Past Events


Chatswood High School Wind Orchestra - Saturday 9 December

CoffsConNVAC was excited to welcome back the Chatswood High School Wind Orchestra who performed here previously in December 2019.

The audience were entertained by a grand selection of music from film scores, popular music and dramatic classical pieces as well as an impromptu selection of Christmas Carols.

Music from films included The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Beauty and the Beast. Popular music featured a melody of Stevie Wonder hits and an excellent version of Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Wind Orchestra has been an institution of the school for approximately 35 years. The conductor who started the band, Gavin Staines, has now retired but a new conductor, Steven Hillinger, is carrying on the tradition. There was an obvious good rapport between the conductor and students; the musical timing was spot on and if you closed your eyes you could well imagine you were listening to a national symphonic orchestra and not students.

We look forward to welcoming them back in December 2024.



Biennial Art and Craft Exhibition - September 2023

NVAC organises a Biennial Art and Craft Exhibition which features the work of local artists and many from further afield. The exhibition is always a popular and lively event in our town and helps to promote the visual arts in the Nambucca Valley.

Our 2023 exhibition was opened by Mayor Rhonda Hoban on Saturday September 23 with the exhibition opened to all from Sunday September 24 to Sunday October 1. Prizewinners were as follows:

Betty Crocker Memorial Art Prize for Best Work in Exhibition: Carol Simons - Rising

U3A Nambucca Valley Association Senior Artist Award: Torban Jensen - Fools Gold

Section 1 Open Painting: Lorraine Pullen - Crystal Falls

Section 2 Oil/Acrylic: Jan Paul - River Dreaming

Section 3 Watercolour: David Southgate - Aspects of a Rainforest

Section 4 Pastel: Eleanor Holliday - From the Road, Valla

Section 5 Social Comment: Bruce Redman - Learning on the Job

Section 6 Betty Crocker NVAC Members’ Prize: Elwin Butler - Hidden Insects

Section 7 Drawing: Eleanor Holliday - Spotted Glass and Precious Treasures

Section 8 Photography: Gary Rumble - Storm over South West Rocks

Section 9 Miniature Painting: Robyn Simon - Brasserie in Arles

Section 10A 3D Sculpture, Ceramic, Mosaic, Glass etc.: Michaela Kloeckner - Fragile

Section 10 B Handmade Creative Object: Glen Alan Wilkinson - Crenellated Vessel

People’s Choice: Leesa White - Through the Lion’s Fence

The work of Members of the NVAC who won prizes or received commendations are currently on display in the Gallery until Saturday November 4.

Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium - Saturday April 24 2021

CoffsConAfter a year without concerts in Nambucca Heads a group of very talented musicians of the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium presented a concert on Saturday April 24. They delighted the audience with a varied and ambitious programme including works by Bach, Chopin and Beethoven.

This was be our last concert for some time due to the plan to establish the library in the Main Hall for the duration of the building project to extend Nambucca Library. This is due to start soon but at this stage we are uncertain of the exact timetable for the scheduling of the rebuild. The gallery will remain open during the building phase.