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 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

Future Exhibitions



Elyssa Sykes-Smith

Sat 16 Feb -

Sat 06 Apr

Main Gallery

Do people create place or places create people? Perhaps we exist in a constantly evolving conversation with our environment. Do places have to exist physically or can they be imaginary? Plaception presents new and past works by Shoalhaven artist Elyssa Sykes-Smith that translate the expressive qualities of the figure in relation to architecture, exploring form, space and movement.

Image: Artwork: Elyssa Sykes-Smith Photo: Colin Talbot


Scissors, Paper, Rock

Stephanie Bray, Greer Taylor, Julie Love, Derry Messum

Sat 16 Feb -

Sat 09 Mar

Foyer Gallery

Scissors, Paper, Rock explores the nuances of the ancient Chinese hand game. Although there appears to be a distinct hierarchy among these three objects, neither is more privileged than the others. The outcome of the game is always dependant on the juxtaposition of the objects. The artists were invited to push the boundaries of traditional jewellery and to utilise their diverse sculptural practises to translate their work towards ‘wearable art’, presenting their final works in the medium of their choice.

Image: Julie Love, 'inTus Spirit nourishes within ( Virgil ) Aeneid VI, 726,' Copper riveted bronze, 43 x 131 x 85cm


Sat 16 Feb -

Sat 09 Mar

Access Galery

Faces Behind the Music is a series of black and white portraits of contemporary Australian singers, songwriters and musicians. The majority of the portraits were shot in the subjects’ homes or surrounds, allowing the artists to portray themselves as they wished to be. In this series, Budge aimed to capture the person, not the celebrity.

Image: Leo Sayer, by photographer Wayne Budge


Shared Pathways: Reimagining the Wool Road

Peter Solness, Jenny Robertson, Pirate Myangah, Vanessa Barbay, Trudi Last, Michael Buckley, and Cheryl Leigh Cross

Sat 16 Feb -

Sat 09 Mar

East Gallery

Curated and presented by Shoalhaven residents, Jenny Robertson, Sue McCauley and Michael Buckley, Shared Pathways: Reimagining the Wool Road, emerges out of many years of research, community consultation and creative exploration. Drawing on personal histories, this exhibition explores the largely unknown story of how the Yuin people assisted the European Settlers. Their help guided them to discover the best place to establish the road from the mountain to the sea.

Image: Peter Solness Image # 1, 59.4 x 84.1 cm



Shoalhaven HSC Art 2018

Sat 16 Mar -

Sat 06 Apr

Foyer, Access and East

An exhibition showcasing 2018 HSC Visual art from across the Shoalhaven. NEW HORIZONS presents 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 High School, Shoalhaven High School, St John the Evangelist Catholic High School and Vincentia High School.

Image: Savannah Smith-Watene, Detail Cross Pollination, 2018, ceramics.


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

Bi-Annual Open Art Competition

Sat 08 Jun -

Sat 27 Jul

Access Gallery

A bi-annual 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.