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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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

DARK: Steven Cavanagh & Wendy Sharpe

Sat 10 April - Sun 30 May

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Steven Cavanagh and Wendy Sharpe have been friends for a decade. Their work can be viewed as a dialogue between two artists who explore the drama of light and dark using different mediums. "We see this use of darkness in our work as a physical and psychological space that speaks to the human condition and the artists' experience." It is here that their work collides

Hardenvale: Our Home in Absurdia

Sat 10 April - Sun 30 May

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Hardenvale – our home in Absurdia is a real-scale, immersive, house-like environment by Australian artists Catherine O'Donnell, Kellie O'Dempsey and Todd Fuller. Through drawing, projection, built form, sound and movement, this collaborative project references the architecture of post war fibro housing as well as spaces the group describe as 'the cultural fringe of Australia'

Peter Spilsbury:

Sat 10 April - Sun 30 May

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. The works featured in are made entirely of recycled materials, mostly found in and around his large garden. With minimal intervention and minimal manipulation, Spilsbury seeks to energise these materials and objects, always slightly confusing and slightly ambiguous

The Visitor – Scott Marr

Fri 16 April - Wed 2 June

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. Scott Marr is a blue mountains-based artist who’s medium is painting, drawing and he recently started exploring sculpture through steel, timber and glass. Marr explores bio-metamorphosis through surrealism and abstraction. In his show ‘The Visitor’ he hopes to take visitors on a journey of the metamorphic nature of impermanence.

Exhibition Pagoda

Thu 29 April - Sun 20 June

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Anne Graham - Installation. Boyd Mcmillan - Artist Ink/Watercolour. To be included in exhibition, a selection of Photographs focusing on iconic regional imagery.

Boyd McMillan Exhibition

Thu 29 April - Sun 20 June

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Boyd's work starts from the immediacy of drawing and develops in the application of media and techniques available in the studio to convey the experience of change in landscape and explore resonance through metaphor.

Jim Turner Retrospective

Fri 30 April - Fri 11 June

BATHURST. A comprehensive selection of artworks from Jim's 50 year career as an artist and illustrator will be on display. Including Jim's Landscapes, Watercolours, Wood Sculpture and Abstract Expressionist Paintings. 

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.

Cowra Cancer Action Group – Locals for Locals Exhibition

Sun 2 May - Mon 31 May

COWRA JAPANESE GARDENS, COWRA. It’s all about Local Artist helping Locals with their Cancer journey, whether it be with buying equipment for the Cowra oncology unit or supporting Community Chest with ongoing donations.


Mon 3 May - Sat 12 June

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. 'Wildscapes' is a series of pastel works capturing the unique luminosity and vastness of the wildness of our landscape.

Platform Arts Hub – At the Station Exhibition

Sat 8 May - Sat 29 May

PLATFORM ARTS HUB, BLAYNEY. Open to artists from across the NSW Central West.

The Twitchers Group Exhibition

Sat 8 May - Tue 15 June

ROSBY GALLERY, EURUNDEREE. The Twitchers brings together works by three regional artists, bird watchers and members of the extended Rosby family. While depicting birds through hanging and sculptural works is the common theme, each artist filters their own connection to the native and local species that flitter through their environments. 

Out of This World: Australia in the Space Age

Sat 15 May - Sun 18 July

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Welcome to the dawn of the space age. From the 1950s through to the 1970s, Australia was gripped with excitement as humanity made its first forays beyond Earth’s atmosphere. From cutting edge scientific research to architecture, design, television and more, Out of this world explores Australia’s role in the space race.

Tim Winters – Ridgeway

Wed 19 May - Sat 29 May

CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. The Ridgeway is one of the ancient roads criss-crossing Britain, connecting places of significant spiritual importance. The exhibition explores the nature of memory and place.

Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards

Thu 20 May - Sat 12 June

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. An exhibition not to be missed! Presented by the Cowra Art Group Inc and hosted by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards are open to regional artists living within 100 kilometres from Cowra, including Young, Boorowa, Grenfell, Parkes, Forbes, Bathurst, Orange and Canowindra.

Animal Farm – Orange

Thu 20 May at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2020.

Classic Album Night – West Coast 70s

Thu 20 May at 6:00 pm
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One event on Thu 1 July 2021, at 6:00 pm

THE VICTORIA, BATHURST. Showcasing the biggest hits of The Eagles, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, The Doobie Brothers and many many more.

Factory Espresso Comedy – Peter Berner

Fri 21 May

ORANGE. Peter Berner is returning to Factory Espresso Comedy for ONE NIGHT ONLY Friday 21st May.

Audition Notice for the 2021 production of The Tempest

Fri 21 May - Sun 23 May

BATHURST. Bathurst Shakespeare Players are doing The Tempest as their show this November at Abercrombie House

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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West. These events are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Many events listed here have been originally shared by the organisers on social media. Whilst all care is taken – and accuracy is our priority – we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. Contact the event organisers listed for more details or to book tickets. If you have submitted an event and want to make changes just email us at