Future Exhibitions

Quilts: The Fabric of War 1760–1900

The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts made from military fabrics | 15 February – 18 May 2024 - Ticketed Exhibition

Historical quilts with striking geometric patterns, exotic animals, biblical stories, and even the Venetian state galley are but a few of the extraordinary images you will see displayed in this exhibition from the renowned quilt collection of Annette Gero. Using brightly coloured military fabrics from eighteenth and nineteenth century uniforms these rare patchwork quilts were… 

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Wedgwood: Master Potter to the Universe

Wedgwood: Master Potter to the Universe | Galleries 1, 2, 3 | 23 September 2023 - 27 January 2024. Ticketed.

In 1769, Josiah Wedgwood famously declared his intention to become ‘Vase Maker General to the Universe’ . Experimentation and innovation saw Wedgwood become a household name, and continue to be the defining features of this internationally celebrated ceramic manufacturer. 240 works sourced from Australian public and private collections will evidence Wedgwood’s diversity. See historically celebrated… 

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Regine Schwarzer: Deliberations on Fermoy

SALA 2023 | Roman Room and Gilded Aviary - 1 August - 9 September 2023 - Free exhibition

When visiting The David Roche Foundation House Museum, Regine Schwarzer’s attention was immediately drawn to the diverse, small-scale, precious, utilitarian artefacts held in cabinets throughout Fermoy House. These treasures prompted her to research their historical uses, and to contemplate what the objects meant to the people that lived with them many years ago. For this exhibition, she has created… 

Arthur Boyd: The Life of Saint Francis

Arthur Boyd: The Life of Saint Francis | 28 April - 2 September 2023.

Celebrated Australian artist Arthur Boyd and his vision of the endearing medieval Italian saint, St. Francis of Assisi, comes to Adelaide from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Rarely seen, a selection of Boyd’s large, and spectacular tapestries illustrating the life of the saint are joined by pastels and lithographs exploring the universal… 

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022: a travelling exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra | 28 January - 1 April 2023. Ticketed.

The David Roche Foundation is delighted to be the first venue for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022. Now in its 15th year, the annual exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, draws from entries submitted by aspiring and professional photographers from across Australia. In 2022, 50 finalists were selected from more than 2,400… 

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Fantastical Worlds

Fantastical Worlds | Galleries 1-3 - 13 August - 24 December 2022 - Ticketed exhibition

From 13 August to 24 December 2022, The David Roche Foundation plays host to Fantastical Worlds, a travelling exhibition developed by Powerhouse museum, Sydney, comprising playful arrangements of old and new. The Powerhouse collection holds many objects that instil a sense of wonder. Made using a wide range of materials and techniques, they seduce us… 

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Doppelgänger and Zombies

Galleries 1 - 3 | 1 July - 23 July 2022

Decorative Arts in the Digital Age Exhibition of Archetypes, Cyber Crafts and Collectibles 1 July – 23 July 2022 – Free entry Craftship and arts, design and fabrication have shifted dramatically in the Digital Age. From New Materials, Avatars, Crypto Currencies, GANs, Metaverse, and Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs), to Lidar Scanning, Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR… 

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Silhouettes: Fashion in the Shadow of HIV/AIDS

Galleries 1 - 3 | 29 January - 18 June 2022

Silhouettes: Fashion in the Shadow of HIV/AIDS explores the lives and works of some of fashion’s brightest stars from the late 20th century. Featured in this ground-breaking exhibition are works by designers, artists and activists who have passed of AIDS-related illness to raise awareness of their contribution to fashion during a pivotal moment in history.… 

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The Doppelgänger

Fermoy House | 11 November - 16 December 2021

In 2020 the University of South Australia, the SIDA Foundation, and the David Roche Foundation awarded a two-year Research Fellowship in Interior Design and Decoration to the project The Doppelgänger, developed by Dr Rochus Urban Hinkel, Associate Professor for Architecture and Design at the Melbourne School of Design at The University of Melbourne. The Doppelgänger… 

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Salon des Refusés

Galleries 1 – 3 | 9 October – 11 December 2021

On display in Adelaide for the first time in its almost 30 year history is the National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery’s Salon des Refusés 2021, the alternate Archibald and Wynne prize exhibition. The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Art… 

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