River of Art is an annual arts festival held on the far South Coast of NSW, in the Eurobodalla shire.

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. The 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 and the Eurobodalla Shire Council.

What events are on during River of Art?

Over the years, the festival format continues to evolve. In 2019, River of Art will present and promote a ten-day program of events from 17 to 27 May 2019.

This year, the festival will include exhibitions, workshops, performances, live music, open studios, and pop-up galleries in local busineses – called ‘Art on Parade’.

The River of Art program will cater to a wide range of interests and artistic formats including visual art, photography, sculpture, dance, music, poetry, storytelling, jewellery making, theatre, film, textiles, craft, comedy,and more spread across the vibrant setting of the Eurobodalla.

Where is River of Art held?

River of Art is made up of events held along the Eurobodalla shire, on the far South Coast of NSW. Activities are hosted from Durras in the north, to Tilba in the south.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways to become involved. River of Art invites local and visiting artists across all art forms to join in. We are especially keen to support Indigenous artists, young artists and performers, and newcomers to the arts.

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.

Art on Parade

This category features artists exhibiting their work in local businesses, shopfronts and cafés, creating a string of unexpected and exciting pop-up galleries in towns and popular spaces across Eurobodalla.
Art on Parade is all about collaboration between artists and businesses, and is great for established and new artists alike.

Host an event or workshop

If you have a wonderful idea you want to share with the community, during the River of Art is the perfect time to do it. Inclusion in the River of Art program can help you promote your event and introduce a new audience to what you have to offer.
Your event can be big or small, as long as it promotes an appreciation of art in the community. Events might include workshops, exhibitions, lectures or talks, performances or other shows, pretty much anything your imagination can conjure.

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 early in 2019. The River of Art Prize is a highly regarded competition, professionally judged by a panel of successful artists.

  • Stay tuned for our call for entries.

Join the organising committee

River of Art is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, with skills across different areas. We are always interested in hearing from new and enthusiastic people who want to get involved and help organise or assist with particular parts of the festival.

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