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)
THUMBPRINT WORKSHOP INCORPORATED
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 Australia Celebrating 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 South Australia 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.
MAX & OLIVE – the photographic life of Max Dupain and Olive
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
On view until Sunday 25 October
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
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
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- 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 www.katrinalodge.com
On view until Sunday 28 June 2015
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
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
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 http://nga.gov.au/exhibition/CAPITAL/Default.cfm
Entry Fees: Adults $5.00, Concession $3.00, Children Free (Under 12 years)
On view until Sunday 22 February 2015
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
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’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
Kerrie Stratford- Affirmations & Meditations
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.
Our Mob: 2012 on Tour
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 www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au
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
Working Together & Negotiating Boundaries
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
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