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


New Horizons

Shoalhaven HSC Art

Sat 15 Feb -

Sat 07 Mar

Foyer, Access and East Galleries

An exhibition showcasing 2019 HSC Visual Arts from across the Shoalhaven. NEW HORIZONS present; 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 Christian School, Nowra High School, Shoalhaven High School, St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Ulladulla High School and Vincentia High School.

Image: Lara Jamieson, St Johns Catholic High School, Monachopsis (detail)



Rob Howe, Kevin McKay, Lucy O’Doherty, Zuza Zochowski

Sat 15 Feb -

Sat 07 Mar

Main Gallery

In this exhibition four artists come together to explore what the Great Australian Dream looks like through different eyes. From urban scapes with industrial and commercial buildings, to idiosyncratic depictions of post war architecture and suburban streetscapes that could be anywhere. As they reflect on their own experience of home, community and place, these works reflect back to the viewer our own nostalgia, formed through popular culture and personal experience.

Image: Lucy O'Doherty, ‘TV glow (fire on the news)’

Future Exhibitions


Mon 09 Mar -

Fri 05 Jun

All Galleries

Shoalhaven Regional Gallery will be closed to the public from 9 March as we install our new air-conditioning system.


Shaken II

Bernard McGrath

Sat 06 Jun -

Sat 01 Aug

Access and East Gallery

Bernard McGrath discovered a passion for painting after undergoing deep brain stimulation to alleviate his Parkinson’s symptoms. Previously a real estate agent, he now works compulsively in a range of Abstract Expressionist styles.

Image: Bernard McGrath


An Unending Shadow

Ann and Sophie Cape

Tue 09 Jun -

Sat 01 Aug

Main and Foyer Gallery

An Unending Shadow is an exhibition of artworks by prominent Australian mother and daughter artists, Ann and Sophie Cape. Together they have made new artworks in response to their shared experiences of having a relative living with dementia and its impact on their day-to-day lives and artistic practices.

Image: Ann and Sophie Cape


Shoalhaven Art Society

55th Annual Open Art Competition

Sat 08 Aug -

Sat 05 Sep

Foyer, Access and East 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: 2019 winner Kim Grivas


Creative Moments

Shoalhaven Woodcraft Society, Nowra Spinners & Weavers and Shoalhaven Potters

Sat 12 Sep -

Sat 03 Oct

Foyer, Access and 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: 2019 Installation