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.
Submit your events here (more details about event contributions at the bottom 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 Culture Maps Central NSW.

Inherit: old and new histories Exhibition

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

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 also the lives and experiences of everyday people.


More than tea and scones

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Celebrating one hundred years of CWA NSW, take a behind-the-scenes look at our local and regional CWA branches to discover the remarkable work, passion and community service performed.

MATING DANCE: Anna-Wili Highfield

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Mudgee Arts Precinct is delighted to present Mating Dance by Anna-Wili Highfield, an installation of courtship formations. The sculptures are an homage to the brolga – Australia's principal dancing bird. Suspended like marionettes, the birds are sewn from waxed cotton and have stopped mid-ballet, in a gesture of call, response and mimicry.
Composer and musician Bree Van Reyk has created an accompanying sound piece which will intermittently join the dancing birds with instrumentals inspired by the brolga’s bold trumpeting.


Beyond the Shadow: Catherine O’Donnell

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Beyond the Shadow is a survey exhibition of Catherine O’Donnell’s practice over the last decade. Through drawing, sculpture and installation Catherine pays attention to the geometric detail and abstract forms of mid-century architecture, inviting the viewer to find the aesthetic poetry embedded within ordinary buildings. In Beyond the Shadow Catherine will create her first major installation, a 75% scale replica of a fibro house, expanding upon her ongoing elevation of everyday Australian architecture and social history.


Peisley St Gallery, Orange 54 Peisley St Gallery, Orange, NSW

When two friends with an admiration for each other's work and a love of nature collide. BOTANICALS UP CLOSE LISA STEWART My part of the exhibition is inspired by Herbariums and my fascination on the early documentation of plant species....

Free entry

‘Through the Glimmering Night’ By Sharon Field

Grenfell Art Gallery 88 Main Street, Grenfell, NSW

The titles of Sharon’s works have been drawn from poems or the works of Shakespeare.  She finds the lyricism of wordsmiths adds a precious dimension to the visual work.


Material Measure: Examining the changing environment of the Central West of NSW

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Across painting, drawing, installation, performance and video work, the artists examine how art can connect to a place in concept, materiality and aesthetic. And how it can enable us to reimagine and understand the natural environment in the Central West of New South Wales.

Free entry

Hendrik Kolenberg Urban/Industrial

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Exhibition opening Friday 29 July, 6pm.
Since he was an art student in the 1960s, Hendrik Kolenberg has been a wayfarer of the back streets, construction sites and working harbours of Sydney, and other cities including Rotterdam—the Dutch city of his birth. His paintings don’t depict sentimental or pretty subjects, rather they convey his fascination with the overlooked, discarded or functional aspects of the city.

Family History Month

Parkes Parkes, NSW

Parkes Shire Libraries are excited to invite everyone to join in on Family History Month celebrations this year by attending our Parkes Shire Heritage Festival events


GANG GANG Gallery, Lithgow 206 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW


While the World Waits Exhibition (Canowindra)

Canowindra Arts Gallery 70a Gaskill Street, Canowindra, NSW

While the World Waits touring exhibition is heading to Canowindra for the fifth leg of a 12 month tour.

Waterland Exhibition Kandos

WAYOUT ArtSpace, Kandos 71 Angus St, Kandos, NSW

Over the last year, students, artists, designers and storytellers have been involved in our Citizen Science project ‘Modelling Landscape Rehydration for Catchments, Communities and Curriculum’, which has received Citizen Science grant funding from the Australian Government.

Mulaa Giilang: Wiradjuri stories of the night sky

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

For First Nations people, the Earth, sea and sky are intimately connected. Looking up, the night sky reflects Dreaming stories, landforms, animals and seasonal patterns, informing the way people live on, and care for, Country. This exhibition features stunning night sky photography and an immersive soundtrack to explore Wiradjuri astronomical knowledge alongside comparative mythologies from across the world.



Platform Arts Hub: Blayney Railway Station Blayney Railway Station, Blayney, NSW

Incredible lives series is a narrative photographic series which conceptualises the lived experiences of older people living in rural Australia.

Alchemy Exhibition – Ceramics

Taralga Taralga, NSW

Join us for ‘ALCHEMY’ a exhibition series in the beautiful historic town of Taralga with ceramicists/artists Rebecca Dowling and Anja Gower

“led me here” Linda Chant

Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre Ken Nakajima Place, Cowra, NSW

Linda Chant's paintings and drawings are a playful mix of memories, experiences, figures, costume, flowers, ornamentation, and hinted landscape. She employs the possibilities of light, colour, and mark making to awaken an emotional response in the viewer.


Blood – Madeline Young & Magnus Young-Holborow

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

BLOOD is a collaborative body of work between mother and son duo Madeline Young and Magnus Young-Holborow. This body of work was born of a creative block, some necessary multitasking and an accident.

LINDA JACKSON: Romance of the Swag

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

Romance of the Swag celebrates the creative life of iconic Australian artist Linda Jackson. An itinerant traveller, Jackson’s work has always drawn inspiration from place; from the black opals of Lightning Ridge, to the billabongs and boabs of the Kimberley Coast, to the tropical flora and fauna of Far North Queensland, and the waratahs of the Blue Mountains region. Romance of the Swag explores four decades of the artist’s practice, charting her travels through painting, fabric, and fashion, all steeped in the symbolism, colours, and textures of the Australian landscape.


Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst 224 Howick St, Bathurst, NSW

Facilitated by artist Liam Benson.
- Creative thinking through collaborative process
- How identity connects us to form community
- Ways we effect and respond to cultural change
- Improving social and mental health through connection
LOCAL MENS GROUP/ COMMUNITY: Tuesday 5-7pm - 16, 23, 30 August
LOCAL MIGRANT COMMUNITY: Wednesday 11am-1pm - 17, 24, 31 August
LOCAL LGBTIQ+ COMMUNITY: Wednesday 2-4pm - 17, 24, 31 August

Blood on Silk by Fiona Davies

Kandos Projects 18 Angus Avenue, Kandos, NSW

Blood on Silk consists of eight candy-striped ottomans upon which rest three or more hand sewing baskets, each re-lined with beaded floral fabrics, embroidered flowers, or oya/gold paper flowers over the original satin interiors of the baskets. These interventions reference the early textile material brought to the UK’s Victoria & Albert Museum by archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein from his expeditions in Dunhuang and Miran in China (1900-1930). His research suggests the textiles originally formed canopies or fields of flowers within Buddhist temples along the silk route. The relatively low height of the plinths/ottomans focuses the viewer’s attention onto the interiors of the baskets now relined with flowers.


Drawing Marathon

Hill End Hill End, NSW

Hill End Arts Council present a five-day life drawing intensive in Hill End with Fran O'Neill of the New York Studio School.


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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