Shoalhaven River near Terara
Samuel Elyard

Arts Board Grants 2016-2017

The Shoalhaven Arts Board is encouraging local art practitioners to apply for funding under the Board's Annual Grant funding program. The first category is Developing the Arts for a sense of place with two (2) grants of up to $5000 each. The Board envisages projects that build a sense of place for the Shoalhaven through artistic and creative collaborations.

The second category offers funding opportunity for projects that seek to create and install public art throughout the city with a grant available under this category of up to $10,000.

Three (3) workshops for artists and organisations interested in applying for the grants will be held in three different locations (Bay & Basin; Ulladulla and Nowra) with attendance at one of these workshops a condition of the grant. Details of the workshops are on the application form. Forms and guidelines are available from Shoalhaven City Arts Centre with applications closing on Friday, 28 October 2016. Alternatively download here Shoalhaven Arts Grant 2016-2017 Application Form;   Shoalhaven Arts Grant 2016-2017 Guidelines.  For more information please call the Arts Centre on (02) 4429 5444.


COUTYARD PANELS - It Starts With Us - TAFE Bomaderry Visual Arts

Patricia Pittman 2014 acrylic on particle board 235 x 86cm © courtesy of the artist

“Set amongst the iconography of the hand as it relates to aboriginal culture; incorporating artwork from the Youth Week 2015 promotional material; embedding words collected during youth surveys - this is a celebration of youth and its wonderful complexity.”

Directed by the theme for Youth Week 2015 - It Starts with Us - the panels have been designed and implemented by TAFE Bomaderry Visual Arts students in collaboration with local youth. The designs were created in response to interviews with youth by TAFE Bomaderry artists. Interactive artwork involving QR codes and blackboard paint call for young people to complete the artwork by adding comment and drawing directly onto the surface. A partnered event for Youth Week 2015 between councils Community Development Unit, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and TAFE Bomaderry.

18 April – 4 July 2015

2015 NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Submissions close 5pm (AEDT Sydney) Thursday, June 11.
The NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships are offered by the State Government to support young artists from regional NSW to undertake a self-directed professional development program or project in their chosen field. In 2015, 25 Young Regional Artist Scholarships will be offered.
Scholarship recipients will be awarded $10,000. The scholarships are open to artists and performers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and the visual arts.
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Shoalhaven Mental Health Fellowship Open Art Competition 2015

Theme: “Being Unique”

An open art competition to help raise the awareness of mental health and illness in the Shoalhaven region - with this year’s theme - “Being Unique”. You do not need to have a mental illness to enter, and preferably be residing in the Shoalhaven and surrounding regions (See Entry Form Kit for details).

Entry form kits available:
Jon Strang: (02)44215595 or
Shoalhaven City Arts Centre & Regional Gallery
12 Berry Street, Nowra NSW 2541
(02)4429 5444
Exhibition dates: Saturday 11th July – Saturday 8th August 2015
Delivery of Entries on: Thursday 2nd July 2015 – ONLY 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Launch and Awards Ceremony: Saturday 11th July, 2015, 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm Shoalhaven City Arts Centre & Regional Gallery
12 Berry Street, Nowra NSW 2541

Recent Events at the Arts Centre and the Shoalhaven Arts Awards

Jim Birkett, President of ADFAS at the opening of the BOW WOW exhibition in April

Madelene McGuinness pictured with her HSC major work "Samsara" 2014 at the opening of the BOW WOW! exhibition on Saturday 4 April 2015

Molly Stubbs pictured with her HSC major work "Speculum Soma" 2014 at the opening of the BOW WOW! exhibition on Saturday 4 April 2015

One the participants displaying his wares at the skills market for Youth Week 2015

Artist Emily Duncan with Councillor Patricia White at the opening of It Starts With Us exhibition for Youth Week 2015

YOUTH WEEK 2015 A facilitated 3D chalk art youth workshop with renowned artist Rudy Kistler
Elizabeth Elder at the opening of her exhibition Journey of Discovery at the Arts Centre in April