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Upcoming exhibitions – Remembering the Future and Recovering the Past

Upcoming exhibitions – Remembering the Future and Recovering the Past
04 November 2021

Renowned artist Tim Gruchy will open the first regional South Australian exhibition of his works at The Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre on Friday 12 November 2021.
Tim Gruchy
Renowned artist Tim Gruchy will open the first regional South Australian exhibition of his works at The Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre on Friday 12 November 2021.

Remembering the Future by Tim Gruchy will launch at the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre on Friday 12 November 2021 at 6:00pm and will be opened by Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia Rhana Devenport ONZM. Tim is a renowned artist who has worked across immersive and interactive multimedia for the past 30 years with The Riddoch hosting the first regional South Australian exhibition of his works.

Bringing a diverse selection of his works together in Mount Gambier for the first time, Tim’s interactive and long form digital works will take audiences on a journey through the natural, and unnatural worlds simultaneously, with a focus on how technology intersects with the world around us.

“Tim’s recent work for Illuminart in Adelaide, and his extensive international experience means that the Riddoch is incredibly fortunate to be able to show his work to our local audiences,” City of Mount Gambier Arts and Culture Development Officer Serena Wong said.

“His striking videos are a timely reminder of how we often experience the world through technology and how that has affected our past, but also our future.”

Tim will host an interactive multimedia workshop focused on Isadora, an award-winning digital media software that is easy to learn and suitable for beginners through to experts. Running from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday 13 November, the workshop will provide an in depth understanding of the capabilities of Isadora, tailored to the interests of participants.

Showing alongside Remembering the Future is Recovering the Past by Ian Alderman, presenting 25 montage photographs documenting the social aftermath inflicted on Australian society by the First World War.

The photographic exhibition documents the physical and psychological consequences of the Great War. Comprised of thought-provoking images accompanied with poignant quotes sourced from Australia’s archives, the exhibition lays bare the plight of war widows, grieving mothers and traumatised returning soldiers.

“Featuring historical photographs of Australia’s famed diggers, overlaid with Ian’s contemporary photographs of the Belgian Army’s Flanders-based bomb disposal team, Recovering the Past provides a unique view into the lethal legacy of unexploded ammunition in Belgium’s West Flanders,” Ms Wong said.

Ian Alderman is the only artist to have been given full access to the dangerous work and facilities of DOVO-SEDEE, the Belgium armed forces bomb disposal team responsible for clearing the ordinance.

Ian said it has taken him six years to produce the exhibition and bring it to Australia.

“I’ve created it with our younger generations in mind, so that we may never forget how truly devastating the physical and psychological consequences of war are.”

Both exhibitions are free to view and will be on display at The Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre (open 7 days) until January 2022.

RSVP is essential for the exhibition opening due to COVID-19 restrictions. Email riddoch@mountgambier.sa.gov.au or call (08) 8721 2563 to register.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Ashlea Watson on (08) 8721 2577 or awatson@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

Recovering the Past by Ian Alderman is a photographic exhibition featuring historical photographs of Australia’s famed diggers, overlaid with Ian’s contemporary photographs of the Belgian Army’s Flanders-based bomb disposal team.
Recovering the Past - Ian Alderman
Recovering the Past by Ian Alderman is a photographic exhibition featuring historical photographs of Australia’s famed diggers, overlaid with Ian’s contemporary photographs of the Belgian Army’s Flanders-based bomb disposal team.