What is River of Art?

River of Art is an annual 10-day arts festival held on the far South Coast of NSW.

Now in its 12th year, River of Art is a major drawcard event for the Eurobodalla and is recognised as a diverse and eclectic festival of community events and art forms. River of Art is proudly supported by Destination NSW and local businesses in the Eurobodalla region.

River of Art is where creative and visual arts combine to provide a diverse program at over 100 different venues from Durras in the north to Bermagui in the south.

River of Art has won three regional South Coast Tourism Awards, being awarded Gold in 2015 and Silver in 2014 and 2016.

What events are on during River of Art?

You can get an idea of the types of events we held at this year’s festival (19-28 May) right here on our website under As It Happened. The River of Art Facebook page also provides up-to-date program details and changes.

Where is River of Art held?

River of Art extends the breadth of the far South Coast of NSW, known as the Eurobodalla – from Durras in the North to Bermagui in the South. For the May 2017 festival, over 130 different venues hosted events throughout the Eurobodalla.

When does River of Art open and close?

You will be able to enjoy and experience River of Art across 10-days and nights during May each year and extending across two weekends. Please keep in mind that the festival’s busiest days are expected to be each of the two weekends, but that does not mean there is little to do during the week.

What happens if it rains?

The event will operate rain, hail or shine. We recommend keeping up to date via our Facebook page in case there are any changes to specific event times.

Do I need to book or purchase tickets to see River of Art?

River of Art is a largely free festival with the majority of the events and activities free-of-charge.  You can purchase tickets for specific events on the website as they become available each year or check the program for details of how to get tickets for specific events not ticketed through our site.

You can also keep up-to-date with everything River of Art through our River of Art Facebook page.

Where is the best place to stay during River of Art?

The Eurobodalla has a wonderful range of accommodation available from budget through to 5-star. To be close to the action we would recommend you stay in either Batemans Bay, Moruya or Narooma.

Destination NSW’s websites: www.visitnsw.com contain a wealth of information for you to choose your accommodation, and to find out what else is on offer in the region for you to enjoy during your visit. The areas Visitor Information Centres can also assist you with accommodation options at http://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/living-in/about/tourism/visitor-information-centres.

Lost items during River of Art

If you have lost something around Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma, Tilba or Bermagui during River of Art, call or visit either one of the local Police Stations. If you have lost something at another area or venue, River of Art suggests you call or visit the local police station in that area or the venue you were visiting.

What measures have been put in place for lost children?

While no specific measures have been put in place for lost children, we recommend it is a good idea to give your child a card with your contact details on it or write a contact number on your child’s arm. River of Art volunteers will contact parents wherever possible or the Police if necessary.


Are there any traffic restrictions during River of Art?

Due to the spread of events throughout the Eurobodalla, we do not envisage any traffic restrictions or traffic issues associated with the festival’s events.

How do I get to River of Art?

You can drive directly to the River of Art events and venues and in most cases park for free. There is public transport in and between the regional centres and information about public transport in and around these towns is available from either the Batemans Bay or Narooma Visitor Information Centres – http://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/living-in/about/tourism/visitor-information-centres.

Can I park near River of Art?

In pretty much every case, you’ll be able to park very close to all the festival events and activities.

What will the crowds be like?

Generally the crowds are manageable and well behaved. There are a few show-stopper ticketed events that have always attracted large numbers, but most venues adequately accommodate these numbers.


How do I provide feedback?

The River of Art team welcome your constructive feedback. To do so, email us at riverofartinc@gmail.com or provide your feedback on the River of Art website at www.riverofart.com.au and by clicking on the Feedback button.

How can my business become involved in River of Art?

If you are interested in becoming involved with River of Art in the future, please contact our Chairperson, Sue Barford on 0439 322 431.

As an artist how can I exhibit at River of Art?

You can register your interest in being involved through the EOI application process for 2018 when it reopens later this year. So, keep an eye out on the www.riverofart.com.au website for further information.