Be part of the festival

There are many ways to be part of the River of Art festival.

For the 2019 festival:

  • entries are now open for the River of Art Prize
  • registrations for Open Studios closed on 1 February 2019
  • registrations to host an event or show your Art on Parade at a local business closed on 1 February 2019
  • you can join the organising committee by contacting, many hands make light work!

The 2019 Festival will open on Friday 17 May and close on Monday 27 May, coinciding with the Reconciliation Day long-weekend in Canberra. If you’ve missed the deadline for your favourite this year, get in touch with us and we can keep you posted for the 2020 festival.

Entries now open for the River of Art 2019 Art Prize

We invite artists to apply for the River of Art 2019 Art Prize, which recognises exciting creators in the region across a range of mediums.

A first prize of $2,000 will be awarded to the artist of the winning work, the runner up will be awarded $250 and the artwork most highly commended will be awarded $100.

Entries close Saturday 20 April 2019 at midnight.

To enter:

Open Studios

Open Studios is a festival highlight, with artists opening their creative spaces to the public. An Open Studio is a unique opportunity for arts patrons to meet with artists and see them at work, and for artists to share their work with a new audience, and sell pieces directly.

Open Studios will once again be included in the River of Art program, coordinated by Eurobodalla Council’s Arts and Culture team.

  • Registrations for the Open Studios program closed on Friday 1 February 2019.

Hosting a River of Art event

Individuals and arts organisations create and host their own exhibitions, workshops, performances or other special events as part of the 2019 River of Art Festival program.

Events can be large or small, and offer many ways for festival attendees to get involved and celebrate local artists and enjoy the creative opportunities Eurobodalla has to offer.

Art on Parade in a pop-up gallery at a local business

Art on Parade is what we call it when artists and local businesses collaborate to show creative works in shopfronts and cafés. Art on Parade creates a series of pop-up galleries all across the region, inviting shoppers and visitors to explore and discover art in a fun, unexpected venues.

Benefits of inclusion in the River of Art program

As always, the River of Art 2019 festival will showcase the diverse talents of local and visiting artists and performers.

Many events will be held on the two weekends bookending the Festival, and the Art Trail – featuring Open Studios and Art on Parade all over the far south coast – will run for the entire duration of the festival.

Those joining in the 2019 River of Art festival will:

  • be part of an award-winning festival supported by Destination NSW and Eurobodalla Shire Council, with growing recognition and attendance
  • have their event listed in the festival’s print and web programs
  • get copies of the festival print program for distribution to their network and audiences
  • receive active promotion through local and Canberra-based media outlets, social media, and targeted advertising
  • be able to use of the River of Art logo on marketing collateral promoting their events.