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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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.

Karla Dickens – Mother’s Little Helpers

Tue 13 July - Sun 7 November

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.

Myall Creek and Beyond

Sat 31 July - Sun 7 November

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

Another World: Colin Fenn & Karin Smith

Sat 31 July - Sun 7 November

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.

Paddy Fordham Wainburranga: Recent Acquisitions

Sat 31 July - Sun 7 November

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.

Stories from Homedale

Sat 7 August 2021, - Sun 9 January 2022,

MUDGEE ARTS PRECINCT, MUDGEE. The inaugural exhibition’Stories from Homedale’ by @guy_maestri will be opening to the public on 7 August as scheduled but in a COVID-safe environment.

The Matriarch

Mon 4 October - Sun 31 October

JUMBLED, ORANGE. Amanda is a Wiradjuri artist from Wagga Wagga who uses art to express her thoughts and values. This exhibition, 'The Matriarch' explores every aspect of the modern woman - from the mental burden to the dynamic of friendships.

Music in Parkes in October

Fri 15 October - Sat 6 November

PARKES. Local artists performing across Parkes.

Jason McDonald – The Roo, the Magpie and Friends

Wed 20 October - Sat 30 October

CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. In this most recent collection, Jason presents a delightful portrait series of his orphan animals - Loppy the kangaroo, Squeaker the magpie, Holly the honeyeater and Little Pipit. All rescued on the farm, they soon ingratiated into both home and heart providing pure talent for a quick photographer. We follow their free for all amongst the memorabilia of the lovingly restored Shearer’s Cottage Jason calls home. The stylised monochromatic compositions contrasted with colourful vintage objects and fresh cut flowers from his garden lead us to examine nostalgic notions of childhood, memory, colour and play

Contours: Interpretations of Australian Landscapes

Fri 22 October - Wed 1 December

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. This exhibition presents subjective, observational and conceptual interpretations of the natural environment through painting, drawing, textiles and mixed media.

Child’s Play: Growing up in Orange in the 1950s and 1960s

Sat 23 October 2021, - Sun 20 March 2022,

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. This collaboration between the Orange Regional Museum and the Orange & District Historical Society melds large-scale historical images with toys and familiar objects from the era, multimedia presentations and hands-on interactives for young ones and the young at heart.

Wine and Line – Life Drawing

Wed 27 October at 7:00 pm

KEYSTONE, BATHURST. Experience life drawing in a luxurious heritage theatre and boutique bar. $30 includes a glass of wine and art materials. Bring a friend!

Book Launch: Claudia Harrison

Fri 29 October at 10:30 am - 11:30 am

COWRA LIBRARY, COWRA. Join us to support local author Claudia Harrison launch Leading Me to You.

Future Tunes returns to Robertson Park

Fri 29 October at 4:30 pm

The free, live concerts are the perfect way to unwind on a Friday evening with friends and family while supporting our local musicians. Gates open at 4.30pm and music begins at 5pm. Bring a picnic blanket and purchase delicious food and drinks from a range of vendors. The event is ticketed due to COVID-19 restrictions and tickets are now available from Ticketek.

Brush & Giggle, Paint & Sip – Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

Fri 29 October at 6:30 pm

ORANGE. Our sugar skull designs have an option of a Frida Kahlo theme, or a Skull in a Top Hat design, your choice. Everything you need is supplied, just BYO drink & nibbles of choice and enjoy a couple hours of laughs and relaxation. No painting experience needed!

Dane Simpson & Special Guests

Fri 29 October at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

COWRA CIVIC CENTRE, COWRA. It’s time to laugh-out-loud! And who better to get you laughing that the very funny, Dane Simpson and his line-up of special guests.

Women Round the World Mini Film Festival

Sat 30 October - Sun 31 October

COWRA CIVIC CENTRE, COWRA. Four international hit films exploring stories about women from different worlds.

Comedy Workshop

Sat 30 October at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

COWRA CIVIC CENTRE, COWRA. Join professional comedian Dane Simpson for a 2-hour comedy workshop and try out your funny stuff. Discover your own style, how to write material and how to start doing gigs.

Calleen Art Award 2021

Sun 31 October - Sun 5 December

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The Calleen Art Award is a major Gallery event and a favourite annual exhibition with Cowra and district audiences and visitors to the region. This celebrated acquisitive art prize is open to original contemporary paintings in any style or subject and its ongoing development as a nationally significant and prestigious art award is due to the support of the Calleen Trust providing prize money of $25,000 for 2021. 

Australian Copyright Council Webinars

Mon 1 November - Fri 12 November

ONLINE. Learn about the key copyright ideas concerning your industry, to help you identify and action issues as they arise.

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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