The 2023 River of Art Festival featured performances, workshops, open studios, art exhibitions and a spectacular closing event – Luminous: Celebrating Place from 15 to 24 September 2023. 

Luminous featured the dazzling ‘Lanterns from Waste’ installations produced in partnership with Repurposing for Resilience Eurobodalla. Audiences were also delighted with the Plastic Fantastic Troupe, the EFTAG ‘Landmarks’ exhibition, art projections, the Bioluminescence project, Guru Dudu silent disco and two stages featuring great interstate and local bands.

The River of Art Prize drew strong entries and the prize and people’s choice was won by crowd favourite and local art teacher Bessie Nunes. There were 35 exhibitions with highlights including Homage to Home and Place at the BAS in Moruya, Capture at the Narooma Gallery, Familiar at the Mechanics Institute in Moruya, and Crevices in Durras.

We had the highest number of workshops in the festival program, with local artists offering a wide array of experiences from basketry to jewellery to paint and sip workshops. The majority of workshops sold out in advance and were held in private studios, local businesses and council venues.

A huge shoutout and thanks to all the creative artists who contribute so much to the Festival. It’s a privilege to celebrate their work.

Key Outcomes Study

The outcomes study this year shows that the Festival is a key generator of visitor expenditure and provides extended social impact for the local community. Patrons also believe that the event is important for visitation, but also for its opportunities for local artists, and expression of cultural values.
The Festival drew approximately 10,000 people over the nine days and showed a total spend across the Eurobodalla of $11.2million thereby providing substantial economic and social benefits.

See the Key Outcomes Report below for key figures and feedback.