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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


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Sat 12 Jun -

Sat 03 Jul

Main Gallery

Ozquilt Network Inc is pleased to present Art Quilt Australia 2021, a biennial exhibition showcasing the very best of contemporary art quilt making in Australia.
Art quilts are defined as stitched and layered textiles and have been described by Dr Sam Bowker, Senior Lecturer in Art History & Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University as “complex surfaces shaped by the interplay of intriguing materials. More than images they are sculptural –”

Image: Neroli Henderson, 'Whitewash' (detail). Winner of the OzQuilt Network ‘Award of Excellence’ 2019, 94.5 x 63cm

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Creative Moments

Shoalhaven Woodcraft Society, Nowra Spinners & Weavers and Shoalhaven Potters

Sat 12 Jun -

Sat 03 Jul

Foyer, Access & East Gallery

This exhibition provides local artisans an opportunity to display their creative talents. 2021’s theme is ‘From Mountain to Sea’. Although the three mediums featured are very diverse, they complement each other, enhancing and enriching the viewing experience.

Image: Denise Stevens, 'Scenic Route' (detail), woven tapestry.

Future Exhibitions


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Songbird

Michelle Cawthorn

Sat 10 Jul -

Sat 28 Aug

Main Gallery

Within her practice, Sydney based artist Michelle Cawthorn engages with memory as an agent of creativity in artistic practice. For the exhibition 'Songbird', the artist considers the ways that birdsong can link memory with place through a series of drawing and collage works that offer a visual expression of her aural experience, both past and present.

Image: Michelle Cawthorn, 'Interloper' 2021, Archival ink, Indian ink, paper collage and acrylic on Hahnemühle paper, 108 x 156 cm (detail)

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A Quiet Place

Keith Tubb

Sat 10 Jul -

Sat 28 Aug

Foyer Gallery

The work in this exhibition was inspired by the artist's visits to the Botanic Garden in Booderee National Park. First visiting the garden around five years ago, he immediately felt a strong connection to the place. The atmosphere was very special and evoked many feelings, one of which was that childhood sense of wonder of being in a strange and magical place. The title refers not only to the physical place but also to that quiet place in the mind.

Image: Keith Tubb, 'Booderee Botanic Garden 3' 2021, acrylic and charcoal on paper, 57 x 83cm

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Present Tense

Adrian Baiada & Bonnie Porter Greene

Sat 10 Jul -

Sat 28 Aug

Access Gallery

Present Tense is an exploration of the tension experienced throughout Shoalhaven landscapes that once were spaces of reprieve, escape and personal regeneration for the artists, but now embody a type of traumatisation due to recent unprecedented bush fires.

Image: L: Adrian Baiada R: Bonnie Porter Greene

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Point of Reference

Jeanette Stok

Sat 10 Jul -

Sat 28 Aug

East Gallery

Over the last decade Brisbane based artist Jeanette Stok has been modifying traditional embroidery techniques for use with alternative materials. These non-textile materials allow her to create unusual patterns that are impossible with a needle and thread. They also encourage a reflection of the way identity and perspective is shaped through culture, adaptation and repetitive actions.

Image: Jeanette Stok, 'Vault' aluminium, plastic gutter guard, soft garden tie and wire, 250 x 90 x 135cm. Photograph by Joseph Burgess

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Sat 04 Sep -

Wed 16 Jun

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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Shoalhaven Art Society

Open Art Competition

Sat 23 Oct -

Thu 13 May

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