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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Winhanganha Mayiny

Sat 4 December 2021, - Sun 5 June 2022,

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. Over 2020 and 2021 renowned Australian portrait photographer Gary Grealy worked with Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council and Orange Regional Gallery to create a series of portraits of members of the Orange Aboriginal community. Named Winhanganha (to think, know, remember) Mayiny (people), the project celebrates the importance of shared knowledge and leadership in community.

Inherit: old and new histories

Sat 1 January - Fri 7 October

Inherit: old and new histories brings 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 our past and present.

Creative Dementia Workshops

Mon 17 January - Mon 20 June

LITHGOW. Fortnightly workshops that focus on art, music and mindfulness.

Sunday Jam – Open Mic & Live Music

Sun 30 January - Sun 29 May

CORRONATION HOTEL, PORTLAND. Every Sunday afternoon from 2pm, the Coronation Hotel in Portland hosts 'Sunday Jam' - an Open Mic & Live Music afternoon.

Ukelele or Hand Drumming with Harmonie Group Facilitation

Tue 1 March - Wed 30 November

This Beginner learning opportunity runs continuously throughout the year every fortnight. I can supply the instrument pack, with the pack the cost is $100 and includes the instrument, instructional videos and a live online lesson. 

William Kentridge: I am not me, the horse is not mine

Sat 26 March - Sun 26 June

One of the most powerful voices in art today, William Kentridge emerged as an artist during the apartheid regime in South Africa. Grounded in the violent absurdity of that period in his country’s history, his artworks draw connections between art, ideology, history and memory. They reveal the ways in which ideas and images echo across time and between different cultures.

Windsor Chair Making Course Dates 2022

Sat 2 April - Sat 17 September

MOLONG.With Geoff Tonkin, craftsman, musician, teacher.

A Brief History of Mudgee: Michael Burke

Fri 8 April - Sun 26 June

Michael Bourke is a highly talented artist and educator, whose work investigates the local landscape through the lens of a true larrikin. The painterly landscapes, which often pay homage to great Australian artists, reimagine the history of Mudgee and the Mid-Western region, poking fun at the establishment through his playful eye and sharp wit.


Fri 8 April - Sun 26 June

Mudgee artist, Pamela Welsh is presenting a series of beautifully detailed sculptures based around the extraordinary life of Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, who was convinced she had swallowed a glass grand piano as a child.

How Cities Work

Sat 9 April - Sun 17 July

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Explore the city inside and out, top to bottom in a whole new way at How Cities Work. From skyscrapers to underground networks, this interactive family exhibition reveals the secret workings of our busy urban centres

Nicola Mason: Cycle

Sat 9 April - Sun 5 June

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. For artist Nicola Mason, staying home through recent lockdowns has suited her creative lifestyle. In her domestic setting, nostalgic household appliances, loved kids’ toys, and finds from her daily walks with her four-legged friends all make appearances in the theatre of her still-life works. Here she challenges the still-life genre where subjects are traditionally presented as binary, instead blurring the boundaries between the natural world and the man-made.

Robert Hirschmann: Past Night

Sat 9 April - Sun 5 June

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Past Night explores rebirth — the trauma of loss, of mentors, of loved ones, of a home carefully crafted by hand, the dislocation of moving and more pertinently, the fire and security of love and the slow beginnings of connection to a new place.

Hui Selwood: Cubi and Other Passage

Sat 9 April - Sun 5 June

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Hill End-based sculptor Hui Selwood presents a collection of painted steel sculptures of an abstract nature. In drawing inspiration from American sculptor David Smith's final series of geometric stainless-steel works titled Cubi, Selwood cites their significance in their ability to illustrate not only the great pursuit of geometric abstract composition but also their nod to a figurative nature.


Sat 9 April - Sun 5 June

In 1952, artist Sidney Nolan was commissioned by The Courier Mail newspaper to photograph its deadly effects on northern Queensland’s stock routes. Nolan’s drought paintings and drawings are a direct response to this photographic series depicting the emaciated carcasses of horses and cattle. Nolan likened their plight to the inhabitants of Pompeii: trapped in time and frozen in position in the barren landscape.

More than tea and scones

Sat 9 April - Thu 27 October

Celebrating one hundred years of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales, take a behind-the-scenes look at our local and regional CWA branches to discover the remarkable work, passion and community service performed by country women, for country women, over the past century.

Soaking in the Views by Dave Young – Art Exhibition

Sat 16 April - Sat 11 June

For the first exhibition since the pandemic began, the Gallery is excited to feature Dave Young’s initial exhibition, “Soaking in the Views”.

Young Archies (new dates)

Fri 22 April - Sat 21 May

COWRA REGIONAL GALLERY, COWRA. The Cowra Young Archie competition celebrates the creativity of young artists between the ages of five and 18from Cowra, Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Orange, Wedding and Hilltops LGAs. This years entries explore portraiture with artists encouraged to paint a portrait of someone special to them

Exhibition – Road Trip

Tue 26 April - Sat 4 June

An amazing group of artists each doing their ‘thing’, their signature style, from their 'patch' of our Australian homeland

While the World Waits Exhibition (Grenfell)

Thu 28 April - Wed 1 June

While the World Waits touring exhibition is packed up and heading to Grenfell for the second leg of a 12 month tour.
The launch includes a half hour session of original music by Brent Cartwright and Luke Armstrong from BC and the Foot Falcons at 6.30-7pm.
Gus Armstrong l Laura Baker l Helen Carpenter l Steven Cavanagh l Gemma Clipsham l Heather Dunn l Lise Edwards l Harrie Fasher l Robert Hirschmann l Cate McCarthy l Hugh McKinnon l Christine McMillan l Shani Nottingham l Timothy Seager l Henry Simmons & River Yarners l Bridget Thomas l Jane Tonks l Heather Vallance l Stephan de Wit.

Derek Whitehead: Figuring the Human

Sat 30 April - Sun 12 June

This selection of works from over twenty-five years of creative practice is a series of meditations on the human form, drawn from observation and imagination.

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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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