Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Upcoming Exhibitions

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The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery gave FOCUS an insight into all the upcoming exhibitions coming to Coffs Harbour and from the sounds of things, we have a lot to look forward to! For all our local art lovers out there, this is a must know! They also gave us a glimpse into the new Cultural and Civic Space that is planned for Coffs.

What’s happening at your Regional Gallery?

The team at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is looking forward to sharing another six months of great exhibitions with you, starting with the recently opened Clay Stories.

Now until 6th July: Clay Stories: Contemporary Indigenous Ceramics from Remote Australia

This exhibition of contemporary ceramic work by 22 Indigenous artists from five remote locations around Australia provides insight into the diverse landscapes and art practice from across this amazing continent. Ernabella Arts (SA), Hermannsburg Pottery (NT), Tiwi Designs (Bathurst and Melville Islands), Erub Arts (Torres Strait) and Girringun Arts, Cardwell (QLD) provide important creative and cultural hubs for artists where stories are shared, knowledge is maintained and creativity flourishes. 

19th July – 14th September: Saltwater Freshwater Arts

Following on from Clay Stories, the celebration of Aboriginal arts and culture continues with the focus closer to home on the Mid North Coast region with Saltwater Freshwater Arts. The Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr nations make up the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, and shine a light on Aboriginal culture in our own region. The Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award and a display of contemporary cultural objects will fill the Regional Gallery. There will also be public programs throughout the exhibition, including storytelling, weaving and language workshops.

20th September – 30th November: Still: National Still Life Award

In September, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s signature event Still: National Still Life Award, opens with artists from all around Australia delving into the rich treasure trove of ideas that the “still life” genre presents. From exploring the transitory nature of life or the focused attention to the everyday objects we surround ourselves with, “still life” can be loaded with all sorts of symbolic imagery without us even noticing. Open to all mediums, you will see “still life” presented through a contemporary lens in a way that will surprise and delight you. Our special guest Judge of the 2019 award is Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum in Victoria. 

If you’re an artist, online entries close on Monday 10th June. Go to the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery webpage for details. 

6th December – 1st February: The Overwintering Project

Migratory shorebirds connect the world; their annual journeys bind sky, land and sea into a meaningful whole. Yet, migratory shorebirds are the most endangered but possibly least known of all birds. The Overwintering Project is a multidisciplinary, environmental art project that brings together artists, local high school students, scientists, birders and poets to address environmental impacts on migratory shorebirds and their habitats, including special places here on the Coffs Coast. The Overwintering Project ( was initiated by printmaker Kate Gorringe-Smith to highlight the unique nature of migratory shorebird habitats found around Australia and New Zealand. Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s exhibition will include the full Overwintering Project portfolio of over 200 prints by Australian printmakers as well as artworks by local high school students.

Join our Wall of Wings!

The Wall of Wings is an integral component of The Overwintering Project and local artists are invited to contribute prints of individual shorebirds, which will be attached directly to a wall of the gallery, thus creating a “wall of wings”.

For more information, see our website or Facebook

Other news and events World Oceans Day – Saturday 8th June, 2 – 4pm

Coffs Harbour Library and the gallery will be celebrating World Oceans Day on Saturday 8 June as part of a global movement. On Word Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honour the ocean, which connects us all. Join us at the Rigby House forecourt for an afternoon of live music, local art, and scientific knowledge. Celebrate as local experts explain the importance of the ocean in our region, and how we can all work together to protect our shared and beloved ocean and its habitats. 

Heads Up … In 2020, Australia’s most loved art prize, The Archibald (2019) is coming to Coffs Harbour. See this year’s line-up of portraits from some of Australia’s leading painters including the winner, Tony Costa. The Archibald runs 4 July to 15 August 2020. Pop it in your diary now!

Have you seen the video about the new Cultural and Civic Space planned for Coffs? This project will incorporate a new Library, Gallery and Museum commensurate with the creative, culturally diverse and growing city that is Coffs Harbour. See the team of architects describe the building and the thought process behind its design by visiting the Council’s “Have your say” webpage:

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We look forward to seeing you at the gallery soon!

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