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.

The Wildflower Studio

Kiama NSW

The Wildflower Studio creates stunning fresh floral arrangements for all occasions including weddings. In store you will find organic teas, vegan chocolate, organic body & baby products, books, french vintage tableware & gift hampers. Check out our range of potted plants, succulents, orchids & terrariums. The Wildflower Studio also stocks Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ and hosts regular monthly Chalk painting & floral workshops. Opening Times Monday - Friday 9am - 5pmSaturday 9am - 3pm

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Zeynep Testoni Ceramics

Gerroa NSW

Just as the ocean can be crystal clear and calm one day and grey and tumultuous the next, Zeynep's ceramic practice is also a little unpredictable as she prefers to approach her making with a 'go with the flow' attitude and a philosophy of the 'pot decides what it wants to be.' She believes that each piece will eventually 'find a home', even if sometimes that ‘home’ is back in the recycled clay bucket. Zeynep prefers to make in small batches with each vessel taking on a character of its own. The eclectic and diverse nature of her work means that each piece is truly unique.  Zeynep's studio is open to visitors by appointment. She conducts regular pottery classes, and one-off 'Pottery Day Out' wheel throwing experiences.

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