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.



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.

Guided Tours: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11:15am (SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS)


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

Future Exhibition

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

3 August – 4 September 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 foyer only

Free entry


Future Exhibition

Melbourne Street Open Air Art Gallery

Commences 31 July 2021

As part of the 2021 SALA festival, North Adelaide’s Melbourne Street presents the Melbourne Street Open Air Art Gallery. Inspired by the success of the 2020 Musée Extérieur art trail, this exhibition consists of works by 15 emerging and established South Australian artists displayed on walls and in shop fronts along the breadth of Melbourne Street.

The David Roche Foundation will be displaying a piece by Dalabon artist, Darren Siwes, on the front wall of the Foundation.

Exhibition by the City of Adelaide.

Curated by Mary Ann Santin.


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