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Arts & Culture

Talent and tradition on display

You can often measure the true pulse of a place by the strength of its art scene. From the mountains to the sea, the Kiama area boasts a diverse amount of art and culturally significant experiences, with many talented artists taking up residence in this corner of the world. This is evident throughout the calendar year via street art, festivals, live music, gallery exhibitions and a handful of other innovative events that continue to grow every year.

Underpinning this is a deep heritage of indigenous art and culture – brought to life at various discovery points across the region. We invite you to experience it all!

MUSIC FESTIVALS From Jazz & Blues to Country Music, Folk, Rock and everything in between, this area taps its toes many times a year.
WORKSHOPS If you’re keen to pick up a new skill or simply have fun trying, the Kiama area offers a range of workshops. For the crafty, you can try ceramics, painting, batik or jewellery design. You’ll also find food workshops focusing on our thriving paddock to plate scene. See the Kiama Visitor Information Centre for more details.
KISS ARTS FESTIVAL Set along gorgeous Black Beach in late April, this unique two-day celebration includes live acts, interactive experiences, fun events and plenty of laughs.
OLD FIRE STATION This 1915 historic building in Kiama’s main street is a revolving door of weekly exhibitions from painters, photographers, quilters, woodworkers and much more!
STUDIOS & GALLERIES For an ever-changing art fix, head to Kiama’s Art Bar (near Little Blowhole), Fern St Gallery in Gerringong or pick up a private studio brochure.

REGULAR MARKETS There are markets held all across the area every month, offering the chance to select or sample local wares.
ART IN THE PARK On the second Sunday of each month, view and purchase artworks out in the open air at the western end of Hindmarsh Park (near the Memorial Arch).
LIVE MUSIC A number of cafes, clubs and bars offer live music throughout the year, as does Hindmarsh Park on the first Sunday of each month in summer.
INDIGENOUS ART Discover the artworks and history at the Eastern entrance to Hindmarsh Park plus the sculptural dreaming poles at Loves Bay and North Werri Beach.
STREET ART Every year, more and more murals and pieces of street art by talented local artists are appearing to surprise and delight.
KIAMA ARTS TRAIL
A selection of artists open up their workshops and homes to visit on the first weekend of each month. A great way to get up close with different styles and their creators.

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