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


Tue 16 Apr -

Sat 01 Jun

Made possible through an unprecedented partnership between the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, Starstruck: On Location tells the story of Australian cinema through the faces of our film actors – both famous and forgotten – from the early 20th century through to today.

Image: Portia De Rossi, Elle Macpherson and Kate Fisher as Giddy, Sheela and Pru by Robert McFarlane, 'Sirens', 1993, Courtesy Sue Milliken and Samson Productions Pty Ltd


Fibro Façade

Catherine O'Donnell

Tue 16 Apr -

Sat 01 Jun

Fibro Façade is an installation comprising eleven meticulous charcoal drawings of elements from common fibro housing and an architectural tape outline connecting them.
Catherine O’Donnell leaves the screen door ajar, pulls back the curtain, opens the window and shows the uneven lines of the venetian blinds to reveal that her renderings are equally about the occupants as they are about the structures that they call home.

Image: Catherine O’Donnell, Fibro Façade 2018, charcoal on paper and tape, dimensions variable. Installation view, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 2018. Courtesy the Artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney. Photograph by Silversalt Photography.

Future Exhibitions


Off the Beaten Track

Donna Caffrey, Margaret Gollen, Prue Hill, Linda Taglieri and Diana Thomas

Sat 08 Jun -

Sat 27 Jul

Main Gallery

Five textile artists interpret the theme Off the Beaten Track, providing a starting point from which the concept of difference can be explored. The works produced have historical and contemporary references. Some artists use unusual techniques in a traditional manner, while others use traditional techniques in unusual ways.

Image: Linda Taglieri, Castle Wall


Shoalhaven Mental Health Fellowship

Biennial Open Art Competition

Sat 08 Jun -

Sat 27 Jul

Access Gallery

A biennial open art competition that helps to raise awareness of mental health and illness in the Shoalhaven region. This competition is open to all living in the Shoalhaven region regardless of having a mental illness or not. The aim is to reduce prejudice, discrimination and stigma in the community and create hope for persons with any mental health issues. The theme for 2019, Vital Connections highlights the importance of people and connections in personal recoveries .

Image: Tracy Davis, 2014


The Forest

Franc Hancock

Sat 08 Jun -

Sat 27 Jul

East Gallery

The Forest stands quietly in the Gallery space, reminiscent of a forest after a fire or the stillness found during an early morning bush walk. An installation of freestanding Sumi Ink and paper tubes 2 metres high form a forest. This exhibition highlights Hancock’s concerns regarding deforestation and the subsequent loss of rainfall associated with the practice of clear felling. These works of immense beauty create a moving memorial to the lost Great Forests of the planet.

Image: Trees for the Forest by Franc Hancock


Unspoken Words

Penny Lovelock

Sat 08 Jun -

Sat 27 Jul

Foyer Gallery

Unspoken Words is a series of figurative paintings and drawings which explore an emotional response to the female form and the landscape. An imagined narrative is entwined in the landscape and a recurring theme of animals, music, and women run through the works. The imaginary joins reality in this quirky, illustrative exhibition. The artist’s technique of using a limited colour palette helps to create an underlying sense that we are all alone in some way, that there is a secret part of us that no one knows.


Shoalhaven Art Society

54th Annual Open Art Competition

Sat 03 Aug -

Sat 31 Aug

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. A number of prizes are awarded, including a junior section for artists between the ages of 14 - 18. All works are for sale in this unique showcase of talented artists.

Image: Mark Davis 'Resurrection'