Moonlit Scene Grotto setting
Samuel Elyard



March 2015 exhibitions

South Coast Correctional Centre Inmates
Multicultural - Collaboration between an African inmate and two Aboriginal artists (one of 10 panels)
South Coast Correctional Centre Inmates

15th Nov > 28th Mar

The South Coast Correctional Centre commenced operation in 2010 catering primarily to inmates from the South Coast, between Helensburgh and the Victorian border. Inmates are encouraged to develop increased levels of self-responsibility and to improve motivation to participate in offence-related, transitional and resettlement programs. Opportunities are provided for their participation in education, work, vocational training and programs.

Signalling the beginning of ongoing collaborations between South Coast Correctional Centre and Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, you are invited to the first exhibition of panel artworks lining the walls of the gallery courtyard. Each panel showcases works from inmates at the centre in South Nowra under the education program. The Courtyard Gallery exhibition is a hint of what is to come in 2015. We thank all participating inmates and invite family, friends and visitors to enjoy the artworks while sitting in the Art Centre Courtyard during the summer months. The Shoalhaven City Arts Centre acknowledges the involvement of Tanya Bennett and Randall Sinnamon in bringing this project to the public.

See the opening talk and take the tour of the Courtyard Panel Project - South Coast Correctional Centre Inmates.

Jacques Callot
Jacques Callot, 1592 – 1635 Man in Military Costume, etching, 1624 Daniel Gift Albury City Collection. Image courtesy Albury City
Jacques Callot

28th Feb > 2nd May
Main Gallery

Jacques Callot was one of the great artists of 17th Century Europe and the one most responsible for turning the technique of etching into an art. Callot was born in 1592 in Nancy, the capital of the duchy of Lorraine, then an independent republican state bordering on France. Defying his father and proving the validity of art as a career, in 1608, at age 16, he left his hometown for what is now Italy, with a group of gypsies. He spent the next 12 years mastering his artistic skills.

Callot was one of the very first artists to become an exclusively graphic artist with no known paintings attributed to him. While in Rome he studied for a short time with Antonio Tempesta, an Italian painter and engraver, before becoming an assistant to Philippe Thomassin; also an engraver and writer. Callot went on to become his own master under the patronage of the powerful Medici family which contributed to his celebrity-like status.

In 1621, following the death of his patron Cosimo II de' Medici, he returned to Nancy. On his return, Callot was commissioned to create prints for the courts of Lorraine, France and Spain, and for publishers in Paris. The subjects of his engravings ranged from everyday scenes from real life, such as beggars, drunks and gypsies, to topics of historical significance such as court scenes, religious depictions and soldiers.

The most famous of Callot's works, however, are his depictions of war and suffering. The Miseries and Misfortunes of War, published in 1633, contained two series of Callot's prints depicting the invasion of his republican homeland of Lorraine by the French monarch. Jacques Callot died on 24 March 1635, at the age of 43. His artworks are known to have influenced Francisco Goya in terms both of printmaking technique and themes. Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn was also known as an avid collector of his work. Drawn from the AlburyCity collection, this suite of etchings were collected by the foremost authority on Jacques Callot, Howard Daniel, who gifted the work to the Albury Art Gallery in the 1990's. The exhibition contains over 50 works from all his major series including the Miseries of War, Commedia dell'Arte and the Medici Landscapes and runs until 2 May 2015.

Peter Swan & James Swan
Peter Swan. Sunday Outing 2012. Dry point on copper plate – Hand printed on 150gsm quality printing paper using Heidelberg blue black ink. Ed. 2/15 120 x 180cm
Peter Swan & James Swan

28th Feb > 28th Mar
Foyer Gallery

First Impressions displays a range of works from a first time artist and print maker, Peter Swan. Experimentation is evident across the various works. Dry point, hard and soft ground etching along with an entirely new method of intaglio print making, sand blast etching has been used in the works displayed. The subject matter is as varied as the techniques used to create them, from sailing ships aground to horses moving guns in WW1 France and bushfire devastation to a scene of the Shoalhaven River.


James Swan has a passion for mechanical devices, especially engines. As a self-taught machinist, his exploration of mechanical devices and their intricate workings led to the making of miniature reproductions. Never satisfied with simply copying what others have made, James adds additional elements to his machines shaping them into kinetic works of art. A mechanical art form mechart, both beautiful and functional.


John Saunders & Michael Purdy
John Saunders Valley Fog Mt Victoria 2014 oil on canvas 40.5 x 59.5cm © courtesy the artist
John Saunders & Michael Purdy

28th Feb > 28th Mar
Access Gallery

This exhibition is about two different views of visual art. 2D paintings allied with 3D sculptures, John Saunders paintings, with son in law Michael Purdy's 3D sculptures.


John Saunders commenced painting after seeing a reproduction of Van Gogh's Chair while on a bus to Avalon when he was 14 years old. He eventually enrolled in a fine art course at Wollongong TAFE in his mid-sixties and has painted furiously ever since. John considers painting a creative need. His work focuses on the Australian landscape, influenced by his love of historical and pre historical art.



Michael Purdy studied landscape architecture at UNSW Sydney but learned his practical skills building sandstone-based landscapes for the Sydney market. Years of experimentation have allowed him to make sandstone appear to do things that it isn't meant to do. Exploration of the resulting possibilities has led to four awards at Bondi Sculpture by the Sea and many interesting commercial projects.


John Downton
John Downton Family of Gums, Flinders Ranges, South Australia Oil on canvas 120 x 152cm © courtesy the artist
John Downton

28th Feb > 28th Mar
East Gallery

Starting late in the world of art (1973), John Downton went with five teachers so as not to become a clone. All of them influenced his art, however, George Duncan and Leonard Long OAM made him a professional. He has lived in the Shoalhaven area mostly since he was eight years old and greatly admires our world-class scenery. He has won countless prizes, citations, medals and awards from around the world. John became a Navy artist, visiting East Timor in 2000 and is represented in Royal, corporate, museum and private collections globally. He says The learning continues.

Colin Talbot The Lifeblood of Tallowa Dam 2014 © courtesy the artist

28th Feb > 28th Mar
Side Gallery

Shoalhaven Water proudly supports National Water Week with an Annual Photographic Competition and 2014 proved to be very popular with over 130 entries being submitted. The theme set for the competition was ‘Water Sources – there are more than you think'.