Welcome to the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre
John Saunders

John Saunders Valley Fog Mt Victoria 2014 oil on canvas 40.5 x 59.5cm © courtesy the artist


February 2015

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Shoalhaven City Arts Centre

The Shoalhaven City Arts Centre is a vibrant and creative arts centre located in Nowra NSW. Its facilities include four exhibition galleries, a gallery shop, and conference and workshop rooms.

The Shoalhaven Arts Centre is launching new exhibitions from Saturday 24th January and continues the exhibition of works from the Shoalhaven Correctional Centre which are on display in our Courtyard.

A new by local artist Warwick Keen will be on exhibit from 24th January - 23 February together with our current the exhibitions include works by Elisabeth Cummings titled Landscapes and Interiors.

Landscapes and Interiors is a rare opportunity to see works by one of Australia's foremost artists drawn from private collection and kindly on loan for this exhibition. Our Curator, Max Dingle has worked closely with Randi Linnegar, Director at Kings Street Gallery on William to produce this exhibition. A catalogue ($9.95) has been published to accompany the show which continues until 21 Feb 2015.

Our new exhibition Back to Burra Bee Dee by Warwick Keen visually portrays the history and development of a 'parcel of land' that in 1892 was bequeathed by the Governor of NSW Victor Child Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey to Mary Jane Cain as a representative of the Aboriginal people living in and around the township of Coonabarabran in western New South Wales.

Warwick Keen is a Kamilaroi artist and TAFE teacher now based in the Shoalhaven area. Warwick's work has been featured in all of the NSW Parliament Aboriginal Prize exhibitions and he was awarded the UNSW Art Design Aboriginal Artist residency in 2013. This new body of work was produced there in 2014.

In keeping with our support for local artists in the community a new project between the Shoalhaven Correctional Facility featuring ten work created by inmates continues. A series of large panels were each worked on in the Correctional Facility before being transferred to the Arts Centre where they are on display as the first of our new Courtyard Panel Project which was officially launched by Tanya Bennett (Senior Correctional Educational Officer, South Coast Correctional Centre) and continues until March next year.

We also have an exhibition of works produced by children at ARTheads after school workshops in the Side Gallery.

Shoalhaven City Council