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.
It's free to submit your local events. (Use the 'Submit' option under the 'Whats On' menu at the top of the page).
For maps and details of museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art go to the Culture Maps Central NSW menu.

Enemy Aliens: The Dunera boys in Orange, 1941

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Exhibition: 19 November 2022 – 23 April 2023
This exhibition tells the little-known story of the time the Dunera boys spent at the Orange Showground in 1941 and features artworks created during their internment. Many are drawn from the archives of relatives and private lenders, as well as never-before-seen works from a recently acquired collections held by the State Library of NSW. This project was developed and curated by Dr Seumas Spark, Adjunct Fellow in History at Monash University, Emeritus Professor Andrew Mcnamara from the Queensland University of Technology and translator Kate Garrett, in conjunction with Orange Regional Museum.

Free

Feathers, Fur, Flowers & Faces

Alby + Esters, Mudgee 61 Market St, Mudgee, NSW

New exhibition opening tomorrow from local artist Felicity Cavanough. Felicity creates intricate wire sculptures & paints a variety of subjects, inspired by every-day moments.

A New Perspective: NIGEL WHITE & JACK WHITE

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

This exhibition is an accumulation of memories committed to the subconscious, portrayed from his studio looking over the docks of Newcastle.
He is working mainly in watercolours - gouche and acrylics

Get up! Stand up! Show up!

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Meet some of our local achievers living this year’s national NAIDOC theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! in a new photographic foyer exhibition from 29 October. Produced in conjunction with the Orange NAIDOC Week Committee, with photography by Jason French and artwork by Kylie Tarleton, this exhibition celebrates members of the Orange Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community working for justice, equality, community and culture, as well as those who are leading by example through achievements across a range of fields.

Next Gen Portrait Prize

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

This exhibition will run as a satellite show in the upstairs gallery spaces at Mudgee Arts Precinct in conjunction with the Inaugural MAP Portrait Prize 2022.

Free entry

Still Life

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

This selection of works from Orange Regional Gallery’s Collection presents various approaches to the still life genre. Ranging from works on paper, painting, photography and ceramics, each is an invitation to imagine the daily life and narratives of the objects, artists, and times from which they were made.

Free entry

Collection Highlights and Recent Acquisitions

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

This exhibition includes recent acquisitions by John Olsen OAM, Elisabeth Cummings, Peter Boggs, Kevin Connor, Rachel Ellis, Hendrik Kolenberg, Margaret Loy Pula, Mandy Martin, Arthur McIntyre, Mavis Ngallametta, Tom Polo, David Serisier, Tim Storrier, Aida Tomescu and John R Walker. These are shown alongside collection highlights.

From the Studio, the Artists of Hill End

Hill End Art Gallery Beyers Ave, Hill End, NSW

Exhibition will be opened by Sarah Gurich - Director of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 10 December 2-4pm.

Marang Connections Calendar of Free Events

Marang Connections is a free 12-month program aiming to increase resilience, wellbeing and social connections for disadvantaged and disengaged young people aged 8-16 years. Young people will be offered one workshop/session per month facilitated by professional and reputable organisations to promote marang (well/good - Wiradjuri) lifestyles and connections.

Mudgee Arts Precinct Portrait Prize

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

MAP received nearly 400 entries for the inaugural MAP Portrait Prize. MAP Portrait Prize was open to submissions in all media to artists at any level of their artistic practice from beginners right through to arts professionals encouraged to enter.

Free entry

Connections: The Artist/Master Printer

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

The exhibition Connection, Artist/Master Printer, introduces the individual and collaborative practice of Basil Hall, artist and founder of Basil Hall Editions; Michael Kempson, artist and founder of Cicada Press; and Ron McBurnie, artist and publisher of Monsoon Publishing. I have worked with them for many years and have grown to respect them for the sheer talent of their work and the causes that drive them to produce work as artist printmakers and master printers.

Free entry

Woodworking Course

Molong Molong, NSW

How you can make a Windsor Stool.
Using traditional hand tools learn how to make a beautiful stool from green wood logs.

Laurence Edwards

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

One of the few sculptors who casts his own work, Laurence Edwards is fascinated by human anatomy and the metamorphosis of form and matter that governs the lost-wax process. His sculptures express the raw liquid power of bronze, its versatility, mass and evolution, and the variety of process marks he retains tell the story of how and why each work came to be.

Ikuko Fugisawa

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

‘NEW BEGINNINGS’ BY GRENFELL ARTISTS INC

Grenfell Art Gallery 88 Main Street, Grenfell, NSW

The title expresses that after the Covid hiatus we have sprung back to life with renewed energy and vigour and a refreshed motivation to create new and different artworks.

While the World Waits Exhibition (Orange)

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

In 2022, artists from across the Central West have been asked to use the CD as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work. This unique opportunity for regional visual artists to create artworks in response to regional music has been a labour of love for Arts OutWest. While the World Waits Exhibition is a curated exhibition in which selected artists each respond to one or more tracks, title or words on the album.
The exhibition will showcase work from across all mediums. You will see painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.

Boxed: an exhibition in four parts

Kandos Projects 18 Angus Avenue, Kandos, NSW

Textile artist Leanne Wicks, Professor of Taxinema (Latin for  'yarning appearance') of Songlark University, presents a museological exposition of endangered bird species local to the region of Kandos, and associated Capertee and Cudgegong Valleys. She is also renowned for her behavioural studies of the cockatoos that have learnt to open her green bin. (Songlark University is an affiliate of KSCA, the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation)

Free
Recurring

Trundle Film Society

The Staging Post Trundle, NSW

Annual membership $100. Contact john.lagerlow@gmail.com or 0408 022 571.

Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize

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

The landmark exhibition Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize explores the prize across its history, revealing fascinating stories behind 100 carefully selected artworks. It uncovers changes in society in engaging ways, enabling people to experience how artistic styles and approaches to portraiture have changed over a century.

JOHN DALY: reCLAYm

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

Using the transformative power of the kiln to reclaim and reuse waste materials, the resulting works in reCLAYm are a manifesto for an innovative and environmentally aware approach to art making. Daly aims to inspire others to creatively reuse that which was considered useless, and to add his own ripples to this new wave of action and debate amongst artistic practitioners.  

Celebrating NSW Seniors Festival

Bathurst Bathurst, NSW

Bathurst will celebrate the NSW Seniors Festival from 1 February to 12 February with a variety of events and activities for seniors to enjoy.

Festival of Seniors (Parkes)

Parkes Shire Library 25 Bogan Street, PARKES, NSW

Celebrate all things seniors this February at Parkes Shire Library's Festival of Seniors. Come along this February to an author talk by Margaret Dwyer, your very own library lock-in and celebrate with a photo board of your life from 1975 and music in the library on Throwback Tuesdays and Thursdays. See the full festivities below and remember to contact us to make sure you don't miss out!

Artists Talk: Laurence Edwards

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Developed in partnership with Messums Wiltshire, A Gathering of Uncertainties presents the culmination of 10 years of work by British sculptor Laurence Edwards. This is the first comprehensive survey of Edwards’ work to be shown in Australia, offering a rare encounter with one of the UK’s leading figurative artists.

Parkes Festival of Seniors: Author Talk

Parkes Shire Library 25 Bogan Street, PARKES, NSW

The Parkes Shire Library Festival of Seniors kicks off this week on Wednesday 1st February. Join us this Friday, 3rd February at 6:00pm for our first BIG event of the festival, an Author Talk with local author Margaret Dwyer! For full event details and to book your spot please contact the library on 02 6861 2309.

 

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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