Current Exhibition

Embroidery: Oppression to Expression

17 June – 25 September

Featuring exquisite embroideries from across four centuries, Embroidery: Oppression to Expression embraces contemporary textile practice in Australia and traditional European styles.

Travel from Georgian England to William Morris and forward to the internationally renowned couture of Paolo Sebastian created right here in Adelaide. Enjoy an extensive display of samplers, religious works, Regency silk pictures, and Victorian Berlin work animals. Embroidery in fashion and the unique contribution this art form makes to contemporary Australian art further enriches the diverse material on display in the exhibition.

A major survey of embroidery practices, Embroidery: Oppression to Expression is drawn extensively from public and private collections as well as superb examples collected by David Roche over his lifetime.

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Embroidery: Oppression to Expression

Only at The David Roche Foundation House Museum

17 June to 25 September 2021

Tuesday to Saturday 10AM – 4PM.

No booking required.

Entry: $12 adult. $10 concession. Children under 12 free.


Image: Britain, Fox, 1850-1890, wool on canvas back cloth, 26.5 x 31.5 cm. TDRF 2480.

Current Exhibition

In-flight: occurring, carried out, or present while in flight

3 August – 2 October 2021


Jane Bowden, Angela Giuliani, Michelle Kelly, and Simon Williams create jewellery in response to The David Roche Collection. This ‘cabinet of curiosities’ takes the form of an ornate, French steel and gilt metal aviary, owned by David.

Jane, Angela, Simon, and Michelle have shared the studio space at Zu design over several years, acting as sounding boards for each other through the development and creation of their own practices and are excited to exhibit together for SALA.

In-Flight is a showcase of work by these four makers, and their individual responses to informative visits to Fermoy House and David Roche’s collection of antiquities.

Entrance hall only

Free entry

Future Exhibition

Salon des Refusés

9 October – 11 December 2021

Coming to 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 Gallery of New South Wales’ (AGNSW) Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney scene.

Each year the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting at the AGNSW, to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition.

The resulting Salon des Refusés 2021 is a not to be missed display of over 50 portraits and landscapes that continue the excellent reputation established by the S.H. Ervin Gallery for rivalling the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition. Works are selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.





Salon des Refusés

9 October to 11 December 2021


Tuesday to Saturday 10AM – 4PM

No booking required.

Exhibition Entry: $12 adult. $10 concession. $8 National Trust members. Children under 12 free.


Image: Caroline Zilinksy (Australia b.1978), The Wedgwood Heart (Jonathan Dalton, artist), Sydney, oil on linen. Caroline is represented by nanda\hobbs.

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