Past Exhibitions

South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) Exhibition

On Reflection: Ceramic art of Geoff Mitchell Fermoy House 31 July – 6 October 2018 Reflection: an installation by Geoff Mitchell. Amidst the sumptuous surrounds of The David Roche Collection, the richly detailed ceramics of Geoff Mitchell delight and surprise with their engaging interplay of stage-craft, narrative and story-fragments that mirror and reflect on history, sensibility, melancholy… 

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Special Exhibit: Gallery 2

Pompeo Batoni, Portrait of Thomas Dawson (1725-1813), later First Viscount Cremorne, c. 1749-1752

The David Roche Collection is honoured to have a significant portrait by leading Italian Grand Tour artist, Pompeo Batoni, for extended exhibition. On loan from a private collection, Portrait of Thomas Dawson (1725-1813), later First Viscount Cremorne, c.1749-1752 is being exhibited in Australia for the first time and represents the earliest period of Batoni’s portraiture.… 

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Royal & Imperial Clocks

Romantic & Scientific | 27 Feb - 18 Aug 2018

Time and money are often the two things that we worry most about in life and this exhibition reflects David Roche’s obsession with time and the stories on trading, upgrading and acquiring his extraordinary clock collection. This is the first ‘time’ his entire collection of timepieces (and what an extraordinary collection it is) have been… 

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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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Gallery 1

Neoclassic: The Spirit of Antiquity | Current - 18 Aug 2018

For David, the Neoclassic covered the best items from George III to William IV. Whether they were Greek, Roman or Graeco-Roman influenced was of little importance. As an anglophile, his collection is dominated by mahogany and rosewood furniture, although he took a serious interest in mosaic work, scagliola and semi-precious stone finishes. The Neoclassic, as… 

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Gallery 2

Rococo: Graceful Exuberance | Current - 18 Aug 2018

The title of the exhibition reflects David’s ideal notion of beauty, whether it be the physical object or attributes of a person. Rococo’s more relaxed and informal style owed a debt to nature which suited David’s desire to bring the garden in doors. He took delight in filling a myriad of Rococo cache pots and… 

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