Planet Nowra to rule the universe tomorrow

An intriguing art event will bring Nowra to life through the eyes of more than 80 local makers, artists and school students.

Planet Nowra will be held from December 8-9 in the Manse Gardens of St Andrews Presbyterian Church.

Rehearsals have been underway this week, gearing up for the free event that will explore the concept of ‘place’ through contemporary arts practice.

The vision of Theatre Kantanka director Carlos Gomes has led a team of cutting edge contemporary artists in the creation of a Nowra specific collection of artworks, installations and live performances.

It’s a unique experience where visitors will travel through the Manse Gardens by entering a series of structures and domes housing the artworks.

At dusk, the walls and surfaces around the Manse come to life with projections highlighting the unexpected beauty of the built landscape.

The team of artists have tapped into local talent who are at the heart of the project by running a series of workshops in 2017.

Known for creating a spectacle, Alison Clouston, Boyd, Katia Molino, Kym Vercoe and Sean Bacon have brought to life a program including music, storytelling, projection and movement it that will take place throughout the day and evening.

The projects below and more will come together for Planet Nowra:

  • Visual artist Alison Clouston has worked with a small team of locals to fashion towering and mobile sculptures built onto vintage backpacks.
  • Musician and composer Boyd has invited local composers, musicians and rappers to create new music and lyrics about the river.
  • Carlos Gomes with local artist Jill Talbot has been running embroidery workshops, using diverse embellishment techniques and superimposing them onto photographic images, to create hidden meanings. Filmmaker Sean Bacon has been collecting video portraits and re-framing familiar landmarks to project onto walls and other surfaces.
  • Carlos Gomes, Katia Molino and Sean Bacon (with local artist Julie Cunningham), have each been in residence at a selection of schools running workshops on storytelling, how to create animation strips for especially fashioned zoetropes and the creation of golden super heroes.

Planet Nowra is a family friendly, alcohol free event and entry is free. There will be gelato, snacks, coffee and cool drinks available.

Bring an open mind and prepare to see your city in a whole new light. Visit