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 retail area opportunity to purchase arts and crafts from the region and further.
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.
Sedimentary Surfaces brings together new work by Brisbane based – Mount Gambier born artist Lucy Forsberg. The exhibition of new-media, photography and assemblage works traverses the geological and architectural landscapes of Mount Gambier, exploring naturally occurring resources and recent urban developments.
RIDDOCH OPENING HOURS
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