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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 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

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Sat 10 Oct -

Sat 05 Dec

East Gallery

Beth Norling's work responds to loss and 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

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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

Future Exhibitions


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Truth in Fire

Tim Georgeson and Amanda Jane Reynolds

Fri 11 Dec -

Sat 30 Jan

Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) Popup Gallery, 43 Kinghorne St, Nowra

The ACP, with the support of the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, is pleased to present Truth in Fire a project by Tim Georgeson and Amanda Jane Reynolds that responds to the catastrophic bushfires of 2019-20. Filmmaker and photographer Georgeson along with Reynolds, a Guringai artist living on the South Coast, have collaborated with Firesticks Alliance and Indigenous knowledge holders to produce inter-related components, stills, moving image, sound installation and objects, to communicate the complexity and ferocity of this natural disaster.

Image: Tim Georgeson, 'Untitled', from the 'Truth in Fire' series, 2020

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WONDER + DREAD

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 x 23 cm

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Coming up for Breath

Lizzie Buckmaster Dove

Sat 06 Feb -

Sat 06 Mar

Main Gallery

Coming up for Breath is an immersive installation inspired by the daily laps the artist swims in her local sea pool. The work contemplates breath, water and being, manifesting a space separate from the unrelenting narrative of the news cycle, feeding us minute by minute updates of covid, bush fire, flood, political one-upmanship, catastrophe.

Image: Lizzie Buckmaster Dove, 'Coming up for Breath' 2020 (detail), video, silk chiffon, cotton voile, approx 11.3 x 4.5m

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New Horizons

Shoalhaven HSC Art

Sat 06 Feb -

Sat 06 Mar

Foyer, Access and East Galleries

An exhibition showcasing 2020 HSC Visual Arts from across the Shoalhaven, New Horizons presents exciting, innovative and high quality art in diverse mediums.

Image: Amber Wilson, Kiama High School, 'A Seat at the Table', 2020 (detail)

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Sat 13 Mar -

Sat 10 Apr

Main Gallery

Over an illustrious 50-year career John Downton has established himself as a leading artist of the area with his stunning oil paintings, and was awarded the Order of Australia in 2017 in recognition of his valuable contribution to Australian art. This exhibitions celebrates his achievements through a survey of his works depicting landscapes of the Shoalhaven.

Image: John Downton, 'The Season for Rain' (detail), oil on canvas, 40.6 x 61cm

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Memory

Julie Love

Sat 13 Mar -

Sat 10 Apr

Foyer Gallery

An exhibition of small sculptures made from everyday materials, used to create forms which can be subjectively interpreted to explore ideas of memory. Links to the past are formed, new concepts come to mind, the past has more meaning, energy and content.

Image: Julie Love, 'Lament' (detail), bronze, lead, cedar and steel, 23 x 7.5 x 7.5cm

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Nature Re Balancing

Claire Cavanna & Caroline McIntyre

Sat 13 Mar -

Sat 10 Apr

Access Gallery

This exhibition presents a positive view of the recent catastrophic events experienced by our environment. Inspired by the resilience of nature from the effects of fire and impact of COVID19, their works address the emergence of growth through adapting to change.

Image: L: Claire Cavanna, 'Rhythm of the land nature rebalancing: A tenuous grasp', 2020 (detail) R: Caroline McIntyre, 'Deep Water', 2020 (detail)

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Sat 13 Mar -

Sat 10 Apr

East Gallery

Judith Reardon explores the masternarrative of coloniser denial running through the discursive spaces of our society, and the moral choices we make in our daily lives which uphold the narrative. Her work examines the structures of colonialism which continue to deny Aboriginal peoples their rightful place in our shared history, and a voice in managing the land.

Image: Judith Reardon, 'Infinite Traces of History and a Tailwind of Privilege #4' (detail), 2019, hand tinted ink jet print on cotton rag, 60 x 40 cm

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Spaces in Between

Virginia Coventry & Jan King

Sat 17 Apr -

Sat 05 Jun

Main and Foyer Galleries

Spaces in Between explores the world of two of Australia’s most accomplished artists, both of whom have been developing their art over the last 50 years. While both King and Coventry’s art is abstract and at first glance seems very different, they are in fact very close in their approach the art making; both responding to light and space.

Image: L: Jan King, 'Aurelia' (detail), 1999, painted steel, 156 x 40 x 17 cm. R: Virginia Coventry, 'Unbounded No 10' (detail), 1994, lithograph on rag paper, 50 x 37.5 cm. Both Dingle Hughes Collection

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Sat 17 Apr -

Sat 05 Jun

Access Gallery

Shoalhaven Mental Health Fellowship and Shoalhaven Health and Arts present a biennial open art competition that helps to raise awareness of mental health and illness in the Shoalhaven region. The theme for 2021 is ‘Tuning In’ be it to the planet, wildlife, people or things of significance.

Image: 2019 Winning work: Vernon Wright, 'Aboriginal Family Tree'

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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.