Welcome to our BIG list of arts and cultural events happening in the NSW Central West gathered from artists, event producers, great local venues and groups across the region.

This is a busy artistic region. There’s usually more than 2000 arts and heritage events happening in the region each year.

Looking for the ongoing or regularly open museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art? They’re all covered at our Culture Maps Central NSW. Explore it here

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Joel Tonks: Forged by fire, shaped by time

Mon September 14 - Sun October 11

Forged by fire, shaped by time is the result of recent hiking expeditions by Orange-based multidisciplinary artist Joel Tonks to document the biological and geological taxonomy of the Central West region.

The defining feature is an 11-13 million year old volcanic flow of basalt, rhyolite, and other igneous rock emanating from Mount Canobolas (Gaahnabulla) flowing to Mount Panorama (Wahluu) and beyond. This lava flow is responsible for creating the regions distinctive quartz veins which hold rich gold seams, as well as the nutrient rich soils, rivers, and high-altitude peaks which sustains many forms of endemic life.

Gathering reference images, and texture imprints from the burnt landscape, these were used to make moulds for slip-cast earthenware vessels and served as inspiration for a series of ‘raku’ experiments, fired in a homemade kiln. The resulting artworks are representations of an environment frequently reshaped by fire, and the diverse life which emerges from it.


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia
(02) 6333 6555


Bathurst Region
Visual arts

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