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Wendy Sharpe to open the 2019 River of Art

Wendy Sharpe to open the the 2019 River of Art - May 17th Join the River of Art festival opening and launch of the inaugural River of Art exhibition, River of Dreams, at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya on May 17th 6pm-8pm. Archibald prize and multi-award winning artist Wendy Sharpe will open the festival while you enjoy live music and refreshments.

Fancy a sneak peek at the 2019 festival program? Expressions of interest to host events, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and Art on Parade have closed, and our organising committee is having a fabulous time compiling the festival program! River of Art organisers ar putting the finishing touches on the program, but you can take a sneak peek HERE

$20,000 Event Grant from Council At Tuesday's Council meeting they unanimously voted that Council allocate $20,000 to support the River of Art Festival for 2019 from the events assistance budget. The River of Art organising committee wrote to Council seeking $20,000 to support the event management and administration of the 2019 River of Art. The funding was requested to specifically engage a professional event manager/management company to help grow and strategically place the event as a hallmark event for Eurobodalla and to attract greater Destination NSW (DNSW) funding. The aim is to not only reduce the burden on the volunteer organizing committee but also to provide the professional expertise required to take the event to the next level to support jobs growth and economic return to the local economy.

Three weeks left to enter the River of Art 2019 Prize! What better way to spend a rainy weekend than putting the finishing touches on your creation 😉Entries close Sat 20 April, The 2019 River of Art is inviting South Coast artists to enter their work in this year’s festival art prize.

The art prize, which is a highlight of Eurobodalla’s annual festival celebrating the rich artistic life of the region, will be announced on the eve of the festival’s opening, Thursday 16 May.

The winning artist will receive $2,000 with $250 going to the runner up. The artwork most highly commended will be awarded $100. Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges comprising three well-known professional artists. Shortlisting will be done on the basis of a digital image of the artwork.

The award ceremony will be held at Narooma’s SoART Gallery where all finalists will be exhibited. Artists whose work was not shortlisted will be invited to exhibit their submitted artwork in the Salon de Refusés at Narooma’s School of Arts’ studios. Both exhibitions will run from Thursday May 16 through to Sunday May 26, 2019.

Artists have until 11.59pm, Saturday April 20 to submit their entries. There are three ways in which artists can submit their work. The preferred option is to complete and submit electronically the online application form which can be found on the festival’s website,

Alternatively, download a PDF version of the online application form and complete your details. Hard copy forms are also available at the Libraries in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma. Scan and email (including digital images) to

Entries can also be posted to River of Art/ Art Prize, PO Box 117 Bodalla NSW 2545. If posting, you will need to include your digital images on a CD or on USB Thumb Drive (Memory Stick). The cost of entry is $20 per work.

Now in its 14th year, this year’s River of Art Festival runs from 17 to 27 May bringing together artists from all types of disciplines including painting, jewellery and woodwork through to poetry, music and film. Apart from the art prize, the festival will feature Open Studios, music events, poetry, film and a trail of art stretching from Durras to Bermagui.

River of Art is supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW, and the Eurobodalla Shire Council

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