Past Exhibitions

Madness of the gods: Love , War & Transgressions

22 August 2017 – 17 February 2018 Emblematic of the Gods and Goddesses, the David Roche Collection, from the facade of the new wing, throughout the galleries and his residence, abounds with Greco-Roman ideals. His former swimming pool was testament to the Aegean. The faux-marbled architraves and door reveals, the faux-malachite pilasters and skirtings, epitomise… 

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A Natural Way

Clare Belfrage: A Natural Way Fermoy House 1 August – 23 September 2017 The David Roche Foundation is proud to support the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival in 2017 with a contemporary glass exhibition by renowned artist, Clare Belfrage. In single forms and intimate collections, Clare Belfrage’s work features detailed and complex glass drawing… 

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Kings, Queens and Courtiers

24 January – 5 August 2017 Monarchs and courtiers of the 18th and 19th centuries were of abiding interest to David Roche – and this exhibition reflects his passion for selecting items of exceptional quality to add to his collection. David considered that the monarchy was “an endangered species and often regarded as the foe of… 

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David Roche: Kennels and collecting

Both kennels and collecting involved national and international travel for David Roche. Trips would combine the ‘dog world’ with visits to antique dealers, galleries and auction rooms. While many dog exhibitors took an interest in antiques, perhaps not as keen as David’s, they did generously introduce him to fine, private collections. Without a doubt, David… 

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Bruce Nuske: Classicisms and other foibles.

A response to the pervasive history and enduring legacy of Classicism, explored topically as object and metaphor. Ceramics and appropriated objects will present the interplay. 2 August – 1 October 2016 In 2016 The David Roche Foundation is thrilled to join the SALA festival for the first time and to work with renowned contemporary ceramist,… 

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Exhibition 7

T→r→a→n→s→i→t→i→o→n | 12 May 2015 – 28 April 2016

The  Foundation  established by the  late David J K  Roche A.M. has been  in predictable transition following his death on March 27th 2013 and has now taken a quantum leap as the decision was made to move his beloved collection, which has now ‘left the building’ for safe storage. Never did we imagine the collection leaving… 

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Exhibition 6

The Human Form In Art | 28th October 2014 - 30th April 2015

David Roche’s first purchase of porcelain was an unrelated pair of items -an English bone china statue of a Terrier and a figurine of Queen Marys’ pet dog.  He was just 13 years old and so began his passion for collecting, which continued at an unceasing pace until just weeks prior to his death on… 

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Exhibition 5

Art From The Hearth | 29th April 2014 - 16th October 2014

This exhibition is Art From The Hearth, a surprising display of items removed from the shelves and walls of David Roche’s much-loved kitchen. Highlighting a collection of nursery pottery, string boxes, novelties, toys, mechanical money banks, naive items, kitchenalia and more this exhibition was open 29th April 2014 through 16th October 2014. Image: George III Pontypool… 

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Exhibition 4

Motifs From Nature | 2014

Our founder, the late David Roche AM had a passionate interest in flora throughout his lifetime and here we celebrate this love by identifying motifs from nature used as ornament on items from his collection. Whether cast in bronze, moulded from lead, carved from timber, inlaid, painted, enamelled or lacquered, or merely implied, there was… 

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Exhibition 3

Kingdom Animalia & The Decorative Arts | 2013

This exhibition displays items of all types within the collection that have a connection to the animal kingdom. Some 98 items have been selected for this exhibition which has been well received by visitors to the gallery. They include items such as Lord Leighton’s Perseus on Pegasus (1895), a celebrated Chelsea Porcelain Music Lesson Group (circa… 

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