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


Sat 05 Oct -

Sat 23 Nov

Main and Foyer Galleries

NOW Contemporary Art Prize aims to inspire artists to consider contemporary art as more than something created recently, and to reflect on the ways contemporary art has, and continues to, push boundaries and comment on our world and the artist’s place in it. This year’s selected artworks will respond to the exhibition theme "pushes boundaries, responds to our world, is dynamic and personal"



Greer Taylor

Sat 05 Oct -

Sat 23 Nov

Access Gallery

These works are a response to a moment in time in the cycle of life in a wild place.
Nature is engrossed in an ever-becoming cycle and these works intercept that cycle, if only for a moment.

Image: Greer Taylor, Crushed wattle flowers on pebble in dry river bed


Two Rivers

Michelle Hiscock

Sat 05 Oct -

Sat 23 Nov

East Gallery

A series of works juxtaposing impressions of the Shoalhaven River with the MacDonald River, a tributary of the Hawkesbury. After a residency at St Albans Michelle was inspired to return to the more familiar Shoalhaven sites with a new awareness of the historical narrative to record the mood and atmosphere and discover what lies beneath the surface of appearances.

Image: Michelle Hiscock, Before the Storm


Blind Radius II

Sally McKay

Sat 12 Oct -

Sat 07 Dec

North Gallery

Sally McKay’s exhibition celebrates the things that exist in our local environments that we see every day, yet are totally unaware of. The artist brings her unique perspective to these natural and wonderful objects, opening viewers’ minds to the beauty and mystery that surrounds us at all times – and that we can discover too if we only look hard enough.

Image: Sally McKay, Dentelle Bleuet

Future Exhibitions


Altered States

Tamara Dean & Nicole Welch

Sat 30 Nov -

Sat 08 Feb

All galleries

Altered States explores Australian identity and our changing relationship with our environment through photographs of the Australian Landscape which have been modified by the hand of the artist. By adjusting the expected vista, with the addition of foreign objects, figures or projections, these artists cause us to look twice at their works and question the land we inhabit and how we relate to it, now and throughout history.

Image: Tamara Dean - Messmate Stringybark, Nicole Welch - Apparition I


New Horizons

Shoalhaven HSC Art

Sat 15 Feb -

Sat 07 Mar

Foyer, Access and East Galleries

An exhibition showcasing 2019 HSC Visual Arts from across the Shoalhaven. NEW HORIZONS present; exciting, innovative and high quality art in diverse mediums. Shoalhaven Regional Gallery is proud to continue an ongoing partnership with the Department of Education and Communities. Schools participating this year are Bomaderry High School, Kiama High School, Nowra Anglican College, Nowra Christian School, Nowra High School, Shoalhaven High School, St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Ulladulla High School and Vincentia High School.

Image: Maya Lovelock-Dodos, The Ignorant Race



Rob Howe, Kevin McKay, Lucy O’Doherty, Zuza Zochowski

Sat 15 Feb -

Sat 07 Mar

Main Gallery

In this exhibition four artists come together to explore what the Great Australian Dream looks like through different eyes. From urban scapes with industrial and commercial buildings, to idiosyncratic depictions of post war architecture and suburban streetscapes that could be anywhere. As they reflect on their own experience of home, community and place, these works reflect back to the viewer our own nostalgia, formed through popular culture and personal experience.

Image: Lucy O'Doherty, Victa with space mirror, oil on linen, 50 x 76cm