I would like to look at what activities there are to see and do during the cooler months here in Mount Gambier.Clearly an excellent venue to start in is our Main Corner Complex.Down on the ground floor you will find the Riddoch Art Gallery ( http://www.riddochartgallery.org.au ) and entrance in here is totally free of charge. This is South Australia’s largest regional art gallery and houses art of all descriptions from local plus well known Australian and overseas based artists.
Recently we had the Da Vinci Machines exhibition. This is a collection of works that is based in an overseas art gallery and needless to say, we saw thousands flock to the gallery for this. What a great success.
Are you inspired by the works of Hans Heysen? Then come on down here because we are currently exhibiting works from Nora Heysen who is the daughter of Hans. Nora is the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize and our exhibition has a very strong Feminism theme about it.
Ah! But I hear you say; you will not be coming here until September. Not too worry.
From the 5th September we will be hosting the “Art Bytes” exhibition.
Gallery staff are currently sourcing works by local digital artists for an exhibition to be held here during September and October. This will showcase the work of local digital artists and will be divided into 5 areas:
- Moving Image
In addition there will be interactive displays for you to play around with, so this is a real hands on experience. Needless to say this is a wonderful opportunity for our local artists to showcase their work and for the public to learn more about new technologies.
After you finish downstairs, come on up to the first floor. Here you will find two rooms; one being called Dress Circle and the other is called Kings Floor.
In Dress Circle you can watch a one hour movie (free of charge as well) that details how this region was formed. This has been a continuing success with many people saying how much they enjoyed it.
Last of all you can enter Kings Floor (and guess what, this is also free – we don’t want you money; keep it for something else like a lovely coffee and cake) where you can watch many short reel films / stories about the early history of Mount Gambier. Not enough?
Then play with the interactive displays that are placed around this huge room.
After all of that, you can go for the coffee and cake that I just mentioned. Just walk across the road to one of two excellent cafés that many of us locals visit.
What a way to spend a day!