15 February 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (16 - 22 February)

| Claire Sams
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There are exhibitions, horse events, markets and much more happening in the regions this week. Photo: Goulburn Australia/Facebook.

Don’t stress about searching for some fun activities and events occurring this week in the regions – we’ve put together a list to get you started!

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The latest exhibition at a Moruya art gallery is set to open with work from four artists. Photo: Jo Victoria, Breath of Wind (2023), via Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre/Facebook.

Light Shadow Form Space exhibition

When: 17 February to 28 March, 10 am to 4 pm; 16 February, 5:30 to 7:30 pm (opening night)
Where: Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, corner Vulcan and Campbell streets, Moruya
Cost: Free entry, though online registration is necessary for the opening night celebration.

This exhibition brings together artworks from four artists – Diane Appleby, Margaret Ainscow, Jo Victoria and Stephanie Simko – working in a range of mediums, such as drawing, ceramics, textiles, enamelling and painting. There will be an opening ceremony on Friday evening before it formally opens the following day.

Horse rider

Dressage by the Sea at Willinga Park is a four-day event. Photo: Amy-Sue Alston Photography.

4CYTE™ Dressage by the Sea CDI 2024

When: 22 to 25 February, 8 am to 6 pm
Where: Willinga Park, 134 Forster Drive, Bawley Point; livestreamed on Willinga Park TV
Cost: Spectator tickets cost between $10 and $25 (children have free entry) and are available via Willinga Park’s website.

A record field of 753 entries will go head-to-head in this dressage competition. More than 290 horses and 190 riders will test their skills across various skill levels and ages. Visitors can also explore the gardens and sculptures at Willinga Park, set across more than 10 hectares, as well as the Willinga Park Vet Hospital. There will be tours on the Saturday and Sunday (24 and 25 February), with no bookings required.


Manny Kneeshaw’s HSC Visual Arts major work is one of those on display at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. Photo: Supplied.

New Horizons exhibition

When: 10 February to 2 March, 10 am to 4 pm (Tuesday to Friday), 10 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, 12 Berry Street, Nowra
Cost: Free entry.

The exhibition brings together HSC Visual Arts students from across the Shoalhaven region to showcase their works in various artistic mediums. Students have submitted their works (ceramics, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, time-based forms and more) to the exhibition, which is open until early March.


Julia Gutman standing by her artwork

Archibald Prize 2023 winner Julia Gutman is visiting Goulburn with her artwork Head in the sky, feet on the ground. Photo: Artwork by Julia Gutman, photograph by Art Gallery of New South Wales/Diana Panuccio.

20 Questions with Julia Gutman

When: 16 February, noon to 1 pm
Where: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 184 Bourke Street Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost $22.49 (and include entry into the exhibition), and are available via eventbrite.

Julia Gutman took home the 2023 Archibald Prize for her portrait Head in the sky, feet on the ground – and now she’s coming to Goulburn. Ms Gutman will talk about her artistic process and what goes into making large-scale, complex figurative works. Bookings for the event include entry into the Archibald Prize 2023 touring exhibition.


A poster for the event

Summer might be drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop! Photo: Goulburn Australia/Facebook.

Vibesfest Goulburn

When: 17 February, noon to 9 pm
Where: Belmore Park, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry, though kids activities cost $5.

As always, this annual music festival is aimed at young people – and it’s making its return in 2024 with a bigger schedule. The stage in Belmore Park will feature exclusively local youth musicians and bands, such as Wretched Arms, The Young Colts, Ladies Night, Midnight Mojo and Slightly Deranged Monkeys, as well as bands from Trinity Catholic College, Goulburn High School, Mulwaree High School, and Crookwell High School. Meanwhile, laser tag, rock climbing, face painting, a jumping castle and more have been organised to keep the kids entertained – all available through the purchase of a $5 wristband. Attendees can bring a chair or a picnic blanket to sit on while listening to the performances and eating lunch and dinner from the food options from a range of cuisines. Will you pick the Turkish, Mexican, Greek, fish and chips, coffee – or something else?

Artworks in an exhibition

Hear from the artist himself at this talk at a South Coast gallery. Photo: Works by Gerwyn Davies, photo via Bega Valley Regional Gallery/Facebook.

Artist in Conversation

When: 17 February, 11 am
Where: South East Centre for Contemporary Art, Zingel Place, Bega
Cost: Free entry.

South East Centre for Contemporary Art will host Sydney-based Gerwyn Davies, ahead of the opening of his latest exhibition, Glisten. Mr Davies will be joined by guest writer Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham for the discussion, and Lisa Herbert will lead.


Tom Curtain

Get a taste of life in the saddle during this show, featuring real horse training and working dog demonstrations. Photo: Tom Curtain/Facebook.

Tom Curtain’s ‘Katherine Outback Experience’ show

When: 18 February, 4 to 6:30 pm
Where: Bungendore Showground, Mathews Lane, off Bungendore Road, Bungendore
Cost: Tickets cost between $25 and $117 (including a family option) and are available via Humanitix.

Straight from the horse’s mouth – this is your chance to see Tom Curtain’s award-winning Katherine Outback Experience! In the one-hour showcase, there will be demonstrations of horse training and working dogs, as well as hands-on activities for the youngsters and live music. Multiple Golden Guitar-winner Tom Curtain will take to the stage alongside special guests Chris Matthews, Melissa Fraser and Laura Frank.

Greg Francis

A hot hatch owned by Greg Francis, the organiser of Wheels 2024. Photo: James Coleman.

‘Wheels’ car show

When: 18 February, 10 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan
Cost: Entry is by gold coin donation.

This car show, organised by the Council of ACT Motor Club, is putting the focus on the hot hatch – a kind of car born in the mid-1980s when car manufacturers began putting big engines into small bodies. Proceeds will be directed to Respite Care for QBN.


A poster for the event

This is a fashion show that will help fellow residents of the Queanbeyan region. Photo: Karabar Housing Cooperative/Facebook.

Karabar Housing’s Fashion Fundraiser

When: 22 February, 5 to 7:30 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Uniting Church, 13 Rutledge Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost $50 and are available via TryBooking.

Take a seat and watch a fashion show – all while sipping on some champagne and eating canapes. This fundraiser will be hosted by Debbie Maree’s Fashion Boutique, a Queanbeyan business, and proceeds will be donated to Karabar Housing Cooperative, to support their plan to build affordable rental housing in the Queanbeyan region.

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