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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


52nd Annual Open Art Competition

Shoalhaven Arts Society

Sat 09 Sep -

Sat 30 Sep

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 in subject matter.

Image: Vivien Tanner’s 2016 winning entry ‘Peace’.

Future Exhibitions


Embedded in Land

Jim Birkett

Sat 07 Oct -

Sat 28 Oct

Main Gallery

This body of work is embedded in an exploration of the relationship between layers of the human body and Australian landscape. It researches the many forms and postures of the male body overlaying contour images with an indulgence in the discovery of complex composition.

Image: Jim Birkett, ‘Embedded in Land,’ 2017, mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150cm.

Creative Moments

Shoalhaven Woodcraft Society Inc., Nowra Spinners & Weavers Inc. and the Shoalhaven Potters

Sat 07 Oct -

Sat 28 Oct

Foyer, Access & East Galleries

"Creative Moments" is an inspirational, annual joint exhibition of the Shoalhaven Woodcraft Society, Nowra Spinners & Weavers and the Shoalhaven Potters. In 2017 the exhibition coincides with the Shoalhaven River Festival, and as such the theme for this year's exhibition is ‘The River’.

Image: Kerry Rourke, ‘The River’ textile.

Soft Core

Touring exhibition from Museums & Galleries of NSW

Sat 04 Nov -

Sat 13 Jan

All Galleries

Soft Core presents artistic practices that explore the many facets of ‘softness’ - from large-scale inflatables to forms made from soft materials to materials that simply look soft. Soft Core investigates these practices by presenting existing works and newly commissioned works from 12 Australian and International artists who question the fluctuating meaning of what it means to be soft.

Image: 'Koji Ryui, HAVE A NICE DAY, 2014,’ unfired clay, polyethylene bag, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.