River of Art returns for 2024

River of Art Prize Exhibition 2023

20 year celebration!

The River of Art Festival will be back in 2024 to celebrate our vibrant arts scene and stunning beauty of the NSW south coast.

The Festival will extend from Friday 27 September to the October Long Weekend ending Monday 7th October.

River of Art is enjoying its twentieth birthday this year and we salute and celebrate our talented creative arts community – as we always have.

We are not the first people on this beautiful land to celebrate the talent of our local artists, nor will we be the last. We acknowledge the people of the Yuin Nation as the traditional custodians and tens of thousands of years of indigenous art and culture.

This year the Festival will build on the renowned Arts Trail where locals and visitors can celebrate culture, meet local artists in their studios or galleries, or attend workshops to inspire new ideas.

The Festival celebrates all forms of arts – from paintings, drawings, photography, textiles and prints, to music, performance, writing and poetry.

The Arts Trail will be supplemented by special events across the major towns of the coast that will ignite the Festival and connect communities and businesses along with key tourism destinations.

We call upon artists, the community and business to put forward ideas for this year’s festival program by producing creative works or providing a venue or gallery to host events.

Call for entries

We will call for entries on 21 April and the deadline for proposals is mid-July.

Information on the program and submitting an entry is at available by emailing festival@riverofart.com.au.

The River of Art Prize will again be held to attract artists across the south coast and beyond to compete for prize-money. The winners will be announced on 27th September.


Ms Joyce added that funding for the Festival is more stretched than ever and that sponsorship or donations are key to presenting a bold and innovative arts program across the region.

We are reaching out to governments, business and donors to support the Festival through donations or sponsorship. A donation is a meaningful way to support artists in the Eurobodalla and help bring creative arts events to our region. As we are a registered charity, contributions of $2 or more can be claimed as a tax deduction.

The River of Art Festival receives funding and support from the Eurobodalla Shire Council, Australian and NSW Governments, South East Arts and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.


Last year the Festival drew an audience of over 12,500 people and we featured over 420 artists and 130 events over 10 days. It drew both locals as well as visitors and boosted the local economy.

Our review of the 2023 Festival highlighted the importance of community and the vibrance and talent of the creative community.

“We look forward to delivering a program that inspires and celebrates our community,” said Leanne Joyce.


Leanne Joyce –  chair@riverofART.com.au 

MOB: 0424 159 562

22 March 2024