October long - weekend

30 September -  3 October Kangaroo Valley

main gallery – kangaroo valley hall
Kangaroo Valley Art Prize
Tony White Memorial Art Prize

Salon of Local Artists

 satellite gallery – utopia art sydney @ the hive

installation gallery – pony club building

kangaroo valley art trail & open galleries  

festival venues & program of events

main gallery – kangaroo valley hall
Public Opening– Friday 30 September 6pm for 6:30pm-8pm
Osborne Park Showgrounds – 179 Moss Vale Road Kangaroo Valley
Kangaroo Valley Art Prize open nationally
Tony White Memorial Art Prize young emerging artist open nationally
Salon of Local Artists Prize local artists only
All open Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday 9:30am-2pm
Curated by Megan Monte
Judged by Sophia O’Brien & Jane Watters

Politics of the Portrait: From 4000 BC to the Selfie
Special Talk by Rex Irwin – Main Gallery Saturday 1 October 5pm for 5:30-6:30pm
By reservation only at the Sales Desk in the KV Hall

satellite gallery – utopia art sydney @ the hive 
Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday 9:30am-2pm
170 Moss Vale Road – Opposite the Kangaroo Valley Hall
Always Was and Always Will Be
Indigenous and Non-indigenous Artists

From Utopia Art Sydney

installation gallery – pony club building
Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday 9:30am-2pm
Osborne Park Showgrounds – Behind the Kangaroo Valley Hall
Being in the Landscape
Collaborative Installation Art
Following an Artist-in-Residence Program

kangaroo valley art trail & open galleries
Feat of Clay Studio & Gallery
105 Glenmurray Road Kangaroo Valley
Silo Studio & Gallery
171 Upper Kangaroo River Road Upper Kangaroo River

Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm; Monday 9:30am-3pm

Building on the success of 2020, the biennial Visual Arts in the Valley 2022 will be celebrated over the October long-weekend – Friday 30 September through Monday 3 October in Kangaroo Valley, NSW.  It will feature multiple visual art prizes and special events over four days at a variety of venues in the Valley.  


Our objectives are simple – to assist artists while bringing some of the best contemporary art that matters from around the nation to the Valley and surrounds that speaks about national, regional and local issues.   


Our goal – to continue to grow as a national contemporary arts event while retaining local and regional flavour.


Total Prize Money $22,000, donated by local Valley residents, including the signature Kangaroo Valley Art Prize, Tony White Memorial Prize for an Emerging Artist, Salon of Local Artists Prize, plus Highly Commended, Commended, People’s Choice and the popular Packing Room Prize.  


Now one of the more valuable suites of contemporary art prizes in Australian contemporary art, in 2020 over 1300 people visited the Kangaroo Valley Community Ha transformed into a professional art gallery.  Entry fees and commissions are kept low to return as much as possible to the artists.  In each of our past two biennials, over 30% of artworks were sold ($100,000 in 2020).  


Guest Curator for 2022 – Megan Monte, award-winning Australian curator who has just assumed the position of inaugural director and curator of Ngununggula, the National Trust and State Government gallery at Retford Park, NSW.  Previously director of Cement Fondu contemporary arts space in Sydney and curator of contemporary art at the Campbelltown Arts Centre.  


Special Advisor – Rex Irwin, internationally known art dealer in Sydney since 1976 who has nurtured and enhanced the reputations and careers of many Australian artists.  Former director, Rex Irwin Gallery, dealing in contemporary Australian and European art, and former co-director, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney.    

Judge​ - June Watters, Director, National Trust of Australia (NSW) Galleries and SH Ervin Gallery since 2001. Has curated numerous gallery and touring exhibitions and judged many art prizes including Portia Geach Memorial Award, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Calleen Art Prize and Gallipoli Art Prize. 

Judge - Sophie O'Brien, Curator, Bundanon Trust. Previously curator Tate Britain and Serpentine Galleries, London, Artspace, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Festival, Biennale of Sydney and Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Opening Speaker to be announced.   

View the gallery of past finalistslatest news & announcements, the history of visual arts in the valley and the team organising, curating and judging Visual Arts 2022


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