Nowra School of Arts Building

Nowra School of Arts reopens after completed conservation works


The Nowra School of Arts has reopened to the public following a planned closure to allow scheduled conservation works to be undertaken to the building.


Opened in May 1892, the Nowra School of Arts building is considered one of the area’s most significant heritage buildings.


Having hosted many of the Shoalhaven’s premier events during its 120 year history the building has been the venue for many concerts, magic lantern shows, balls and flower displays.


In order to preserve this historic building for future generations, Council undertook a number of conservation works including remediating damp in the external walls, internal and external painting, roof replacement and other minor repairs.


Shoalhaven City Council Arts Development Manager, Jill Farrar said the $147,000 refurbishment has reinvigorated the School of Arts Building.


“It is fantastic that Council was able to secure Commonwealth grant funding to assist in ensuring the Nowra School of Arts is kept in good condition for future generations,” said Ms Farrar.


“The official opening of the Nowra School of Arts was a significant milestone for the area, coming about a decade after the completion of the Shoalhaven River Bridge which had already provided a much needed population boost for the Shoalhaven.


“Since that time, the facility has performed many different uses, even playing host to a boxing revival in 1948.”


“The facility is now utilised as a fantastic venue to host weddings, concerts, recitals and even meetings.”


In order to preserve some of the history of the building and its local significance, Shoalhaven residents who remember the School of Arts in former days are invited to contact Jill Farrar to share their memories by emailing or phoning 0411 127 553.


Shoalhaven City Council received $80,000 from the Australian Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Project funding to assist with the refurbishments.


CONTACT:  Council Arts Development Manager, Jill Farrar - 4429 5

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