Still thinking about how you might want to participate in this year’s River of Art? Well, you have a bit more time to decide. The deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to midnight Saturday 29 May.
And what is an expression of interest, you ask? This gives you an opportunity to participate in the festival. You could be an artist, a performer, musician, or even someone with a shop and you want to contribute to Eurobodalla’s annual festival that celebrates our art in all its forms.
Inclusion in the festival’s program is open and free. All you have to do is put in an expression of interest. You’ll find the form on our website.
The festival, which will run from Friday 17th September to Sunday 26th September, has different categories of events. These include Open Studios, Art on Parade, exhibitions, workshops, musical and theatrical performances, murals and a public art trail, and markets. And if you’re not sure which one suits you, don’t worry. Submit your proposal and we will find a way to fit you in.
Venues are encouraged to host an artist or maker, an exhibition or a performance. Artists and performers are encouraged to hunt down a venue to showcase their work. It could be your own studio.
As the festival’s co-chairs, Di Jay and Vicki Lascelles, explained, “We want to see shop fronts, businesses, club, pubs, mooks, crannies, spaces and places across the region bursting with art, sound, music, dance, performance and fun!”
This year’s program will include a brand new event at Eurobodalla’s Regional Botanic Gardens, which will feature music and the work of Splinters, the local Eurobodalla co-operative group of woodworkers. Across the garden’s front lawns will be an installation of hundreds of crocheted yellow wattle flowers celebrating the region’s resurgence after the fires.
Two very successful COVID-friendly initiatives introduced last year – the mural event, REVIVE, and the online Arts Directory – will again feature as will the long standing popular art prize awarded at the start of the festival. Another much loved event is Open Studios where the region’s artists throw open the doors of their studios up and down the coast to give visitors a glimpse of how their art is created.
A much welcomed return to the River of Art line up will be the wearable art parade, called “Colour my World” by the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artists Group (EFTAG).