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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Sat 9 April - Sun 5 June


The drought which spread throughout Australia in the early 1950s was considered at the time to be the worst in the living memory. Waterways that had been flowing for over a century had dried up, turning the once fertile terrain inhospitable, and crippling agricultural communities across the country.

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.

Drought features a selection of paintings loaned from the Geoffrey Hassall Collection, alongside evocative photographs from the Benalla Art Gallery collection.

A BRAG Exhibition

IMAGES: © The Sidney Nolan Trust. All rights reserved. DACS/Copyright Agency, 2021
Left: Sidney Nolan, Carcass of Ram 1953, oil and enamel paint on composition board, 121.3 x 90.8 cm, Hassall Collection, Warrang/Sydney,
Centre: Sidney Nolan, Drought 1953, oil and enamel paint on board, 91 x 121.5 cm, Hassall Collection, Warrang/Sydney
Right: Sidney Nolan, Untitled (calf carcass in tree) 1952, archival inkjet print, 23 x 23 cm. Gift of the Friends of Benalla Art Gallery, 2004


Sat 9 April
Sun 5 June
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Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG)
02 6333 6555
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Bathurst Region
Visual arts
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Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia
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(02) 6333 6555
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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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