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Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra is 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 rooms, gallery shop, dedicated art studio, elegant courtyard and a kitchen.

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 Regional Gallery is a member of the Regional & Public Galleries Association of NSW and is registered with the Cultural Gifts Program of the Australian Government.

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In 2013, consultants The Shiny Shiny World were engaged to act on Council's behalf to investigate, consult and prepare a strategic plan to 2020.  View the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre Strategic Plan 2020 Shoalhaven City Arts Centre Strategic Plan 2020

Arts Board Grants 2017-2018

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.

Forms and guidelines are available from Shoalhaven Regional Gallerywith applications closing on 1 September 2017.

Meeting Room

  • Capacity approx.25 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


ShoalHub is the Gallery's small meeting room - suitable for interviewing, counselling or one-on-one meetings.

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, 9:00 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am - 2 pm
Other times by arrangement

Commercial/business rates:

Per Hour
Half Day (4 hours)
Full Day (8 hours)
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am - 2.00pm
Other times by arrangement


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. 50
  • 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 Regional Gallery 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

Shoalhaven Regional Gallery

12 Berry St


Tel: (02) 4429 5444

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