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

Kiama NSW

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.

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Bead Shack

Gerringong NSW

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.

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Fern Street Gallery

Gerringong NSW

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.au                                                                                                        

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Illawarra Folk Club Inc

Kiama NSW

The Illawarra Folk Club is a non-profit incorporated association comprising local musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers and culturally minded folk! One of the club's signature events, FOLK by the SEA, is held annually in Kiama.  FOLK by the SEA is an intimate folk festival event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, dance, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music held over three days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole. The ticketed event (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) features 50 artists from overseas and Australia in 100 concerts at Kiama Showground and surrounds. Enjoy an enchanting variety of music sessions right next to the crashing waves of beautiful Surf Beach. This is the chance to get together with your mates and relax with world class music, right next to the sea, or why not become involved with the dancing, sessions or poet's breakfast. Camping is available at the Kiama Showground  or there are variety of accommodation options in Kiama, from BnBs  and hotels to tents and cabins at the caravan parks. Book through www.folkbythesea.com.au or phone 1300 887 034 or info@illawarrafolkfestival.com.au 

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Institute of Interesting Ideas

Kiama NSW

The Institute of Interesting Ideas is founded on the principle that life is for learning, and that we are all simultaneously teachers and students. I3 is committed to sparking provocative and stimulating conversations by presenting the most interesting speakers Australia has to offer. From entertainers & journalists, scientists & master chefs, authors & musicians and beyond…I3 will challenge, provoke, inspire and dare our audience to see the world differently. The line-up of speakers come from all walks of life and take to our stage to share their stories, wisdom and ideas with honesty & humour. The Institute of Interesting Ideas (I3) has partnered with the Pavilion, Kiama, who’s oceanfront venue offers the perfect setting for a special evening of dialogue, exchange and inspiration.

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Kathy Karas Artist

Tullimbar NSW

Highly acclaimed self taught artist offering workshops, retreats, gallery and exhibitions.

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Kiama Art Gallery

Kiama Downs NSW

Kiama Art Gallery specialises in Modern European and Australian art. Contact Andrea Hope to make an appointment to view the works in her home based gallery. Andrea can also give advice and assistance on what's happening in the local art scene. BY APPOINTMENT: The Gallery collection has a range of beautiful original works and prints, lithographs, etchings, pochoirs and reproductions (both framed and unframed) by well known International, National and Local artists, as well as ceramic and glass giftware. Kiama Art Gallery is a relaxed and welcoming gallery, which presents art works from the early 20th century through to more contemporary styles. Go to our website above for more information on our warm and welcoming gallery in Kiama.

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Kiama Art Workshops

Kiama NSW

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!

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Kiama Arts Trail

Kiama NSW

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 Sharp

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Kiama Jazz & Blues Club

Kiama NSW

The Kiama Jazz & Blues Club has been operating since 1974 and is run by a group of local volunteers who seek to add to the richness and diversity of the music available to Kiama. The Kiama Jazz & Blues Club's signature event is the annual Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival, held in March each year. Alongside this the club also runs Music in the park in collaboration with Kiama Municipal Council, and boutique events throughout the year - just keep an eye on their socials!

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