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Exhibitions

The Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra presents a vibrant exhibition program featuring contemporary and traditional works, a diverse range of touring exhibitions by leading Australian and Shoalhaven artists, community based exhibitions and works from the Shoalhaven City Art Collection.

Our exhibition program changes every six to eight weeks, and we celebrate each new group of shows with an opening celebration on the first Saturday from 12 – 2pm. These launches provide a chance to meet gallery artists, curators and staff and all are welcome. Please note the gallery closes for installation in the week preceding each launch.

Current Exhibitions


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An Unending Shadow

Ann and Sophie Cape

Tue 16 Jun -

Sat 05 Sep

Main and Foyer Gallery

An Unending Shadow is an exhibition of artworks by prominent Australian mother and daughter artists, Ann and Sophie Cape. Together they have made new artworks in response to their shared experiences of having a relative living with dementia and its impact on their day-to-day lives and artistic practices.

Image: Ann and Sophie Cape

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Shaken II

Bernard McGrath

Tue 16 Jun -

Sat 05 Sep

Access and East Gallery

Bernard McGrath discovered a passion for painting after undergoing deep brain stimulation to alleviate his Parkinson’s symptoms. Previously a real estate agent, he now works compulsively in a range of Abstract Expressionist styles.

Image: Bernard McGrath, Shoalhaven River, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90cm

Future Exhibitions


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Creative Moments

Shoalhaven Woodcraft Society, Nowra Spinners & Weavers and Shoalhaven Potters

Sat 12 Sep -

Sat 03 Oct

Foyer, Access and East Galleries

This local, non-competitive exhibition provides an opportunity for local artisans to share their gifts and talents with others, extending their enjoyment in their craft. This year’s exhibition responds to the theme ‘Out of the Ashes’.

Image: Clair Bruton pot

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Gifted

Works from the Birkett Weatherhead Collection

Sat 12 Sep -

Sat 03 Oct

Main Gallery

This exhibition presents a selection of works from a major gift from local collectors and philanthropists Jim Birkett and Roy Weatherhead. Their personal collection includes paintings, sculpture and textile works with a focus on contemporary Australian artists and works from South East Asia.

Image: Warwick Keen, VOYUER, 2007 - 2009, acrylic on canvas, 170 x 260cm

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Sat 10 Oct -

Sat 05 Dec

Access Gallery

Shoalhaven based artist Vivien Tanner is widely recognised for her award winning paintings of picturesque landscapes. This exhibition investigates another important element of her practice, explorations of landscape and form which aim to capture the true essence of a scene.
In these works, light and colour are used to create an immersive mood and engage the viewer. While more abstract in form, the long shadows of dusk or sunlit vistas that inspired the artist are palpable.
This exhibition offers a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the Australian landscape. The gentle works are imbued with a sense of peace and reflect the soothing effect nature has on our psyche.

Image: Vivien Tanner, Meander, mixed media on canvas, 76 x 92cm

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Sat 10 Oct -

Sat 05 Dec

East Gallery

First fire, then flood, now the virus, we have been forced into a relationship with our possessions and to reassess the values that underlie their collection. What do we choose to keep, and keep safe, and what needs to be jettisoned?

As an artist, I use the power of objects to transport the viewer through history, memory, and emotion. I’m fascinated by how groups of objects gather power in numbers or open portals to a spiritual experience. For this reason, I collect stuff to make stuff. And yet, I am truly ambivalent about collections and collecting, my possessions delight and trouble me. I alternately treasure my clutter and resent it. I love the frivolity of the purely decorative object, but I also find it disturbing.

Image: Beth Norling, 'Retablo of the hungry ghost' Digital image

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The TERRA Within

Curated by Warwick Keen

Sat 10 Oct -

Sat 05 Dec

Main and Foyer Gallery

The TERRA Within is a major exhibition exploring the themes impact and survival in relation to the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s voyage to the east coast of Australia.
It addresses the impacts of the past 250 years of colonisation and celebrates the survival of the oldest living culture in the world. The exhibition seeks to explore the differing experiences and perspectives, acknowledge the trauma, bring new and different voices to light and provide a place to celebrate the continuation of culture, knowledge and connection to country. ?

Image: Warwick Keen

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WONDER+DREAD

Art in the Land of Weather Extremes

Sat 12 Dec -

Sat 30 Jan

All Galleries

Against a backdrop of increasingly frequent severe weather events, WONDER + DREAD: Art in the Land of Weather Extremes is an ambitious group exhibition of Australian artists. It places historical works alongside contemporary works and new commissions to create a thoughtful and nuanced survey of how artists have responded to severe weather across time.

Image: Sidney Nolan, Untitled (calf carcass in tree) 1952, archival inkjet print, 23.0 cm x 23.0 cm