; 145 x 60 dia. Line Paperweight ; 2012 blown and coldwork glass, American walnut and American cherry (largest), 45 x 40 x 40; These works are part of the MONO range. MONO is a partnership between John Quan and Kumiko Nakajima.

Designing Craft/ Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory

In 2013 JamFactory celebrates 40 years of nurturing and promoting contemporary craft and design in Australia with the landmark exhibition Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory. Established by the South Australian Government under Premier Don Dunstan in 1973, JamFactory today remains a unique and iconic South Australian institution.Curated by Margaret Hancock Davis, Margot Osborne and Brian Parkes, this exhibition presents new work by 40 selected artists, craftspeople and designers who have had a significant involvement with the JamFactory during its 40-year history and who are presently producing   work of outstanding quality.

The exhibitors include alumni as well as past and present staff and studio tenants – from dynamic emerging talent through to some of the most established and recognised practitioners in Australia. The exhibition, sponsored by JamFactory’s 40th anniversary partner ANZ, showcases the vibrancy of craft and design practice and demonstrates the diverse pathways to a sustainable and successful career in the field.

Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory is a JamFactory and Country Arts SA touring exhibition, principally sponsored by ANZ.

Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory is supported by Arts SA’s New Exhibitions Fund and by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.

On view until Sunday 13 September 2015



Katrina LODGE; Bob #1; 2010; Acrylic on Linen; 183 cm x 122 cm

Katrina Lodge- New Paintings

This is an exhibition of paintings that investigates the behaviour of colour and the spatial dimensions of colour relationships.  The artist is interested in the different visual dynamics of colour which are magically so astute to the human condition.

Colour behaviour can be understood with pure visual and emotional responses.  Katrina Lodge’s works explores the realms of colour’s nature and attempts to harness the plethora of characteristics to create various visual sensations: harmony, peace, aggression, grace, repulsion and infatuation.  Artist Information

On view until Sunday 28 June 2015




Napoleon at Waterloo; Steel engraving; from the collection of Garry von Stanke

Waterloo to Vietnam, 1815 – 1972

From the collection of Garry von Stanke the Riddoch Art Gallery presents an exhibition full of information and relics of wars that occurred from the early 19th century to Vietnam. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe, there were only nine years without war. In the 1990s, the world had over twenty five substantial conflicts. This collection shows the pain of loss and the futility of wars to both sides and is a memorial to those lost, participants and their surviving families.
The items shown in this exhibition, are definitely not to glorify, they have all had many custodians since their owners have passed on, and probably many more in the years to come. They are a testament to the folly of war and a reminder of its futility. (Garry von Stanke)

On view until Sunday 10 May 2015.  


Behind the Wire

A highly acclaimed photographic exhibition about Vietnam Veterans; their stories; their jobs and their experience, in their words.  The artist has captured the essence of veteran’s very personal memories and reaches our hearts with the blending of their take-home life lessons.  The exhibition features soldiers of all ranks and a variety of jobs- cooks, dental assistants, forward scouts, training team members, nurses and more. The exhibition began its national tour at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach.  Photographs and interviews by Susan Gordon-Brown.

Support from the Sky

This exhibition features photographs of the pilots and crews who operated the famous ‘Huey’ helicopters which were so well known in Korea and Vietnam.  Made very popular through the MASH television series- but these are real Australian stories- and true.

Air transport played a pivotal role in the Vietnam War. Pilots and crew from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Army worked alongside New Zealand and American military to support the ground troops.

On view Friday 17 April until Sunday 10 May.  


True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works

David ROSETZKY; Commune 2003; Type C photographs mounted on composition board; flexiflight; 120 x 290 x 450 cm; Collection of Dr. Dick Quan, Sydney

A Centre for Contemporary Photography and NETS Victoria touring exhibition curated by Naomi Cass and Kyla McFarlane

One of Australia’s finest artists, David Rosetzky creates intensely beautiful lens-based works exploring identity, subjectivity and relationships. Increasingly, he collaborates with professionals from the fields of theatre, dance, film and sound. Drawing on fifteen years of practice True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works presents early portrait and longer duration videos, photographs, photo-collages and sculptures, revealing telling relationships between these aspects of his practice. It includes a major new video work Half Brother 2013, commissioned by CCP with support from Irene Sutton. The exhibition not only allows us to see the consistency of Rosetzky’s vision, but to engage with a trajectory in his video that moves from lo-fi, singular portraits that borrow advertising’s aura, through to cinematic, long-duration work.

Curated by Naomi Cass, Director and Kyla McFarlane, Associate Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

On view until Sunday 12 April 2015


Capital & Country:  the Federation Years 1900 – 1914

BUNNY, Rupert; Qui vient? (Who Comes?) c.1908; oil on canvas; 81 x 54.2 cm

A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition

Capital and Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1914 is the National Gallery of Australia’s first major exhibition to focus on Australian painting from this formative era of the nation’s history. Drawing together the art of a newly federated Australia with the work of Australian’s residing in Europe, the 46 works in this exhibition invite viewers on a journey from the Australian bush to the bohemian enclaves of London and Paris.

Artists include Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, George W. Lambert and Hans Heysen as well as lesser known artists. The exhibition is curated by Miriam Kelly, Assistant Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia in association with the Director, Dr Ron Radford AM. For more information go to Capital & Country: The Federation Years1900 – 1914 official site

 Entry Fees: Adults $5.00, Concession $3.00, Children Free (Under 12 years)

On view until Sunday 22 February 2015

SOLOMON, Saul; The Royal Family of England; 1979.20; 1879

The Riddoch Collection: Federation Moments

A selection from the Riddoch Collection to compliment Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1914.  Artworks will compliment Australia’s Federation and include The Riddoch family portraits, landscapes by Margaret French, and James Ashton, early photographs of Australian Parliament and Mount Gambier history.

On view until Sunday 22 February 2015



The aim of this exhibition is to showcase the work of local digital artists. The exhibition is divided into 5 areas of digital art; 2D, 3D, sound, moving image and gaming and will also feature interactive displays. This is a wonderful opportunity for local digital artists to showcase their work and for the public to use and learn more about new technologies.

The exhibition will run in conjunction with SBFA14 (Screen Based Fun Activities 2014) at Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre on 20 September. SBFA14 will be an 8 hour program of discovery labs, interactive and offbeat social media activities, gaming competitions and a film.

On view until Sunday 26 October 2014


Nora Heysen

The first women to win the Archibald, a South Australian icon and an inspiration for all our feminists.  Nora Heysen’s work was so beautifully informed by drawing, the basis for all her work.  Nora so elegantly joins the early C20th Heysen tradition with the next generation in her ideas and practice, and more recently people have grown to understand  and appreciate her unique contribution.  Honest, beautiful and richly considered, these drawings are true treasures.  On generous loan from The Cedars, Hahndorf.  More Information

On view June until Sunday 31 August 2014

Da Vinci Machines Exhibition

On view Sunday 20 April until Sunday 22 June 2014

The Riddoch Art Gallery presents the most exciting exhibition Mount Gambier has ever seen Faithfully created from the codex drawings, these working models from one of the great geniuses the world has ever seen will fascinate every member of the family- inspire and educate our young.  Interactive and Working Machines Brought to Life as Leonardo Intended.

Created by the acclaimed The Artisans of Florence in collaboration with The Niccolai Group (Firenze),  the exhibition consists of over 75 exhibits, reconstructed from the manuscripts (Codices) and drawings of 15th century Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci. Exploring and connecting his studies in nature, anatomy, mechanics, flight and robotics the Exhibition demonstrates how Leonardo’s work is more relevant in today’s scientific world than 500 years ago when he first conceived his amazing ideas.



 Annette Bezor- Iconic Works 1997-2013Artwork by Annette Bezor

Annette Bezor’s studies of female subjectivity are inspired by classical portraiture, popular culture, media and the erotic. Bezor interrogates the male gaze undermining existing power relations between subject and viewer. Much of Bezor’s work references the sexualisation of Asian women. Several works in this survey are large scale adding further immediate impact to the exhibition.  Bezor has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes and is routinely a finalist in the Archibald, Sulman, Moran and Portia Geach competitions.  There is an educational kit CD available with this exhibition.  More Information

On view until Sunday 19 January 2014

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Kerrie Stratford- Affirmations & Meditations

November-December 2013

Emerging artist Kerrie Stratford was awarded funding through Country Arts SA Australian Government Regional Arts Fund in 2012 and has resulted in this exhibition being her first solo exhibition.  With mentor and curator Dr Linda Marie Walker, Kerrie presents to you- Affirmations & Meditations.  “I remember the first moment I made a mark, the excitement and power; I was only a small child (Grade One).  Man has made his mark as far back as the caveman, putting his handprint on the cave wall: the wild animals and the hunt. These symbols are affirmations, showing what exists (before one’s eyes), and putting the information in a communicative message.”  Kerrie Stratford wrote.

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 Our Mob: 2012 on Tour

From the 2012 selection- COOPER, Taylor, Malara: Wanampi Tjukurpa, acrylic on Belgian linen 120 x 100 cm

On view Friday 12 July until Monday 8 September 2013

A statewide celebration of South Australian Indigenous artists; toured by Country Arts SA.  The Adelaide Festival Centre is extremely proud to present this project, which provides Indigenous artists from all over South Australia with the opportunity to showcase their art and culture.  Our Mob tours biannually throughout South Australian galleries and is enormously popular with many artists submitting multiple artworks in the hope to be selected for the exhibition.  The exhibition helps to create a sustainable and dynamic Indigenous arts industry across the whole of the state, dispelling myths while creating its own, allowing the public to learn and enjoy.  For more information go to

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Wood:  Art, Design, Architecture

Toured by the JamFactory

4 May until 30 June 2013

WOOD: Art design architecture explores innovative and outstanding uses of wood in contemporary Australian art, design and architecture. It is the result of a collaboration between two iconic South Australian organisations, JamFactory and the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. Before embarking on a two-year national tour, this groundbreaking exhibition will premiere in Adelaide across two venues: JamFactory and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.

The exhibition is supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Contemporary Touring Initiative and is principally sponsored by Wood. Naturally Better (Right) Work by Christina Waterson- one of many artists exhibiting

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Working Together & Negotiating Boundaries

Helen Stacey & Ellen Trevorrow

2 March – 21 April 2013

These two associated exhibitions, Working Together & Negotiating Boundaries are the result of many years of friendship between Helen Stacey and Ellen Trevorrow.  Ellen is a Ngarrindjeri artist and Elder from Camp Coorong near Meningie and Helen Stacey is an artist from Strathalbyn.  In 2007  Helen Stacey’s exhibition, Negotiating Boundaries was first shown at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, Adelaide.  This exhibition included a series of three collaborative works by Helen and Ellen, Negotiating Histories.  (Right) Helen STACEY, ‘Warrenji Constellation’ acrylic and impasto on board


Desert Country

February 2013

Kunmanara STEVENS; 2005; Synthetic polymer paint on canvas; 105 x 150 cm

The exhibition Desert Country is drawn entirely from the extensive holdings of Aboriginal art in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s pioneering collection.  It is the first exhibition to chart the evolution of the internationally acclaimed Australian desert painting movement.  Spanning a period of over sixty years the exhibition demonstrates the creativity and energy of the remarkable contemporary artist’s from Australia’s desert regions.  Included in the exhibition are one hundred paintings by ninety-five artists that illustrate memories, ceremonies, country and the relationships shared by the people who live in the vast desert areas.  Mediums range from watercolour on paper, to natural ochre on canvas, to the bold and dynamic synthetic polymer works on canvas.

Taken from Desert Country Educational Resource


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