2020 River of Art Festival

Festival Dates: Friday to Sunday 18-27 September 2020 (10 days)

Inclusion in the Program is open and free to all artists, makers, performers, musicians and venues in the Eurobodalla shire.

Being part of the Festival gives you:
● Promotion of your work/event to a wide Festival audience (20,000 participants in 2019)
● Your event published on the Festival website (thousands of hits)
● Images of your work/event/venue published on the Festival website
● Social media posts and links to your event from our pages (thousands of hits)
● Listing in our printed program (usually over 12,000 distributed)
● Listing in the new South Coast Arts Directory on our website
● Promotion of the Festival by Destination NSW and Eurobodalla Shire Council
● Promotion of the Festival in local, regional and Canberra-based media including print, radio, online and social
● Promotion in tourism, arts, events and other online listings well beyond the region
● Promotion of the Festival in targeted advertising

Festival Program 

The Festival is non-curated, meaning that we include all events put forward (within reason and at our discretion). We encourage venues to host an artist or maker, an exhibition or a performance. And we encourage artists and performers to hunt down a venue to showcase their work. We want to see shop fronts, businesses, clubs, pubs, nooks, crannies, spaces and places across the region bursting with art, sound, music, dance, performance and fun!

Program categories:
We currently organise the program around the following categories – none of these are for you? Don’t worry, submit your proposal anyway and we will find a way to fit you in!

Art on Parade
Artists collaborate with businesses, shop-fronts and cafes to showcase their work. If you register without a business we will try to find you a partner or if you say you want to host an artist, we will try to find you a partner.  Consider us a virtual dating agency.

Open Studios
Open Studios allow art appreciators to meet directly with artists, see them at work, and purchase works directly from the artist. If you are interested in opening your studio, contact us now!

Exhibitions
If you are an individual artist, part of an arts collective, want to exhibit your work with friends (say in a vacant shop-front) or are a commercial gallery, we will include your current exhibition in our program. This year there will unfortunately be no River of Art Prize competition or exhibition, but it will be back in partnership with SOART in Narooma next year, again with a prize purse of $2,000 or more.

Workshops
Want to run a workshop? Teach silver-smithing, painting, quilt making, or want to teach life drawing in a pub? Sure, let us know what you have in mind. The more the merrier as we want artists and makers to share their skills and you get to decide on the venue, numbers and set your own fees.

Music
Are you a musician with a hankering to play during the Festival or a venue with a gig planned during our dates? You might be a choir, a duo, a solo guitarist or a band. Opera? Chamber Music? Death metal? Well, sure. Let us know and we will list your gig in the program or work with you to find a venue. Or, if you are a venue, come on, host a gig. If you have the perfect location, but no musician, we will help you find one.

Performance
Have a one-person show? A troupe? A play you have been rehearsing to perform? Calling all players and performers and stand up comics to come forward and put your show on the program.

Artists in Conversation
We welcome artists who want to share their work at a talk or in conversation. You might want to host a talk at your current exhibition, at your open studio, hold a morning tea at a local café, in a quiet bar. The choice is yours! You might be a musican, a writer, a poet an artist or an actor. We want to hear about you work.

Public Art Trail
REVIVE, our public art project, will see five murals painted live in 2020.  This will kick start our promotion of public art on offer in the region. Tell us where you are creating a piece of public art and we will add your site into the Public Art Trail to be posted here on our website soon.  Meanwhile, watch out Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma there is soon to be some amazing new murals near you.  Each will celebrate the resilience of our communities in the face of the devastating 2020 bushfires.

Markets
Most of our local markets host makers and creators, so we’ve added markets in to our program. Let us know when yours is on.

Regional Events
Is your event outside the Eurobodalla, but on or near the south coast of NSW? Let us know what you are planning and we will add you to our new regional events section of the program.

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