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Gallery Close Down

Shoalhaven Regional Gallery will be closed to the public from the 9th March 2020 as we install our new air-conditioning system. This work will bring the galleries up to national standard and enhance our opportunities to exhibit works from State and National collections. Many thanks to Create NSW and the Regional Cultural Fund for assisting in funding for this important upgrade.

While the Gallery is closed, we are looking at a range of digital initiatives that will help you to get your art fix while we are unable to offer regular public programs. Keep an eye on our digital platforms to catch collection insights, art tips and kids’ activities.

To keep in touch during this period watch this space, check out our Facebook page, Instagram and our e-news (sign up below)

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Artwork Commission - The TERRA Within

Calling Aboriginal Artists with a connection to the South Coast!

We are commissioning three artworks to exhibit in The TERRA Within - 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.

Thanks to the support of the Gibbon Foundation, $3,500 will be provided to each successful applicant.

EOIs close 9 June, and you can find more information here and submission forms here 



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Call for Submissions - Wonder & Dread

Shoalhaven Regional Gallery is seeking to commission an artwork that responds to the extreme weather events of 2019 / 2020. These events include the devastating bushfires, the floods of February 2020, and in an ancillary capacity, COVID-19. The artwork can respond to the cumulative effect of these extraordinary events that have occurred within rapid succession of each other. The work could also choose to reflect only on the bushfires or flood, and the effect of those events.

The focus of the commissioned artwork is community impact and connection. The work must include the ability for the community to respond, contribute or connect with the work in some way.  Individual and collaborative works are accepted. All art forms are welcome. We will consider gallery works and works suited to the outdoors (or a combination of both).  For further information, go to Wonder & Dread - New Commission and Wonder & Dread - Submission Form.

Submissions close on Friday, 22 May 2020.  For all enquiries please telephone Bronwyn Coulston, Arts & Culture Manager on (02) 4429 5441.


Image: Rosemary Laing, swanfires, John and Kathy’s auto services,2002-04. Image courtesy the artists and Tolarno Galleries. 


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Artwork Commission Awarded

Shoalhaven Regional Gallery is pleased to announce the winner of the major art commission for the upcoming exhibition The Terra Within, is Illawarra based artist Peter Hewitt.   

The Council called out  for expressions of interest to create a major work of art for the exhibition - which is a response to the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s voyage to chart the east coast of Australia, and the impacts of this period on local indigenous communities Six proposals where reviewed by the panel, consisting of Chloe Gibbon (philanthropist), Warwick Keen (exhibition curator) and Bronwyn Coulston (Manager Arts and Culture SCC). The panel were impressed with the variety of responses and the detail and consideration given by the artists to the exhibition and themes.   

Peter Hewitt’s work stood out as a work of scale and ambition that was clearly contemporary while still grounded in a cultural framework.  The panel were impressed with his proposal to reference smoke in the artmaking process.  An element the artist describes as ‘integral to Yuin culture because it helps heal our traumas and it is used in ceremony and it is Country’.  

Warwick Keen, curator, notes that Hewitt’s work ‘has a strong individual style and is very contemporary while still holding land and nature as integral to the art making process’.   

Shoalhaven City Council would like to thank the Gibbon Foundation for providing the funding to support this commission and the acquisition of the work produced for the Shoalhaven City Art Collection.   

The Terra Within exhibition will run from 10th October – 5th December 2020.  While it is hoped the gallery will be open to the public at that time, should public health restrictions still be in place the exhibition will be available through digital platforms. 


Image: Peter Hewitt courtesy University of Wollongong 


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Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery’s Response to COVID-19

Given the current government recommendations, and in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are taking steps to minimise the risks imposed on our community, our artists and our staff. As such we will not be proceeding with planned events including Art After School, Artways on Wednesday, School Holiday art classes or the artist led workshops until the Gallery re-opens.

This decision takes place as of Monday 23rd March. We intend to reschedule the artist led workshops, and will restart our regular weekly classes as soon as possible.

As you will already know, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery is closed for major works. Our scheduled re-opening is the 6th June. We will be undertaking some exciting digital interactions in the coming weeks. Look out for us on Facebook and Instagram as we share insights into our collection and some fun art activities you can do at home.

By exercising these measures, we wish only to contribute to the safety of our community. We look forward to welcoming you back to the galleries and our programs on re-opening and thank you for your understanding.


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SRGN Exhibitions on Tour!

Anna Glynn - Promiscuous Provenance 

Anna Glynn's Promiscuous Provenance will be on display at the following venues:

Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT, 17 January - 1 March 2020

Hahndorf Academy SAMarch 21 - April 26 2020

Swan Hill Regional Gallery VICJuly 17 - August 30 2020

Hawksbury Regional Gallery, NSW, 4 September - 25 October 2020

Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, NSW, 18 December 2020 - 21 March 2021 



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NOW Contemporary Art Prize Winners Announced!

We are delighted to congratulate the winners of NOW Contemporary Art Prize 2019

1st Prize - Sonia Payes ‘Transient information’

Highly Commended - Jenny Pollak ‘Anthropocene’

Curators Choice Award - Jeanette Stok ‘Denature’

Jervis Bay & Basin Members Prize - Kurt Brereton ‘True Map of Currarong No. 14’