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


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: Out of the Ashes: Pot by Clair Bruton, Light by Alan Stasiukynas



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

Future Exhibitions


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, abstracted explorations of landscape and form which aim to capture the true essence of a scene.

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


Sat 10 Oct -

Sat 05 Dec

East Gallery

Beth Norling's work responds to loss ad absence. It hopes to widen the gaze, to look deeply into the things that we instinctively may want to shy away from, so that we can collectively grieve and hopefully move forward with greater compassion and wisdom.

Image: Beth Norling, 'Begging Bowls/burnt offerings', ash, bread dough. Copyright the artist and Silversalt Photography


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, featuring powerful artworks by more than 30 Indigenous artists.

It addresses the impacts of the past 250 years of colonisation and celebrates the survival of the oldest living culture in the world. Drawing from artists across Australia, with a particular focus on South Coast voices, this exhibition brings together traditional and contemporary art, exploring the multitude of experiences and perspectives of this significant anniversary. It acknowledges the trauma, brings new and different voices to light and provides a place to celebrate the continuation of culture, knowledge and connection to country.

Image: Teena McCarthy, 'Sorrow' (detail) 2018, inkjet on silk cloth, 146 x 90cm, Courtesy of the Artist



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