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Bow Wow

Shoalhaven HSC artworks

Sat 10 Mar -

Thu 29 Mar

Foyer, Access and East Galleries

Bow Wow is a professional exhibition of selected HSC visual art works from the Shoalhaven region. This exhibition aims to showcase the innovative subject matter and quality work produced by local HSC students. The program is a joint project with Shoalhaven Regional Gallery and the Department of Education and Communities.

Image: Tom Page, St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, 'Lull City'

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Seed to Studio

Kim Grivas

Sat 03 Feb -

Sat 03 Mar

East Gallery



Kim Grivas is a local artist and Arts Educator and as an avid gardener, it is no surprise that she draws her inspiration from nature.
This exhibition focuses on capturing the fresh, humble essence of her subject matter through a direct observation studio practice using oils.


Image: Kim Grivas, Abundance (detail)

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Forest Threads

Linda Balding

Sat 03 Feb -

Sat 03 Mar

Access Gallery

In the exhibition Forest Threads, the printed image, eco dyeing, textural surfaces and embellishment are the threads that merge in the creation of textile art. Linda Balding works with the tactile nature of fabrics, the clarity of print and the variety of dyed hues, natural and synthetic, to highlight the beauty of the bushland environment.

Image: Linda Balding, Forest Understory

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Nuances of Life

Gitte Backhausen

Sat 03 Feb -

Sat 03 Mar

Foyer Gallery

Through assemblage and mixed media artworks, Gitte Backhausen invites you to explore the nuances of life - with kindness, humour and a bit of attitude.

Image: Gitte Backhausen, 'Bobby Brush-Head - On a Good Day' assemblage (detail)

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Iconic Australian Houses

A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums by Karen McCartney

Sat 03 Feb -

Thu 29 Mar

Main and Side Galleries

Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney and presented in partnership with Architecture Foundation Australia is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years.

Image: The Rosenberg House, architect Neville Gruzman. Photograph c. Michael Wee

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Sat 20 Jan -

Sat 27 Jan

Foyer, East and Access Galleries

Artist Margaret Dredge, an accomplished abstractionist, embarked on her career in the late 1950s. This exhibition focuses on works on paper; etchings produced in the early 1980's and acrylic paintings from the mid 1990's. The works have lain in storage in the artist's studio since being produced and except for 3 etchings are exhibited here for the first time.

Image: Margaret Dredge, Stone the Crows, 1996, acrylic on paper, 76 x 56cm

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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An annual open art competition that helps to raise awareness of mental health and illness in the Shoalhaven region. The prize celebrates Schizophrenia Awareness Week and entries are encouraged to have a positive theme reflective of recovery and personal growth.

Image: Barac’s 2016 winning entry ‘On The Top of the World'.

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Sea of Waste

Community Exhibition

Sat 15 Jul -

Sat 02 Sep

East Gallery

‘Sea of Waste’ is a public art project celebrating the beauty of our coastal and marine environment, whilst raising awareness of the impact waste has on our precious natural surrounds.

Image: Kurt Brereton, 'Coral Swimming', oil and embroidery on linen, 40 x 60cm, 2016

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Sat 15 Jul -

Sat 02 Sep

Main & Foyer Galleries

In this series of portraits, professional photographer Gary Grealy captures some of the most unique characters of Australia’s art world. Inhabited by the talented, strong, generous and at times eccentric art patrons, gallery directors, art lovers and artists, this world is portrayed as a carefully constructed and realised universe with film noir overtones.

Image: Gary Grealy, ‘Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay’.