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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Jamberoo Mountain Road

Contemporary Australian Artists

Sat 09 Jun -

Sat 04 Aug

Main and Foyer Galleries

Works resulting from an artist residency at Jamberoo by artists Riste Andrievski, Gina Bruce, Ann Cape, Michelle Cawthorn, Steve Lopes, Euan Macleod, Robert Malherbe, Max Miller, Paul Ryan, Luke Sciberras, Peter Sharp, Ann Thomson, and Guy Warren.

Image: Steve Lopes, 'Jamberoo Study'

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Finesse

Nicole Ison and Lee Bethel

Sat 09 Jun -

Sat 04 Aug

Access Gallery

Finesse sets up a dialogue between two artists, Lee Bethel and Nicole Ison, exploring the shared nuances of the mediums paper and porcelain.





Image: Top: Lee Bethel, 'Operculum' below: Nicole Ison, 'Ripples'

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Moonmilk

Chris Fulham

Sat 09 Jun -

Sat 04 Aug

East Gallery

The Audio Cave presents Moonmilk, an immersive sound environment that grows in response to exploration. Moonmilk is an exercise in experiential art, focusing on immersion and experience for multiple engagers. Explore the cave, immerse yourself and enjoy the experience.


Image: Chris Fulham, 'Moonmilk'

Future Exhibitions


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Shoalhaven Art Society

53rd Annual Open Art Competition

Sat 18 Aug -

Sat 08 Sep

All Galleries

This large annual exhibition, coordinated by Shoalhaven Art Society, draws entries Australia wide, with a particular focus on local talent. The exhibition explores painting in all its forms and invites a large variety of subject matter.

Image: Ken Tucker, Shoalhaven Memory – Winner Wray Owen Award 2017

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Caution Wet Paint

Lucy Culliton

Sat 15 Sep -

Sat 06 Oct

Main Gallery

Life and art are intrinsically entwined in Lucy Culliton's paintings. An avid gardener, her own plants, garden and surrounding landscape are frequently featured, as too are the many animals that inhabit and share her home.

Image: Lucy Culliton, Bison, Brocky & Pushy, 2016, oil on canvas, 183 x 243cm

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Creative Moments

Shoalhaven Woodcraft Society, Nowra Spinners & Weavers and the Shoalhaven Potters

Sat 15 Sep -

Sat 06 Oct

Foyer, Access and East Galleries

Creative Moments is an annual joint exhibition of the Shoalhaven Woodcraft Society, Nowra Spinners & Weavers and the Shoalhaven Potters.This local, non-competitive exhibition provides an opportunity for the artisans and craftspeople of these three community groups to share their gifts and talents with others, extending their enjoyment in their craft.

Image: Pots being fired, Shoalhaven Potters

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Painting in the Same Language - A Different Vocabulary

Vicki Varvaressos, curated by Max Dingle

Sat 13 Oct -

Sat 01 Dec

Main Gallery

Vicki Varvaressos’ works emphasize her inner feelings and emotions over objective depictions. Her dramatic figures contrast with a limited palette applied in broad, loaded brush strokes. After twenty years as a renowned figurative artist, her style eased its way into abstraction, and since then Vicki continues to work in both styles, with some paintings seemingly transitioning in-between.

Image: Vicki Varvaressos, Woman with thing in the air, 1993, acrylic & oil on board, 138 x 122 cm

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Arabesque

Mary Preece

Sat 13 Oct -

Sat 03 Nov

Foyer Gallery

Inspired by the arabesque, an ornamental design based on patterns of scrolling and interlacing foliage and tendrils, this exhibition explores sculptural basketry through an installation and a series of wall pieces and bowls. The artworks are informed by a study of the flora of the Shoalhaven and incorporate vines, rushes and grasses using coiling and other basketry techniques.

Image: Mary Preece, Basketry Wall Works

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Sat 13 Oct -

Sat 03 Nov

Access Gallery

Dawson and Hayden are exploring a connection with place and the environment. Plant printing, drawing, collage and paint will be used to create semi abstract art pieces that echo phases of the natural world imbued with a sense of depth and mystery. Both artists explore how we dwell and move within our landscape, balanced unpredictably with a sense of intuition and tension.

Image: Left – Shena Hayden, Growth (detail) Right - Barbara Dawson, Wetlands I (detail)

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Shadow Place

Meagan Jacobs

Sat 13 Oct -

Sat 03 Nov

East Gallery

Shadow Place is a body of work inspired by the Australian landscape - the desert, the bush, the coast.
Paintings and drawings formulated by memory and best described as a fusion of the real and the imaginary world, Meagan Jacobs combines representational imagery with an abstract language to create works capturing a sense of place.

Image: Meagan Jacobs, Karrku, oil on board, 60 x 60cm

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Bugs Galore

Kaye Johnston

Sat 10 Nov -

Sat 01 Dec

Foyer Gallery

Kaye Johnston's bug drawings come from a weird part of her brain in which her bug community reside. They are based on biology and have biomorphic forms. They are all individual with different personalities and could live in all geographical locations from extreme hot volcanic niches, the desert, to cold polar areas and even under water. They are often concerned with social and political issues such as sexism, racism, homophobia, misogyny and the environmental.

Image: Kaye Johnston, No Fishing

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UNO

Richard Morecroft

Sat 10 Nov -

Sat 01 Dec

Access Gallery

?The streets of the Japanese port of Uno were the starting point for this exhibition based around roads, pavements and distinctively crafted manhole covers. Japanese design and iconography are blended in works which are visual hybrids of cast iron, concrete, tarmac and weathered paint.

Image: Richard Morecroft, Shinjuku 1 (study)

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Nature of Memory – Memory of Nature

Warwick Francis & Judy Panucci

Sat 10 Nov -

Sat 01 Dec

East Gallery

Nature and memory meld in the works of Warwick Francis and Judy Panucci, two great friends who enjoy sharing their art practice and its connection with their lived and imagined worlds. Through collaboration, experimentation, contemplation and frustration both Shoalhaven based artists explore these personal yet universal themes.

Image: Top; Warwick Francis, Brown Sheep of the Family. Below; Judy Panucci, Nature of Memory VI.

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Sat 08 Dec -

Sat 09 Feb

All Galleries

For Guy Warren personal experience and memory are vitally important, intertwining with subject matter across his works. Certain events and places had such strong impact that they appear constantly throughout the paintings, prints and drawings Warren has produced over the past six decades.
A canoeing trip down the Shoalhaven River Warren undertook in 1939, at the age of sixteen, and a block of land at the head of the Jamberoo valley on which Warren built a shed have both been integral to his practice. Images of the river, canoe and the ‘hut on the hill,’ all imbued with memories and fantasies, are a strong presence throughout his works and the complex overlapping of form found within the rainforest has impacted depth and patterning across his entire oeuvre.

Image: Guy Warren, River Series, 2007