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 Destination NSW, the Eurobodalla Shire Council, regional Chambers of Commerce and local businesses.

What events are on during River of Art?

Now entering its twelfth year, the festival format continues to evolve. In 2018, River of Art will present and promote a four-day program of events from 17 to 20 May 2018. River of Art will also promote fringe events such as exhibitions, Art on Parade and workshops in the surrounding weeks.

The 2017 festival included more than 130 activities. You can get an idea of the types of events we held at the 2017 festival on our River of Art Facebook page .

Where is River of Art held?

River of Art extends the along the far South Coast of NSW – known as the Eurobodalla – with activities from Durras in the north to Tilba in the south.

In 2018, River of Art will host Creative Hubs in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma during the festival. These will be gathering places for conversations, creativity and collaboration along the River of Art Trail. The Creative Hubs will be located at the Eurobodalla Botanic Garden in Batemans Bay, the Air Raid Tavern in Moruya, and Club Narooma in Narooma.

How can I 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.

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 to purchase works directly. Apply now – applications close 7 February 2018.

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. Apply now – applications close 7 February 2018.

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 available in February 2018.

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 available from 14 February 2018.