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Exhibitions

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

Future Exhibitions


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Sat 04 Sep -

Sat 06 Nov

All Galleries

Awarded to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists.

Image: Winner Archibald Prize 2020, Vincent Namatjira, 'Stand strong for who you are', (detail) acrylic on linen, 152 x 198 cm. © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling. Sitter: Adam Goodes - former professional Australian rules footballer

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Sat 04 Sep -

Sat 06 Nov

North Gallery

Alongside the Archibald Prize 2020, the Gallery will be displaying a local Young Archie Competition! Over 30 portraits from artists aged 5 to 18 years will be on show in the North Gallery. These portraits are of people who are special to them - someone who plays a significant role in their life.

Image: Sophia Ward, 'Dad out of Habitat' (detail)

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Shoalhaven Art Society

Open Art Competition

Sat 23 Oct -

Sat 13 Nov

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 and drawing in all its forms and invites a large variety of subject matter.

Image: 2019 Grand Prize Winner: Kim Grivas, 'Dahlias and Striped Cushion'

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Sea Gods

Ashley Jones-Evans

Sat 20 Nov -

Sat 29 Jan

Main, Foyer and Access Galleries

In more than 40 portraits of Australian surfing identities, shot between 1997 and 1999, award winning photographer Ashley Jones-Evans has created a pantheon of gods; a photographic collection of heroes and trailblazers who made Australian surfing history.

Image: Ashley Jones-Evans, 'Wayne Lynch'

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The Reef

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sat 20 Nov -

Sat 29 Jan

East Gallery

The Reef, a collaboration between Richard Tognetti and a collection of remarkable artists, is an extraordinary merging of music and film, delving into the links between surfing, the ocean, landscape and music.

Image: A still from 'The Reef.' © 2012 ABC