Discover our wonderful arts and culture! Wander through large exhibitions from international painters. Learn new things with creative talks and workshops. Spend time at our lovely town galleries and get to know some of our amazing local artists. The cooler months are the perfect time to explore the great indoors and venture along this gallery trail. Its also a perfect rainy day option for the entire family! Click to find out more about our vibrant arts and culture scene and download the guide.
Art and culture is here in abundance! Iconic artist Arthur Boyd was so captivated by the gorgeous Shoalhaven landscape that he donated his famous property, Bundanon Trust, to the Australian people. When you visit this special place, you’ll instantly understand why he was so enchanted by these surroundings. The property’s beautiful gardens are picturesquely set alongside the Shoalhaven River.
Take a guided tour of the studio and homestead every Sunday. The gallery plays host to a myriad of fantastic works from other famous Australian artists such as Sir Sidney Nolan, John Perceval and Brett Whiteley. The venue also houses various artist in residence programs in order to support newcomers in their creative ambitions. Many events are held on the lush green grounds at Bundanon throughout the year. Make sure to check out what’s on during your holiday stay.
Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
Located in Nowra, the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery is an artistic hub that hosts some of our best touring collections. With an ever-changing calendar, you’ll discover an assortment of different pieces on show at this excellent gallery all year-round. Exhibitions often last a few weeks and can range from small, community-based artworks to large collections from famous Australian talents. The idea of promoting arts and culture as much as possible within the community is the linchpin of this gallery’s philosophy. In order to foster this, there are always a bunch of different events happening here. These include workshops, talks and kids activities. Before you venture home for the day, make sure to visit the great gift shop. This supports local artisans and allows you to go home with a unique souvenir!
Intimate Shoalhaven Galleries
We have a number of smaller art spaces across the region that provide a more intimate atmosphere. If you’re on the hunt for a new piece for your wall, head to the stunning shores of Callala Bay. Here you will find Callala Gallery. They showcase many local artists’ collections but also host plenty of hands-on creative workshops.
For those interested in photography, ceramics and jewellery, venture down to Huskisson Gallery and Picture Framing and further south in Ulladulla, The Wall Art Projects usually has a new show each month. Opening nights are often accompanied by awesome live music. The nearby Alley Gallery at the Dunn Lewis Centre supports local arts and culture. Proceeds and donations are used for youth workshops and programs. The venue features monthly exhibitions from both local and touring artists.
Quaint, Country Art Spaces
The Precinct Galleries in Berry displays not only paintings but all sorts of different works from contemporary Australian artists. You’ll be able to catch exhibitions filled with furniture, light installations, sculptures, ceramics, mirrors and then some! Located at the Flying Pig Precinct, which is just off the main road, the gallery is set inside a cute, country cottage. It is open Friday through to Monday, with extended hours during the school holidays
A short stroll away is the historic Muir House Gallery. It features original paintings, ceramics, installations and hand made jewellery. You might even be lucky enough to catch their Art and Craft Open Day. It takes place on the fourth Sunday each month.
Smack bang in the middle of the heritage town of Milton is The Millhouse Art Gallery. It is another fine space to check out works by traditional and contemporary local artists. There are four changing exhibitions per year and the Millhouse Art Society also showcases work at the Ulladulla Civic Centre over Easter and Christmas.
Striking Aboriginal Artworks
Shoalhaven has very strong connections to our Indigenous heritage. Our Aboriginal community is doing incredible things in the arts sphere and we encourage visitors to discover our striking Indigenous works. At the Ulladulla Local Aboriginal Land Council, you’ll find Giriwa Garuwanga Art Gallery. There are rotating exhibitions, a variety of art pieces and hand made artisan products for sale. If you’re after a truly unique an Australian souvenir, there are options aplenty with boomerangs, clap sticks, bags, towels and more. A stone’s throw from the glorious white sands of Huskisson, Jervis Bay Maritime Museum has a lovely exhibition space for local creators as well.