About River of Art

River of Art is an annual arts festival held on the NSW far South Coast.

Eurobodalla and its surrounds boast a thriving creative community. The River of Art festival aims to:

  • showcase the talents of local and visiting artists and performers across many art forms
  • provide a platform for regional artists to reach out and connect with new audiences and opportunities.

The festival is recognised as a major tourism and flagship regional event. It attracts growing audiences and media interest, and has won three South Coast Regional Tourism awards.

River of Art is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW, Regional Arts NSW and Create NSW. Support is also received from the Eurobodalla Shire Council and local businesses.

What’s on during River of Art?

Now entering its fourteenth year, the festival continues to evolve.

In 2019, River of Art will promote around 100 events showcasing local arts and performance in a ten day festival from 17 to 27 May 2019.

Events include:

  • workshops, lectures, and artist talks
  • creators’ market
  • musical, theatre, poetry, comedy and other performances
  • exhibitions, shows and sales from local groups and individuals
  • open studios – where artists open their workspaces to visitors
  • art on parade – where local businesses show works from local artists in pop-up galleries in Eurobodalla shopfronts
  • the River of Art 2019 Art Prize – entries open early 2019 and winners announced at the official opening of the festival

We call our collection of events the River of Art Trail, which will light up the South Coast with creative energy from Durras to Bermagui.

Where is River of Art held?

River of Art extends the along the far South Coast of NSW, presenting 100 activities from Durras in the north to Bermagui in the south. Some events are open over the whole festival, and some are one-off performances.

Locations include local exhibition spaces, galleries, shopfronts, artists’ own studios, and the occasional outdoor venue.

We will release our program around Easter 2019 in print, here on our website, and through our facebook and instagram pages.

How can artists get involved?

River of Art invites local and visiting artists across all art forms to get involved in the festival.

If you want to share live music, theatre, film, textiles, visual arts and crafts, literature, performance, poetry, storytelling, or a cultural celebration, then this is for you.

We invite artists and performers of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and levels of experience to be part of this community festival.

Join the committee

The River of Art festival committee is made up of volunteers who are passionate about supporting local creative arts.

The more the merrier! We have a mix of backgrounds and interests represented on the committee, and we’d love to add more perspectives to help us organise and sort out all the behind-the-scenes details.

If you’d like to help out or share an idea, email riverofartinc@gmail.com and introduce yourself!

Open Studios

Presented each year in partnership with the Eurobodalla Shire Council, this festival-favourite invites visitors to go behind the scenes and discover working studios across the region.

It provides unique opportunities for arts patrons to meet with creative artists, and for the creators to show their work directly from their creative space and sell works directly.

Host an event

Got a great idea? We’d love to hear about it.

Individuals and arts organisations are invited to create and host their own exhibition, workshop, performance or other special event as part of the River of Art festival program.

Art on Parade

We are all about collaboration between artists and businesses. Art on Parade features artists exhibiting their work in local businesses, shopfronts and cafes, creating a vibrant string of pop-up galleries up and down Eurobodalla townships.

Get talking with your favourite business, decide on your dates together, and let us know!

River of Art 2019 Art Prize

Presented in partnership with Narooma-based art organisation SoART, the River of Art Prize is a highly regarded competition, professionally judged by a panel of successful artists.