2020 River of Art Festival
Festival Dates: Friday to Sunday 18-27 September 2020 (10 days)
Program entries are now being accepted. 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 is FREE and you get:
● Promotion of your work/event to a wide Festival audience (up to 20,000 participants in 2019)
● Your event published on the Festival website (thousands of hits and currently being redeveloped)
● Images of your work/event/venue published on the Festival website
● Social media posts and links to your event from our social media pages (thousands of hits)
● Listing in our printed program (usually 12,000 distributed, but this year we will not be printing)
● Listing in the new South Coast Arts Directory on our website (for artists, makers, performers, musicians)
● 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 of the program in tourism, arts, events and other online listings
● Promotion of the Festival in targeted advertising
Just complete the festival entry form
**Entries now close on Friday 14 August 2020**
The Festival is non-curated, meaning that we will 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 wares. We want to see all the shop fronts, businesses, clubs, pubs, nooks, crannies, spaces and places in the Eurobodalla filled with art, sound, music, dance, performance and fun!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
New this year, we are promoting the public art we have on offer in the region. There is more than you might think!! Know of a secret location where there is a great mosaic on a publicly accessible wall? A piece of street art or a mural? A sculpture or two that might not be well recognized? Let us know and we will add it into our art trail it if is anywhere from Durras to Bermagui.
Most of our local markets host makers and creators, so last year we added markets in to our program. Let us know when yours is on.
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.