Regional Arts Development Central West NSW


Welcome to our 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.
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Tue 9 February - Tue 30 March

BMEC, BATHURST. Compareo is BMECs new inclusive arts program, providing an exciting opportunity for people with disabilities to explore performance skills

Just Not Australian

Fri 12 February - Mon 5 April

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Just Not Australian presents Australian practitioners at the forefront of national debate and practice. Drawing together 20 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, their differing ideas and perspectives on nationhood coexist within this timely thematic show. Showcasing the common sensibilities of satire, larrikinism and resistance so as to present a broad exploration of race, place and belonging, Just Not Australian interrogates what it means to be Australian at this challenging point in time

CONCRETE: art design architecture

Sat 13 February - Sun 21 March

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. This exhibition aims to question our preconceptions of concrete and to consider its functional as well as its expressive, poetic and aesthetic dimensions

Rebecca Wilson: The Kate Kelly Collection

Thu 18 February - Sun 21 March

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Rebecca Wilson’s exhibition retells a visual story of events and folklore inspired by the life and times of Kate Kelly, re-interpreted by the artist to include a collection of portraits based on photos discovered by the artist during her in-depth research over the past five years

Friday Night Lights

Fri 19 February 2021, at 12:00 am - Sat 26 March 2072, at 5:00 pm

ORANGE. Heifer Station Wines is proud to continue its support of the NSW live music scene with a summer series of intimate live music shows on Fridays throughout summer

Casey Chen: Lazy Dynamite

Sat 20 February - Mon 5 April

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Casey's works are both a self-exploration and an homage to the rich and enduring history of Chinese porcelain craft and Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Blending childhood nostalgia with long-standing East Asian ceramic traditions, Chen applies his imagery to hand-thrown plates and vases, which are then fused with geometric patterns from traditional craft and contemporary perspectivve

Rebecca Wilson: A Portrait of Landscape and Time in Hill End and Kate Kelly

Sat 20 February - Mon 5 April

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. In 2010, Forbes-born, Hill End-based artist and writer Rebecca Wilson embarked on comprehensive research and a creative journey to reveal the lesser-known stories of the Central West, with a particular focus on the remote town of Hill End.

TAFE Statement – Introduction to Ceramics

Sat 20 February - Sat 13 March

BATHURST. Introduction to Ceramics is about to commence on the Bathurst Campus. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the foundations of ceramics with Bathurst artist Joel Tonks.   You will explore wheelforming, handforming, glazes and the firing process while developing ideas in ceramics

Jamila Hume

Mon 1 March - Sat 3 April

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. The paintings in this collection encourage a pause from the haste that is our 24/7 life; that the colours, gestural strokes of the palette knife and subject matter remind the viewer of the beauty in our natural environment

A Colourful Palette – Paul McKnight

Fri 5 March - Wed 14 April

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. A Colourful Palette surveys a joyous celebration of watery landscapes and their ever changing seasonal and fleeting atmospheric moods

Portland Art Exhibition

Fri 5 March - Sun 7 March

CRYSTAL THEATRE, PORTLAND. The Portland Art Society Inc. hold an art exhibition every year the first weekend in March and have done so since 1976. In 2010 the 34th exhibition was held and an outstanding number of paintings were sold. The exhibition, which is highly rated in NSW allows a great diversification of artists to present and show their work

Carillon Junior Theatrical Society – Murder Mystery Show

Fri 5 March - Sun 7 March

BATHURST. Each of our performances features 2 separate fantastic comedic plays, a competition AND music from our talented student Liam Gildea

Choose to Challenge Exhibition

Fri 5 March - Sat 20 March

PLATYPUS GALLERY, FORBES. Members of the Forbes Arts Society are celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) as part
of an upcoming exhibition of mixed media work.

Pinot & Picasso – Frida

Sun 7 March at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ORANGE. Enjoy a night of BYO wine and painting as our expert Pinot and Picasso hosts deliver each session with comprehensive step by step instruction with plenty room left for your inner-Picasso to run wild

Keystone 1889’s Mardi Gras Cabaret

Sun 7 March at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

KEYSTONE 1889, BATHURST. Join us for an afternoon of high tea delights and chilled cabaret-style performances reflecting a rainbow of diverse LGBTQIA+ creatives the day after the big night before.


Wed 10 March - Sun 21 March

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. Nostalgia is a collection of oil paintings exploring the strong connection between nostalgia and grief. Naomi (The artist) has sought to explore her own experience through the different lenses of still life, allegory and surrealism

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