Swap the concrete jungle for a culture-filled south coast sojourn
Culture hunters usually flock to the city, but this weekend offers a unique twist. Veer off the well-trodden art path and head south. If you Visit Shoalhaven this weekend, art enthusiasts can relish three wonderful exhibitions, all within a 30-minute drive of one another and just a two-hour drive from Sydney. The cherry on top? Ditch the city gridlock. Instead, take a country drive, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the incredible views. It’s not just an art journey, it’s an experience for the soul.
Sculpture in the Valley Exhibition Kangaroo Valley: Sculpture in the Valley. Nature and art blend seamlessly with over 100 sculptures laid out at the stunning Wilburra Estate at 32 Smarts Rd in Barrengarry. With an incredible view from the top of the hill all the way down into the valley. This is a rare treat to see the view that only a few get to enjoy. There will be food and refreshments from Valley Table and music entertainment. Snap a photo and enter the photo competition and you could win $500 cash. Head to the website for the timing of guided tour times and artists Q & A. Entry is $10 kids free artsinthevalley.net.au/sculpture Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th September Sculpture in the Valley, 32 Smarts Rd in Barrengarry. Pictured: David Bal ' Passage'
Bundanon Trust: Visit this art museum embedded in the landscape. Bundanon’s current exhibition The Polyphonic Sea presents works by artists from Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores the wealth of languages around us, from speech and writing, gesture and music, to the ongoing flow of communications from the natural environment. Visit www.bundanon.com.au/thepolyphonicsea/ to learn more about the exhibition and curated program of talks, workshops and performances. The Polyphonic Sea Exhibition Guided Tour 12 pm 16th September. The exhibition is open until 8th October.
Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Nowra: Currently on exhibition are 4 shows featuring 6 remarkable Shoalhaven Artists. The exhibitions delve into themes of place and environment, touching on concepts of hope and despair while also encouraging a call to action and moments of reflection. Robert Hollingworth draws upon native Australian species and concepts of deep space, darkness and light in Realms of Possibility, also featuring Juz Kitson and Wade Marynowsky. Also interested in the natural world, Anne-France Fulgence is inspired by the work of flies, exploring how these unloved creatures are a vital part of life, and Carla Jackett presents abstracted sculptural ceramics and clay slip monoprints inspired by the birds of the Shoalhaven. In Reciprocation, Simon Maberley expands on traditional motifs of the landscape and figurative sculpture in a series of works in glass and other materials. More details https://www.shoalhavenregionalgallery.com.au/Whats-on/ The exhibition open until 16th September