I would like to highlight what activities there are to see and do during Winter here in Mount Gambier.
Clearly an excellent venue to start in is the Main Corner Complex.
On the ground floor you will find the Riddoch Art Gallery ( http://www.riddochartgallery.org.au ). 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, and best of all it is free of charge.
Back in 2014 we had what would be considered the most significant display that has ever been seen in a South Australian regional center, namely the Da Vinci Machines exhibition.
Now whilst a exhibition of the caliber does not come along every day does not mean that what you can see today is of little worth and or from artists of little notoriety.
Are you inspired by the works of Hans Heysen?
Staying in the family, how about his daughter, Nora?
Nora is the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize, and in one of the exhibitions that we did present, the theme had a strong Feminism component about it.
Not for the first time, gallery staff have been sourcing works by local digital artists for their ongoing exhibition in this genre. The main focus of this exhibition is to highlight 3D and VR experiences, 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 called Volcano.
This is all about how this region was formed and like everything else in this venue, is completely free of charge
Last of all you can enter a room called Kings Floor. Here you can watch many short films about the early history of Mount Gambier and or play with the interactive displays that are placed around this huge room. Best of all, this is also free – we don’t want your money; keep it for something else like a lovely coffee and cake.
After all of that, you can go for the coffee and cake that I just mentioned. Just walk across the road to one of four excellent cafés that many of us locals visit.
What a way to spend a day!