Riddoch Art Gallery

Riddoch Art Gallery is South Australia's largest and oldest regional gallery. Composing of three galleries hosting a variety of exhibitions to appeal to a broad range of the community and the travelling public. Students and researchers also regularly use the permanent collection of some two thousand artworks for individual study.

The Main Gallery and Margaret Scott Galleries feature significant exhibitions curated from the collection, or major touring exhibitions from national cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The Cathleen Edkins Community Gallery hosts exhibitions featuring the work of regional and emerging artists, as well as displays from community groups and local schools.

There is also a Gallery Gift Shop where you can purchase handmade arts and crafts as well as novelty gift items.

Current Exhibitions:

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, www.franfest.com.au



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.




Coming Exhibitions:

The Institute of the Fungus by Ian Haig - opening October 6th.


Events Calendar


Monday  to Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 3 pm and most public holidays


Riddoch Art Gallery at the Main Corner
1 Bay Road,  Mount Gambier South Australia
(Corner of Bay Road (Riddoch Highway) and Commercial Street East)

PO Box 56, Mount Gambier SA 5290


Phone (08) 8721 2563

Email:  riddoch@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

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