River of Art is all set to delight arts lovers and visitors with another exciting festival in 2018.
Check out the festival program on the River of Art website or grab a copy from Visitor Information Centres, local galleries, shops and cafes along the South Coast.
Above: NSW Premier launches the River of Art’s 2018 festival program
Left to right: Robin Scott-Charlton, River of Art (ROA) Chair; NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian; Bernie O’Neill, ROA Committee; Bega MP Andrew Contsnace; Lynne Griffiths, ROA Committee; Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes River of Art Chair, Robin Scott-Charlton says ‘With around 100 events on offer, there’s something special for the artist in everyone.
‘The festival kicks off on Thursday 17 May, ahead of a big weekend jam-packed with arts attractions and live performances.
‘Festival fun continues through late May as the River of Art Trail opens the door to explore artists’ studios and pop-up galleries along the South Coast from Durras to Bermagui.
‘This is where you can discover paintings, pastels, sculptures, woodworks, photography, ceramics, textiles, mosaics and jewellery.
‘Be entertained and inspired by live music, poetry performances, special film screenings, standup comedy and storytelling.
‘Or get creative and join some workshops. We have beanies, Lego art, printmaking, singing, silversmithing and more.’
Many festival favourites return this year. The Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artists Group will bring their Wearable Art creations back to the catwalk in Moruya with Folklore and Fantasy.
The Australian National Busking Championships, hosted by Rotary, welcome everyone to enjoy a fabulous line-up of buskers and musicians on the streets in Narooma. Meanwhile, in Batemans Bay, standup comedy and laughter return to the festival at Cultivate Space.
Robin Scott-Charlton says ‘The hard-working volunteers on our River of Art Committee have also crafted some new attractions for our 2018 program.
‘For the first time, three arts and information hubs will be open throughout the festival – located at the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens just south of Batemans Bay, the Air Raid Tavern in Moruya, and Club Narooma.
‘As well as hosting artworks and performances, these venues will be creative meeting places where visitors meet local artists and talk to our volunteers about what’s on, where and when.’
A new exhibition premiers at the hubs this year - Land of Many Waters. This collaborative project will showcase diverse artworks reflecting what our landscape means to our artists.
South Coast artists still have a few weeks to enter this exhibition, as well as the prestigious River of Art 2018 Art Prize – supported by the Eurobodalla Shire Council.
Visit RiverofArt.com.au to explore the full festival program, book tickets or find out more about exhibition opportunities.
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River of Art is funded by the NSW Government through Destination NSW, Regional Arts NSW and Create NSW. Support is also received from the Eurobodalla Shire Council.