Arts & Culture
Talent and tradition on display..
You can often measure the true pulse of a place by the strength of its art scene. The good news is that the Kiama area has a thumping heartbeat, such is the sheer amount of talent pooled in just one small area.
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 bubbles to the surface in many ways 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. Visit kiama.com.au/events for festival dates and information.
STREET ART - Every year, more and more murals and pieces of street art by talented local artists are appearing to surprise and delight.
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 Beachside Emporium in Kiama’s main street, 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. Visit kiama.com.au/events for days and times.
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.
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.
Beachside Emporium is a unique concept store. The business operates as a homewares, furniture, fashion and gift store, and a niche independent gallery. The gallery showcases works by established and emerging artists, artisan jewellers, fashion and textile designers. The store has a strong focus on supporting and promoting local and Australian art. It is a beautifully presented store with a diverse offering appealing to a client base covering all ages. This business is for sale. View link for more information.Learn More
Play, Shop, Learn. Discover a wonderland of beads & accessories. See for yourself why the love of beads reside in the Shack. Bead Shack is a family owned business based in the seaside town of Gerringong. Visit our shop and discover our wonderful range. Everyone is welcome at Bead Shack! Creative Workshops from $15 per person for all ages.Learn More
The South Coast Destination for Art Lovers Located in the charming seaside town of Gerringong, Fern Street Gallery is a fine-art gallery run by South Coast Artists. Home to a select group of local artists, host to frequent exhibitions by national artists and an array of art workshops, there is always something new to explore. See website for current exhibitions, workshops and this weeks opening hours: www.fernstreetgallery.com.auLearn More
Kiama Art Workshops was created to bring people and art together in a warm and friendly environment. Have you thought about doing something creative but not sure where to start? Maybe you already work as an artist and would like to enhance your skills or perhaps explore a new medium. Rhonda Murray is engaged and passionate about art and making it accessible to people from all walks of life. A resident artist for several years, Rhonda is skilled across a wide range of mediums. Her broad knowledge and enthusiasm has enabled her to source experienced and educated artists specialising in different mediums to provide workshops in a diverse number of areas. The workshops are conducted in the beautiful surrounds of the NSW South Coast where the mountains meet the sea - a relaxing and inspiring environment. Groups are small to ensure personalised attention. Each participant is encouraged to work at a pace and level that is optimal for them. You will finish the workshop feeling more confident, with a deepened skill set and inspired to explore your chosen medium further. Above all the workshops are fun, with participants encouraging each other under the tutelage of the artist, all in a beautiful location. Evenings are free for you to explore the local cuisines and tourist attractions. If you would like to book a package weekend, we can take care of accommodation, dining and everything you need for the perfect getaway. Come and join Rhonda for a truly refreshing weekend, meet new people, and enjoy all things art!Learn More
The Kiama Arts Trail takes you through some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia, where you can visit award winning artists' studios and galleries. Entry to each of the venues is free. With a range of artwork and a wide variety of techniques, such as drawings, paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture, you are sure to enjoy following the trail from Albion Park through Kiama and down to Foxground. Visit artists at work and take a peek into their studios, see demonstrations and enjoy galleries. The Kiama Arts Trail is open the first weekend of each month - 10am - 4pm, and other times by appointment. Ron Knott - ArtistBob Shaw - Aspirations ImagesLiz Shaw - Rose Jewellery DesignsLove Street Gallery - The Art of Helen PainCedar Ridge Studio - Robyn SharpLearn More
“Quality is always remembered long after the price has been forgotten” Nerilee Antiques of Jamberoo has been a long established Antiques & Fine Arts licenced second hand dealer. 50 years experience shows in this fine collection of our amazing stock that has been sourced from special fine arts dealers from around the globe. An Emeritus member of the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Assoc. Nerilee is renown for quality genuine Antiques & Collectables not only on the South Coast but internationally it is regarded as a rare find in todays market. No internet sales or site, a real old world shop. Beautiful Estate jewellery including Rings, Ear rings, bangles, necklaces, Also Silver, porcelain, glassware, sewing items. Lots of Treasure. Art and rare collectables are to be rediscovered in one of the best Antique shops of its type in Australia. We are open 7 days a week from 10 am -5 pm. Call in and browse our extensive range of Antiques wares.Learn More
Hi I'm Phil and I LOVE my Business. I ventured into photography to be creative, professional and have lots of FUN along the way. Cliche I know, but I get excited when capturing a moment in time and having that image hanging in someone's home or special album. I LOVE working and interacting with people and having the opportunity to capture moments along the way. It's an honour to share these moments in their lives, that's priceless. I do this by capturing natural expressions and candid behaviours that we all exhibit everyday. When I TAKE photos I am in my element! I am motivated and excited! When you book me, I'll ensure your day (whether it be a wedding or personal shoot) will be captured professionally through stunning images that last beyond a lifetime. I'm so passionate about the way I conduct myself on a shoot, that I guarantee I'm there for you and that you're my only priority. I give 110% to every client during their photographic session, ensuring I meet their every needs, and I'll do the same for you.Learn More
“Pottery at Old Toolijooa School” is an award-winning cottage-industry workshop. It’s on the site of the original school set up by Alexander Berry in 1871 for tenant farmers’ children. We make most kinds of pottery... mugs, plates, teapots, bowls, owls and pussycats, wombats, dragons, little stoneware animals. Visitors are always welcome. Depending on the day, you may see pots being made, or fired, or glazed. Or just browse about in the display room, and enjoy the wide variety of finished items, for sale at what potters call “kiln-door” prices. Open when? All day, most days, since we live and work on the premises. And where? Right beside the highway, about 13 km south of Kiama. It’s a pleasant drive down here, but of course we do go out sometimes, so feel free to phone if you want to be sure.Learn More
Robyn graduated from the National Art School in the early '70's. With her degree in Art History she has taught in schools in Sydney & California. Exhibiting publicly & privately in numerous galleries in Sydney, South Coast NSW, California, Toronto and London. Robyn’s wide travels & studies in art history, sculpture and life drawing have resulted in her artistic influences being comprehensive. Specialising in Chinese, Japanese and Renaissance Art, she also takes an active interest in contemporary art. She shows with the Sculptors’ Society of Australia, Kiama Arts Trail & recently she was a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize. Robyn’s philosophy is to explore art’s full diversity of form, while keeping a mindful eye on the impact we have on the world emotionally, environmentally and physically.Learn More
Terrace Collectables is located in the original Kiama Terrace Houses in Collins Street, Kiama. These buildings were originally constructed in 1885 to serve as residences for the quarry workers and their families. In the 1970’s they were restored, and turned into small boutique shops. The buildings are heritage listed, and are fronted by Jacaranda trees that provide a vivid purple colour over the summer months when they are in flower. A striking entry to Kiama. Terrace Collectables is the first terrace on the left as visitors enter from the north (Sydney). It has been operating for over 20 years with the same owners, as a successful retail outlet for small collectables and antiques. Vinyl records, antique books, militaria, stamps, comics, ceramics, vintage pottery, clocks, sport memorabilia, coins, ephemera, silver ware, etc., can all be found there. The shop is open 7 days a week, usually between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. Graeme provides valuations for probate, estate, and insurance purposes. He also offers celebrant and document certification services within the Kiama area.Learn More