Celebrating visual art, community, culture
Access & Learning for all.
The BVRG strives to foster a greater understanding and knowledge of visual art and the creative process as well as increase sensitivity to cultural differences and cultural identity within a regional context.
The Gallery's education programs encourage visitors to better understand the power of creativity and imagination, to improve observation skills, participate in discussions and to learn from arts professionals.
BVRG is a small regional gallery in south eastern New South Wales Australia. The gallery showcases contemporary Australian visual culture with up to ten exhibitions annually. In 2015 the gallery expands its footprint as the cultural outpost on Australia's WILDERNESS COAST and will launch two project spaces within exciting new community developments.
The gallery is funded by a special rate variation in recognition of the importance of the visual arts within the region and as such, visual arts practitioners make up a large proportion of the community.
The BVRG manages the collection of the Bega Valley Arts & Craft Society and the Shirley Hannan Trust. It also is a leader of artistic and cultural vision for the community and as such is heavily involved in the commissioning and maintenance of public art throughout the region.
The gallery also administers the biannual Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, a unique prize which focus' on realistic portraiture and has a non acquisitive prize of $50,000.
In 2014 the BVRG announced a new annual prize, 'The Shirl' National Youth Portraiture Prize, aimed at engaging young artists, 18 - 25 and with an acquisitive prize of $10,000. Each winning work will be added to the gallery's permanent collection.
The Friends of the Gallery is an unincorporated, not for profit fundraising committee that is run independently of the BVRG and exists to raise money for the gallery to purchase artwork for the permanent collection.
The focus of the BVRG permanent collection is contemporary portraiture and landscape.