Regional Arts Development Central West NSW


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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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Pat Ford – Pride of Orange

Sat 1 May - Thu 28 October

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Celebrating the career of a remarkable Orange sportsman, this exhibiton features rarely seen photographs, film footage and sporting memorabilia.

Kandos Projects: Kero, Fat Man and Leverne the Old FJ

Mon 14 June - Fri 30 July

KANDOS. Pop-up window exhibition of Wart's 'Fat Man in the Bath'

Sally Coppard Retrospective

Sat 19 June - Fri 30 July

BATHURST. Sally's take on surrealism focused on aquatic life - real and imagined - is unique. Her use of colour is vibrant and harmonious. 


Sun 20 June - Sun 1 August

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. ARTEXPRESS 2021 features a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the art-making component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts in 2020 – a challenging year – and provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them

Anything Goes

Tue 29 June - Thu 29 July

PLATYPUS GALLERY, FORBES. When it comes to art, creativity is limitless 

Inside Voices

Mon 5 July - Sat 31 July

COWRA JAPANESE GARDENS, COWRA. Collage, Photography and Watercolours, INSIDE VOICES  is a solo art exhibition of recent work by Shani Nottingham . The exhibition contains a mixture of collages using photography, imaged from old books, furniture trimmings, paper ephemera and hand-cut watercolour paper.

Karla Dickens – Mother’s Little Helpers

Tue 13 July - Sat 18 September

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. In February 2019, Lismore-based Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens was invited to collaborate with Bruce Pascoe as part of a project called An Artist, A Farmer & a Scientist Walk into a Bar. The project was initiated by the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, an organisation committed to supporting creative practices that respond to cultural change across a broad range of disciplines. The work that Dickens and Pascoe produced, Mother’s Little Helpers, focused on the urgent need to protect and conserve the land and to cease the many destructive practices that are threatening our environment.


Sat 24 July - Sun 3 October

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Go behind the scenes of the groundbreaking sci-fi series. Explore First Nations storytelling, language and creativity in production design, costumes and props. This exhibition invites you to listen-first and immerse yourself in a powerful and contemporary expression of origin stories.

Whimsy – Josephine Jagger-Manners

Mon 26 July - Sat 4 September

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. The inspiration for the exhibition WHIMSY comes from the colours in the fields and paddocks around Orange and the Central West as each season changes.
The semi abstract landscapes are imagined each with a point on an horizon that the viewer is encouraged to follow a path through the painting towards its horizon

Views and Realms – Art Exhibition

Fri 30 July - Wed 8 September

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. A collection of works by Dubbo based artist Frits Bos. An inspired journey of self-reflection. The centrepiece of this exhibition is a stunning self-portrait giving an insight into the many aspects which have influenced Frits in his creative work. His VIEWS and RELEAMS exhibition features a collection of Australian Landscapes, portrait, sculpture and some fanciful pieces just for laughs.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Greatest Hits Tour – Orange – CANCELLED

Fri 30 July at 8:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Thomas Crane and his band Bohemian Rhapsody bring back to life the visual excitement and stage energy for which Queen are renowned. 

Emil and the Detectives – Bathurst – CANCELLED

Sat 31 July - Mon 2 August

BMEC, BATHURST. Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?

Myall Creek and Beyond

Sat 31 July - Sun 19 September

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. On the afternoon of Sunday 10 June 1838, a group of eleven convicts and ex-convict stockmen led by a squatter, brutally slaughtered a group of twenty-eight Aboriginal men, women and children who were camped peacefully at the station of Myall Creek in the New England region. 180 years after these events a group of Indigenous contemporary artists created works which explore the issues and complexities of this significant historic event and its aftermath locally and nationally

At The End Of The Land: Samuel James and Tayla Rubin – CANCELLED

Sat 31 July - Sun 19 September

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. This haunting holographic video installation by Samuel James with performer/writer Talya Rubi resulted from a residency the pair undertook in 2019 in Hill End which investigates experience of transcendence of real space through experimentations with contemporary spirit photography/videography.

Another World: Colin Fenn & Karin Smith

Sat 31 July - Sat 18 September

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Bathurst based artists Colin Fenn and Karin Smith have been collaborating for over a decade, both working within sculpture and bronze casting. Each artist has developed their own unique style and approach to figurative bronze; an artistic tradition stretching back thousands of years.

Ben Quilty: Painting the Shadows – CANCELLED

Sat 31 July - Sun 19 September

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST.  Ben Quilty’s monumental Myall Creek Rorschach painting confronts Australia’s colonial past and challenges contemporary notions of history, place, and national identity. In 2019, Quilty attended the Myall Creek Memorial to commemorate the unprovoked massacre of twentyeight Wirrayaraay women, children and men by a group of stockmen on Myall Creek Station in 1838. Local elders Aunty Sue Blacklock and the late Uncle Lyall Munro gave permission for the artist to tell the story of this pivotal event through his painting.

Paddy Fordham Wainburranga: Recent Acquisitions

Sat 31 July - Sun 19 September

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Paddy Fordham Wainburranga (1932 - 2006) was a dancer, painter, printmaker, sculptor of the Dhuwa moiety and Rembarrnga mythologies dreaming, born at Bandibu (or Bamdibu/ Bumdubu) (in Arnhem Land, the Northern Territory, Australia). Wainburranga’s painted and printed subject matter includes ancestral stories as well as political and social changes experienced, and incorporates iconography from both Aboriginal and European cultures. He painted, printed and sculpted spirit figures such as the Balangjangalan Spirit, an ancestral spirit, and Mimi Spirits.

Orange Readers and Writers Festival – CANCELLED

Sat 31 July at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

ORANGE. Meet a fantastic line up of authors at this intimate Readers and Writers Festival at Orange

Bohemian Rhapsody – Greatest Hits Tour – Bathurst

Sat 31 July at 8:00 pm

PANTHERS, BATHURST. Thomas Crane and his band Bohemian Rhapsody bring back to life the visual excitement and stage energy for which Queen are renowned. 

Author Talk: Tony Park

Tue 3 August at 6:00 pm

BATHURST LIBRARY, BATHURST. Hear best-selling author Tony Park discuss his 19th thriller/action novel, written during lockdown

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