The Bega Vallery Regional Gallery showcases contemporary Australian visual culture, with up to ten exhibitions annually. In 2015, the gallery will expand its footprint as the cultural outpost on Australia's coastal wilderness, and will launch two project spaces within exciting new community developments. The gallery manages the collection of the Bega Valley Arts and Craft Society, and the Shirley Hannan Trust. It is also a leader of artistic and cultural vision for the community, and as such is heavily involved in the commissioning and maintenance of public art throughout the region. The gallery also administers the biannual Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, a unique prize which focuses on realistic portraiture and has a non acquisitive prize of AUD50,000. The gallery is a member of The Regional Galleries Association of NSW, with a permanent collection of high standard developed from locally based artists, and supplemented by works on loan.