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


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.

Image: Market Day, Penny Lovelock

Future Exhibitions


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'


Creative Moments

Shoalhaven Woodcraft Society, Nowra Spinners & Weavers and Shoalhaven Potters

Sat 07 Sep -

Sat 28 Sep

Foyer, Access & 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 ‘Field and Forest’.

Image: Denise Stevens, 'Bracket Fungi'



Paula do Prado

Sat 07 Sep -

Sat 28 Sep

Main Gallery

Iya-nla means big mother. Using laborious techniques such as crochet and hand beading, Paula combines domestic cloths passed down from women in her family with recycled fabrics and yarns. The works function as sensorial triggers to explore the intersections of Paula’s family history with the Atlantic slave trade, colonisation and migration.

Image: Paula Do Prado, 'Armour'


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


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: Elephant Ear (Alocasia odora) in Autumn, 2017, 150 x 200cm, Archival pigment print on cotton rag