Arts & Culture

The Riverland is an artist’s paradise, with its diverse landscapes, changing light shimmering across ochre sands and wetlands, assorted wildlife and natural beauty that inspires the imagination. Experience the rich cultural fabric of the region through its regular performing arts and live music scene.
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Theatre and Performing Arts

The Chaffey Theatre in Renmark is the centre for screen and performing arts. Hosting live shows, concerts and theatre productions, it also shows the latest release movies. The Chaffey Theatre is named after brothers William and George Chaffey who established Australia’s first irrigation settlement in 1887.
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Riverland Youth Theatre is one of only two regional youth theatre companies in South Australia. RYT breaks down cultural and geographical barriers by working with the community to respond to the social needs of young people.

Riverland’s Musical Society is renowned throughout the region for their regular productions of popular musical theatre classic.

Cellar doors and other attractions around the region embrace the arts and host exhibitions and from time to time feature live performances ranging from opera to soulful solo vocalists.

With an abundance of pubs and clubs across the Riverland it is no wonder there is a strong local music scene which follows. Key venues in the region include the Loxton, Berri and Renmark Hotels and Renmark club all whom regular feature nationally recognised live acts and bands.

Smaller venues like the Cobdogla and Loxton clubs also have regular gigs supporting grass roots bands and performers from across the Riverland.

Check out our events calendar for details on the latest performances throughout the region.

Galleries

The Riverland boasts a large number of public galleries and exhibition spaces showcasing the inspirational works of its many local artists. The Barmera Theatre Art & Craft Gallery features community-based art and crafts, including oil paintings, watercolours, pastels and photography. Sculptures, china painting, pottery and other crafts are also displayed.
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In Berri, the River Lands Gallery, operated by Country Arts SA, provides a venue for exhibitions touring South Australia and a gallery space for local artists. There are new exhibitions every four to six weeks.

Showcasing the best of the Riverland and South Australian artists, Loxton Terrace Gallery in Loxton also has exhibitions that rotate every four to six weeks. Take the time to investigate.

In the Foyer Gallery at the Chaffey Theatre Renmark, discover the ‘Artist of the Month’, which showcases Riverland and Mallee 2D and 3D artists. This exhibition space is open during all Chaffey Theatre business hours.

Renmark has a strong art scene, with spaces in the McCormick Centre for the Environment, and the Renmark Paringa Council Foyer Gallery. Both feature rotating exhibits by local artists or projects of interest to the community.

Waikerie’s Rain Moth Gallery provides an excellent selection of handcrafted gifts by artisans and artists from the Riverland and around South Australia, with exhibitions rotating monthly.

Photography

Photographers delight in capturing the magic of the Riverland. The region boasts an extensive colour palette, stunning river landscapes, historical architecture and amazing wildlife just waiting to be created as a piece of art. Just add reflections, sunrise and sunset and a rising full moon and your camera will be busy.
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Red Ochre Cliffs


Changing Colours


Misty Dawns

 

For the novice or the serious photography enthusiast the opportunities are endless.

The magnificent red ochre cliffs are a favourite subject for many photographers offering a different colour spectrum depending on the time of day. At sunset they are an intense burning red and provide a spectacular backdrop.

Misty Dawns with fog rolling across the majestic waterway provide a hauntingly beautiful scene and a fantastic ‘shot’. 

Patience will be rewarded with some amazing action birdlife shots as pelicans glide above and then skim the water as they come to land...... 

Rustic cottages, museums and distinctive architecture provide constant inspiration for capturing the essence of the region’s history. 

The many lookouts throughout the region provide great vantage points for capturing a panoramic view of Australia’s greatest waterway.

Art Scene

Artists capture the essence of the Riverland landscape and its people in many art forms – you can find work on display in public galleries or private studios. Click below for our suggested arts inspired itinerary.

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In Waikerie head to Rain Moth Gallery, before visiting Paul White Photography gallery. Make sure you stop in at Illalangi Fine Foods & Olive Oils to purchase local art and produce. Illalangi has a wonderful outlet where you can taste and buy a whole range of local product and view their new edible bush tucker garden that sits on the cliff overlooking the Murray.


We recommend making an appointment to see the private gallery space at Riverglen View Art Studio. Resident artists and hosts Clint and Liz Frankel offer a private tour of their own work and original and reproduction paintings of Gary Duncan.

Next head to Banrock Station Wine & Wetland centre for lunch and check out more local art work on offer. From Kingston you can head to The Terrace Gallery in Loxton and follow the Loxton Art Trail for the afternoon. Finish your day with a meal of locally grown  Murray cod at the Loxton Hotel.


Sprouts Cafe in Berri displays local art, has a local produce menu and great coffee. Pop straight over the road to the River Lands Gallery run by Country Arts SA and provides a venue for exhibitors touring South Australia and gallery space for local artists. Then head on to Italo Vardaro's photographic studio just down the road in Berri.

Make an appointment to see Coongalena Cottage Art Studio or Tony Smith Studio in Lyrup and cross the river on the Lyrup Ferry on your way.

Rustons Rose Garden in Renmark is a great spot for lunch and displays paintings and sculpture, including corrugated iron kangaroos and pelicans.

For something a little different, make an appointment at Aussie Eggshell carvers or view the magnificent Bush Ranger Ceiling Mural at the Frank Harding Collection, and finish your day in Paringa at the Goanna Hill Gallery.

Always see who is performing at the Chaffey Theatre in Renmark and if there's a show on, start your evening with an early dinner overlooking the river at the Renmark Club or the Renmark Hotel.