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Arts in the Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven City Arts Centre is a regional art gallery located in central Nowra at 12 Berry Street, Nowra -next door to Shoalhaven Library and opposite Nowra School of Arts. This art space presents art, education, cultural and community events and activities on a regular basis for the enjoyment of the entire community.

Facilities include four exhibition galleries, courtyard gallery, meeting room/community gallery, retail shop, four ShoalHub hotdesks (I hr, half or full day hire), Four Walls sound space and recording booths, dedicated art studio, elegant courtyard and a catering area for functions.

The exhibition program features incoming touring exhibitions, curated exhibitions by leading Australian and Shoalhaven artists, as well as community based organisations and works from the Shoalhaven City Art Collection.

Exhibitions are changed approximately every eight weeks in the Main, East, Access and Foyer Galleries. The Side Gallery displays works from the Shoalhaven City Art Collection or community exhibitions by arrangement. The Courtyard Gallery consists of ten panels for community artwork surrounding the internal courtyard and changes every four months.

The Shoalhaven City Arts Centre was developed and refurbished in 2003 by Shoalhaven City Council with funding support from NSW Ministry of the Arts and the Australian Government Regional Partnerships Program.The Shoalhaven City Arts Centre is a member of the Regional & Public Galleries Association of NSW and is registered with the Cultural Gifts Program of the Australian Government.

Shoalhaven City Arts Centre is located in central Nowra at 12 Berry Street, Nowra - next door to Shoalhaven Library and opposite Nowra School of Arts

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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.

Meeting Room / Side Gallery

  • Capacity approx. 40 people
  • 10+ tables available depending on your needs
  • Room can be configured to your needs
  • White board
  • Overhead projection screen & data projector
  • Air conditioning
  • Adjacent kitchen
  • Lectern (on request)

Meeting Room Hire Fees

Category 1
Non-profit organisation or Arts practitioner
Per Hour
Half Day (4 hours)
Full Day (8 hours)
Category 2
Commercial / Business
Per Hour
Half Day (4 hours)
Full Day (8 hours)

Gallery Hire

  • Suitable for cocktail or corporate launches, subject to exhibition program
  • Lectern and microphone available (on request)
  • All works hung by trained professional installation team
  • Climate controlled space
  • All exhibitions marketed & distributed amongst Art Centre & Council's networks

If you are an artist interested in having an exhibition at Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, please fill out the Expression of Interest to Exhibit form. Please contact the Arts Centre for EOI form for 2017.


ShoalHub is Nowra's first flexible co-working space & hot desk facility that provides a creative & professional environment to inspire both local & visiting business people & entrepreneurs.

Whether you are a freelance consultant who needs a temporary office for the day, or a group of co-workers that need an offsite venue for creative thinking, ShoalHub has it covered.

ShoalHub is centrally located, quiet & private place at Shoalhaven City Arts Centre with room to move from a hot desk, to host a workshop or event, or conduct one-on-one meetings.

ShoalHub is a unique creative environment for business professionals to ensure idea generation and innovation within a culturally inspiring setting. It could ignite your next big idea.

ShoalHub encourages people to take advantage of an environment that promotes co-working for mutually benefit outcomes, as well as networking opportunities for local business people.

ShoalHub Hotdesk (Level 1) Fees & Opening Hours

Non-profit organisation or Arts practitioner rates:

Per Hour
Half Day (4 hours)
Full Day (8 hours)
Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 10 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am - 5 pm
Other times by arrangement

Commercial/business rates:

Per Hour
Half Day (4 hours)
Full Day (8 hours)
Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 10 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am - 5 pm
Other times by arrangement

Four Walls: Sound & Recording Space

Four Walls is a dedicated sound space within the Art Centre building. This venue can be used for anything, from band practice through to your audio recording needs.

  • Music & sound recording booth hire
  • Band practice
  • Sound capturing
  • Air conditioning
  • Limited equipment available - contact Shoalhaven City Arts Centre for further information
  • Suitable for medium volume recording
  • The venue has been acoustically treated walls & ceiling

Soundbooth Hire Fees

Category 1
Non-profit organisation or Arts practitioner
Per Hour
Half Day (4 hours)
Full Day (8 hours)
Category 2
Commercial / Business
Per Hour
Half Day (4 hours)
Full Day (8 hours)

Courtyard & Courtyard Hire

  • Shady timber-decked courtyard to enjoy lunch or hire for a function
  • Available for low key events up to 100 people
  • Tables & chairs to seat approx. 75
  • Featured sculptures
  • Adjacent to kitchen and Gallery Shop
  • Access to kitchen

Courtyard Hire Fees

Per Event: $50.00

Gallery Shop

Handmade items by regional artisans alongside quirky gifts sourced from supplies afar. Artist designed cards, jewellery & goodies. Stock changes every 2months.

  • Unusual gifts sourced locally and nationally
  • Phone payment accepted

Functions / Activities

  • Galleries featuring scheduled exhibitions / available for event hire (pending exhibition program)
  • Retail shop
  • School Holiday Activities
  • Public & Educational Programs
  • Floor Talks & Exhibition Tours


If you would like to be a volunteer and become active in the arts in our City, there are many tasks and activities in which you can be involved. These include gallery sitter, guide, assisting in hanging exhibitions, newsletter mail-outs and reception duties. Become an Art Centre Volunteer (PDF, 50kb) application form (PDF 50kb), or read more about volunteering opportunities with an online form to register your interest.

Bookings & Terms of Use

02 4429 5444

  1. Initial registration with an ID check is essential before new hirer bookings can be confirmed.
  2. Allow 24-48hrs for online bookings to be processed.
  3. One user per hotdesk only. Informal meetings and discussions can be conducted in the courtyard.
  4. The hirer must phone the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre 24 hours before their booking to confirm attendance otherwise their booking may be forfeited.
  5. Hirer/s are liable for all damage and losses incurred during their use of the venue subsequent to investigation.
  6. The user recognises that there is no onsite allocated parking. A ground level public carpark is located directly opposite the facility.
  7. After hours - The user agrees to maintain the security of the building by ensuring the front door and exit doors are never left ajar.
  8. Keys and swipe cards must be collected from the Shoalhaven Art Centre between Tuesday and Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm and returned in person or via the Key Return box after use.
  9. A $35 replacement fee will be issued for lost keys or keys not returned within 24hrs after the event
Contact us

Shoalhaven City Arts Centre
12 Berry Street
Tel: (02) 4429 5444

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Additional Information

All Shoalhaven City Art Centre facilities have complete disability access, including wheelchair accessible lift to the second level, and disabled toilets on both levels.

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(02) 4429 3111
P.O. Box 42, Nowra NSW 2541 Australia
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