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. Use the contact or ticketing details listed with each event.

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Collection Highlights and Recent Acquisitions

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Recent additions presented in this exhibition include works by Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Catherine O’Donnell, Anna Kristensen, Steve Lopes, Grace Cossington Smith, Roland Wakelin, Enid Cambridge, Justin O’Brien, Kevin Connor, Margaret Loy Pula, Tom Polo, Mavis Ngallametta, Tim Storrier and Aida Tomescu. These are shown alongside collection highlights.

Inherit: old and new histories

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

The Inherit: old and new histories bring together both familiar and less well-known stories from across the Central West.

Exploring the region’s history, the exhibition highlights big events and significant personalities, as well as the lives and experiences of everyday people.

Told through more than 100 objects, these are the stories that have shaped the region's past and present.

Sculpture Down the Lachlan

Sculpture Down the Lachlan is a permanent, inland public art trail stretching 100 kilometres between Forbes and Condobolin, along the meandering Lachlan River.  Featuring twenty sculptures by some of Australia’s leading creatives. Sculpture Down the Lachlan | Forbes

Orange 412: A history of our local fire brigade

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Formed in 1869 after a terrible fire gutted the Nelson Bros warehouse on Byng Street, the Orange Volunteer Fire Brigade – today known as Orange 412 – has a long tradition of serving the community and saving lives.

Join us for a hands-on exploration of the fascinating history of our local fire brigade. This family-friendly exhibition includes kids’ dress-ups, playful storytelling, and an interactive fire truck, alongside stunning images and historical firefighting equipment.

Exhibition: ‘Flux’

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

FLUX, Euan Macleod presents a series of recent en plain air paintings made on Haupapa Tasman Glacier in New Zealand’s South Island, alongside a suite of studio works whose grand scale emulates their site of inspiration.

FLUX also includes 200 works from an ongoing series Macleod has made of his friend Geoff Dixon. The portraits, created almost daily over the FaceTime app, began in 2021 during Covid lockdowns as a way of maintaining a connection with Geoff, who had recently lost his partner.

Greetings from Orange

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

For more than a century, Orange has offered travellers and holidaymakers a refreshing alternative to a coastal escape.

Take a look at the colourful history of our local tourist travel, accommodation, hospitality, and leisure offerings, as well as the development of regional promotion.

Youth Hub Term 1 Activities

Orange Youth Hub 33 Garema Road, Orange, NSW, Australia

The Orange Youth Hub is open Tuesday to Thursday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm and Friday afternoons from 4pm to 7pm during term 1.

Young people aged 12 to 24 years are invited to drop in and join a range of activities.

Free

Exhibition: ‘Living on the Land’ by Sue Hodge and David Brown

Grenfell Art Gallery 88 Main Street, Grenfell, NSW, Australia

David and Sue grew up as best friends in the Grenfell area and feel privileged and excited to combine their talents and present to you this Exhibition.

It is hoped that all who view it will come away with a deeper appreciation for Living on the Land.

Free

Exhibition: ‘Make Believe (Once upon a Time in Waspasia)’

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Victor Gordon poses uneasy questions about the concept of a ‘lucky country’ and delves into a wide range of social issues.

Gordon draws inspiration from personal experiences and the social and political undercurrents from the past and present. As a socially engaged artist he opposes nationalism with a focus on social justice.

Exhibition: ‘Bloom’

The Peisley St Gallery, Orange 54 Peisley St Gallery, Orange, NSW, Australia

BLOOM: a state or time of beauty, freshness and vigor.

Enjoy the creative floral work of Larissa BLAKE, Mary Ann MEIN, Rhonda CAMPBELL, Jamila HUME, Roslyn CRAIG, Loretta BLAKE and Helena McCONOCHIE.

Exhibition: ‘Guwayu – For All Time’

Mudgee Arts Precinct 90 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

This powerful exhibition of First Nations artists illuminates and honours the past we have inherited and looks to the future we will leave behind.

Guwayu: for all time will showcase the meta-temporal nature of Australia’s history where the past, present and future exist together.

Free

Group Exhibition at Dirty Janes

Dirty Janes 98 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

The Corner Store Gallery has just opened a second exhibition space at the brand new Dirty Janes in Orange.

You can explore an eclectic mix of vintage and antique furniture, retro collectibles, books, art, records, toys, jewellery, clothing, and so much more all in one place.

Season One: Terrestrial

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) announces the launch of our inaugural Seasons program, with Season One: Terrestrial.
A world of wonder, magic, and leaps of imagination may be just what it takes to understand the past and reimagine the future. Artists of Season One: Terrestrial explore the terrestrial plane of our planet through the lenses of history, consumer culture, science fiction and fabulism, taking us on a larger-than-life journey through familiar and unfamiliar landscapes. Time fades as we are silenced for a moment to ponder, what do we know about our natural world and how is it that we came to know it?

FREE

Exhibition: ‘A Love Affair with Line’

little magpie gallery 53 Kendal Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

The magic and mystery of line. Sweeping lines, getting lost in the minutiae, quick energetic or measured and slow. So much to love.

A group show.

9 to 5 – The Musical

Union Theatre, Lithgow 67 Bridge Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Meet Violet, Judy, and Doralee – three office warriors ready to take on the world (and their boss). When the insufferable Franklin Hart pushes them too far, they tie him up (literally) and transform the workplace. Longer lunch breaks, childcare services, and a dash of revenge – it’s all in a day’s work.

$27.50 – $32.50

Heart Place – A Group Exhibition

The Corner Store Gallery, Orange 382 Summer Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Four artists with a shared history of common ground explore connection to place, the concept of feeling at one with a landscape, and the ways these bring us together.

Through their works in paper, silver and photography, and woven with the written word, the artists each interpret the land and nature as the core of belonging. The exhibition ponders vast landscapes with the minutiae of life they nurture, and the way these are carried in our identities and personal stories.

Julia Griffin & Stephen King Exhibition ‘From the Land’

Rosby Wines, Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Mudgee 122 Strikes Ln, Eurunderee, NSW, Australia

Experience the dynamic artistry of Julia Griffin and Stephen King at Rosby Gallery.
Julia, a respected painter and printmaker from rural Walcha, NSW, showcases her profound oils with unmatched finesse. Meanwhile, Stephen, an acclaimed artist and sculptor, presents awe-inspiring timber creations. With accolades from major exhibitions nationwide, Stephen's works, crafted with a chainsaw, captivate with intricate details.

Moving forward by looking back: Memory, Nostalgia and connection to place

t.arts Gallery, Bathurst 47 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Sarah Lugton grew up in Bathurst and now lives in Melbourne. This exhibition expresses her memories of Bathurst as she was growing  up. Her compositions use shape, line, colour, texture and value to create a visual language that conveys emotion and meaning.

free

Author Talk – Tania Blanchard

Bathurst Library 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Join author Tania Blanchard for a discussion on her new historical fiction A Woman of Courage, a story of the fight for women’s suffrage in England.

Free

Songbirds with Angie Day

Canobolas Dance Hall, Orange Canobolas Rd, Canobolas, NSW, Australia

Get ready for a night filled with iconic covers from legendary artists such as The Divinyls, Carole King, Blondie, Olivia Newton-John, Whitney Houston, and many more.

Come along to The Canobolas Dance Hall for an unforgettable evening of live music and entertainment.

$45
Event Series Cabonne Pop Choir

Cabonne Pop Choir

St Johns Church Hall 42 Edward Street, Molong, NSW, Australia

All welcome: all ages, all abilities. 

Sing great songs, meet new people, become a better singer, feel good and have fun.

Rehearsals every Thursday. 

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is reawakened in this breathless production brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem.

This production is quick as a shadow. Fast, funny and family-friendly, this is A Midsummer Night’s Dream reimagined.

$30 – $52

Brad Cox with Special Guests

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Australian music sensation Brad Cox is thrilled to announce his upcoming solo tour, “Yarns and Yodels” set to captivate audiences across regional Australia. Inspired by the 50 or so sold-out solo shows Brad performed during lockdown, he will be taking to the theatre stage to perform beloved Coxy favourites, both new and old, and hopefully get a few laughs in the process.

Heart for Clay Pottery Classes

Heart for Clay 103 Havannah Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Hand building and wheel instruction. Price includes clay and firing.

Classes available either individually or with a friend or two. 

$50.00

Live at the Country Club

The Country Club Park Road, Orange, NSW, Australia

Join in Friday afternoons with some barefoot bowls and live acoustic tunes.

 

The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Event listings 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.

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