The Riddoch Art Collection, valued at $3.5 million and consisting of over 1500 items, includes important paintings, sculptures, and prints that depict the people and history of the Limestone Coast; a significant collection of Aboriginal art from Utopia (The Rodney Gooch Collection); and a large collection of 20th Century Australian art.
The Collection is divided into 4 general areas:
Contemporary Australian Art
The work of Australian artists has been collected by the Gallery since its foundation. These works date from the colonial period onwards, with particularly rich holdings of paintings and sculptures by leading Australian artists. Collecting activity also follows developments in the modern movement of the 1950s and 1960s and post-modern art of the 70ies to 90-ies. The Riddoch also holds works of art of the 21st century.
Some notable artists in the collection are:
Ian W ABDULLA
Art in Wood
The foundation of this collection is the body of works collected under previous policies. This collection includes works by professional Australian artists/craftspeople (or foreign artists/craftspeople who have produced a significant body of work in Australia) in or after the year 1960. Works acquired for this collection are primarily constructed from wood and should represent developments and trends in the use of the medium
Major artists in this collection include:
The Institute Collection
The foundation of this collection is the Institute Collection assembled in the late 1800’s by the members of the Mechanics Institute, plus such works that have since been acquired that depict or portray significant images, persons or issues for the people of the South East region of South Australia.
It was John Riddoch, who donated the original collection of early Australian and British work.
Besides the sculptures from Pasquale ROMANELLI, the Collection includes works by:
Edwin Henry DERRINGTON
A S MURRAY
as well as a number of objects from the material culture of the Boandik indigenous peoples, including Boomerangs, Battle axes, Swords, Knives and Sheaths.
The Collections also includes coins and bank notes.
The foundation of this collection is the body of works collected under previous policies as well as works acquired for the South East Craft Collection.
In addition the Collection includes works by:
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to the significant size of The Riddoch’s art collection it is not on permanent display. Collection pieces are curated into exhibitions from time to time – please check the list of current and upcoming exhibitions for further details.