Ancient Rome program of activities

Fruszi Kenez
Artist Fruzsi Kenez is delivering clay workshops on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019 as part of the Ancient Rome program.

The Riddoch Art Gallery is hosting the spirit of Rome in Mount Gambier with the award-winning exhibition Ancient Rome: The Empire that Shaped the World. To complement the exhibition a program of events is underway to deliver unique workshops and experiences to the community.

Artist Fruzsi Kenez will deliver clay workshops inspired by the roman’s mastery of this art form. The Adelaide-based ceramicist will guide participants in the creation of a roman style vase during a workshop on Saturday 19 October 2019 or the creation of a small bust of a figure, animal or vessel on Sunday 20 October 2019.

“Come and enjoy an afternoon of hand-building clay and make functional and decorative objects that you can enjoy forever,” Artist Fruzsi Kenez said.

“Fruzi’s workshops are not your average clay making workshop, come along and let Fruzsi lead you on a roman inspired afternoon with a fun and cheeky twist,” Dr. Pandilovski said.

The community is also invited to try a hand at a toga life drawing session with local artists April Hague and Jane Van Eeten. Scheduled for Thursday 24 October sessions involve a model decked out in roman costume, a glass of wine and nibbles in a relaxed setting.

“If you haven’t participated in life drawing before book now for the last session, you can improve your skills no matter what level you’re at,” Dr Pandilovski said.

Those curious about a chef’s secrets to cooking great pasta participants can join Chef Ian Perry in the final Italian cooking masterclasses being held on Thursday 31 October 2019.

Spend the evening learning the art of pasta making by cooking squid ink pasta with clams in garlic or hand rolled pasta with braised fava beans and artichokes to share with a glass of wine.
– Riddoch Art Gallery Director Melentie Pandilovski

Other activities in the program include audio tours and roman vessel sculpting using virtual reality technology.

“There is a reason Ancient Roman culture has endured for centuries and these activities demonstrate not only how vast the roman influence was but how much we owe to the Romans today,” Dr. Pandilovski said.

For further information about the exhibition including the full program of events visit

“We are into the final weeks of the exhibition so don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to experience this incredible culture while it’s on our doorstep.”

To book for any of the above workshops contact The Riddoch & Main Corner Complex on (08) 8721 2563 or visit the team at 1 Bay Road, Mount Gambier.

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