About River of Art
River of Art is an annual arts festival held on the far South Coast of NSW.
The festival is driven by the region’s thriving creative community and showcases the talents of local and visiting artists and performers across many art forms. River of Art provides a platform for our regional artists to reach out and connect with new audiences and opportunities.
The festival is recognised as a major tourism drawcard 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 events are on during River of Art?
Now entering its thirteenth year, the festival continues to evolve. In 2018, River of Art will present and promote a big weekend of events from 17 to 20 May 2018.
The River of Art Trail continues to light up the South Coast through late May with studios and galleries open from Durras to Bermagui. All up, there are around 100 activities on offer.
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.
For the first time in 2018, three arts and information hubs will be open throughout the festival – located at the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens just south of Batemans Bay, the Air Raid Tavern in Moruya, and Club Narooma.
These will be gathering places for conversations, creativity and collaboration along the River of Art Trail.
How can artists become involved?
There are many ways to become involved. River of Art invites local and visiting artists across all art forms to apply including, but not limited to, live music, theatre, film, textiles, visual arts and crafts, literature, performance, poetry, storytelling, as well as community and cultural celebrations. We are especially keen to support Indigenous artists and young artists and performers.
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 to purchase works directly.
Art on Parade
This category features artists exhibiting their work in local businesses, shopfronts and cafes. Art on Parade is all about collaboration between artists and businesses.
River of Art 2018 Art Prize
Presented in partnership with Narooma-based art organisation SoART, entry forms for the River of Art Prize will be available from 29 January 2018. The River of Art Prize is a highly regarded competition, professionally judged by a panel of successful artists. Further details and entry forms now available.
Land of Many Waters Exhibition
For the first time in 2018, the festival will invite artists to submit works that explore River of Art’s theme: Land of Many Waters. For this initiative, River of Art has partnered with regional arts organisations to curate artworks that will be displayed at our creative hubs across the region. Further details and entry forms now available.