Information for artists wishing to exhibit

Artists, arts organisations and community cultural groups are invited to submit an 'expression of interest' to present exhibitions at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre. Exhibitions may consist of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, installation and 3D works, photography, pottery & ceramics, fabric and textile art, fashion, costume and wearable art, video/multimedia film, cultural heritage and community projects. Individual artists, groups and collaborations are all welcome to apply.

The vision of the Arts Centre is to provide a facility that serves as a vibrant and creative centre for Arts focused activity, development, access and education for the use and enjoyment of the whole Shoalhaven community.

The main aims of the Arts Centre are:

  • To encourage, promote and showcase all levels of artistic and cultural strength, diversity and activity by the arts community of the Shoalhaven.
  • To include a balance of exhibitions and activities that present artistic expression within the Australian art scene and beyond.
  • Through efficient management & marketing, quality educational programs and quality facilities to make the centre sustainable, accessible and enjoyable to residents and visitors alike.

The Main Gallery is used for invited or curated exhibitions, such as Council's Samuel Elyard and City Art Collection, travelling national and regional exhibitions and selected community shows such as The Shoalhaven Art Society Annual Prize and the Creative Moments Craft Guild Exhibition.

There are four (4) spaces within the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre available for hire by individual artists and community groups for the purpose of exhibition - being the East, Access, Foyer and Side Galleries. The Side Gallery is dedicated to digital media and video screenings. In addition, the Nowra School of Arts is available for special exhibitions, such as NAIDOC Week Black Cockatoo Art Prize. The external Courtyard Gallery is available for community art projects by invitation only.

Expressions of interest to exhibit are advertised in June each year.

The Shoalhaven Mental Health Fellowship Open Art Competition

This annual open art competition is to help raise the awareness of mental health and illness in the Shoalhaven with a different theme each year.

You do not need to have a mental illness to enter, and preferably be residing in the Shoalhaven and surrounding regions (see Entry Form Kit for details).

Entry form kits are available from Jon Strang at The Junction or the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre.

This competition is advertised in May each year for entries.

Contact Jon Strang: (02)44215595 or Shoalhaven City Arts Centre: (02)44295444.

Shoalhaven Arts Board Grants

The Shoalhaven City Council's Arts Board Grants program provides an equitable process of access to financial support to individuals, local non-profit and non-government organisations for artistic activities.

Three grants are available as follows:

  • Two (2) grants of up to $5000 each are available for projects that 'Build a sense of place for the Shoalhaven through artistic and creative collaborations':

    New Collaborations for a Sense of Place - Identify the collaborations which will be formed as part of your project. Include group names, extent of the current relationship and the short and long term benefits anticipated for the various partners (applicants are encouraged to involve both Shoalhaven and non- Shoalhaven based partners). Identify how your project reaches audiences and stakeholders outside the Shoalhaven region and contributes to the Shoalhaven being recognised as an arts destination. Applicants are encouraged to consider 'Council's Developing Public Art - Themes and Sense of Place Strategy', and

  • One (1) grant of up to $10,000 is available for:

    Public Art - Sense of Place - Describe the artwork for public art and identify any collaboration that lead towards the creation of the artwork. Applicants are encouraged to consider 'Council's Developing Public Art - Themes and Sense of Place Strategy' when preparing their submission and demonstrate how their proposal aligns with, Council's strategy. It will be necessary also to demonstrate a workable budget including the making and installation phases.

The 2017 Grant round will open mid year. See below for previous examples of guidelines and application forms.

Shoalhaven Arts Awards

The Shoalhaven Art Awards are a chance to recognise and encourage all forms of arts activities: visual, performing and literary artists, community arts and cultural organisations and volunteers in the arts and cultural heritage sector.

Awarded biennially, the Awards are an acknowledgement of the substantial contribution made by individuals and organisations in the arts and cultural heritage sector towards creating a vibrant, generous and learning community in the Shoalhaven region.

The Shoalhaven Arts Awards are offered biennially.

Shoalhaven City Arts Centre links

Lady Denman Museum is now called Jervis Bay Maritime Museum and the new link is

Shoalhaven Arts Society (02) 4422 1794. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at Berry School of Arts, Alexander St, Berry from 1pm.