Welcome to the 2018 River of Art Festival and The Beagle 15 page guide
With mellow days to go exploring and balmy nights to enjoy intimate performances, the NSW South Coast is the perfect place to visit this time of the year.
And for arts lovers, the River of Art Festival’s big weekend from 17-20 May is an irresistible invitation to take a break and indulge in live music, visual arts, film, poetry, open studios and creative workshops. Over one hundred events are on offer, from Durras Lake in the north to Bermagui in the south. The Beagle presents its River of Art Guide - 15 pages presenting an overview of the Festival
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The festival kicks off with the prestigious River of Art 2018 Art Prize celebration on 17 May at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma. This is just one of the many diverse exhibitions on offer up and down the coast.
On Saturday 19 May, why not make a day of it at the Creator’s Bazaar at the Moruya Country Markets? Browse through a treasure chest of artworks and chat to local creators. Picnic with friends and family by the river as you enjoy tasty local produce and lively performances.
In Batemans Bay, laugh along to stand-up comedy, with evening performances on Friday 18 May and Saturday 19 May. Further south at Tuross Head, join the fun at the annual poetry slam for a riotous Saturday night of impromptu storytelling and live music.
Music lovers have plenty to choose from throughout the festival – one of the highlights is a concert by Chamber Soloists from Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra at Batehaven on Sunday 20 May.
On the film front, take a step back in time and experience the 1920s charm of Narooma Kinema where you can catch four films celebrating the lives of renowned artists and musicians. Other special screenings are on show in Moruya and Batemans Bay.
For the first time this year, three arts and information hubs will be open during the River of Art festival. Locations are the Eurobodalla Botanic Garden just south of Batemans Bay, the Air Raid Tavern in Moruya, and Club Narooma.
Visit the River of Art team at these venues to see inspiring group exhibitions. Take the time to talk to our volunteers about what’s on nearby, where and when.
Each hub will showcase entries in River of Art Land of Many Waters Exhibition. This is a new group show that reflects what our landscape means to our artists. Visitors can cast their vote for Peoples’ Choice awards. Artworks will also be available for sale.
Festival fun continues through late May, with the River of Art Trail open right through until 26 May. Discover paintings, pastels, sculptures, woodcarvings, photography, textiles, mosaics, jewellery and so much more. Browse local markets for collectables and explore intriguing galleries.
Browse through the pages of our Beagle River of Art Guide for an overview and some more festival fun ideas.