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.

Seeing is Believing – an interactive VR performance

One in five Australians, including children and adolescents, lives with chronic pain, but this number rises to one in three for those over the age of 65.  Pain is invisible, yet it is a very real experience for the people living with it. Often drawing on metaphors to try and describe pain, it is difficult to capture what is a complex, individual, subjective and sensory cognitive experience.

In a unique collaboration between artist Eugenie Lee and a number of scientists, Eugenie has create a thoughtful and empathetic response to a common, yet invisible enemy, chronic pain, through the use of Virtual Reality. Part installation, part performance, Eugenie takes participants through an immersive experience that underline the various ways in which chronic pain affects us

Seeing is Believing is an experimental art and science collaborative project, simulating a type of chronic pain called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Through a one-on-one interaction between the artist and a participant, the Virtual Reality installation becomes a metaphorical experience of persistent pain through performance, and the latest technologies

Eugenie Lee, Seeing is Believing, 2017, Virtual Reality installation, VR imaging by Andrew Burrell, Courtesy the artists

It is an exercise demonstrating, contrary to common belief, the brain can still produce perceptions of pain even in the absence of physical injury. It is a way of externalising an inherently internal experience, so that the language of pain extends beyond incomplete metaphors allowing the audience insight into what it is like to have CRPS. Please note that this artwork is designed not to give pain to you, the participant, however it may involve various types of discomfort, depending on your response.

Seeing is Believing is part of the exhibition The Patient – the medical subject in contemporary art, currently showing in the Riddoch Art Gallery. From Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 December, artist Eugenie Lee will be at the Main Corner demonstrating her Virtual Reality installation Seeing is Believing

Bookings are free but essential.  For more information, and to secure your spot please visit Eventbrite and Facebook

New items in the Riddoch Gift Shop

The Riddoch Art Gallery Gift shop is full of new artwork recently delivered by our locals artists. From jewellery, paintings, cheeseboards, and sculptures, over 100 new items have hit the shelves in December. Just in time for your Christmas shopping!

The Riddoch Gift Shop is open:
Mon – Fri 10 am – 5 pm
Weekends 10 am – 3 pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

The Patient: curated by Bec Dean

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

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 Patient: Main Gallery and Margaret Scott Gallery.
17 November 2017 – 28 January 2018
Free Entry

Click here for more details.