Past Exhibitions

Embroidery: Oppression to Expression

Galleries 1 – 3 | 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.

Past Exhibitions

Opens 15 February 2024

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The Fabric of War

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 of new and unseen treasures from the renowned quilt collection of Annette Gero.


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