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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Laura Baker: Corrugated Town

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

Crumbly buildings with tin roofs, chicken wire fences and hand-painted signs. The small town we grew up in; got stuck in; left; returned to; retired to; resign to.
Australian country towns have long been criticised for their unsympathetic design. Scarce funds are spread across large land, resulting in reoccurring potholes during wet summers, and businesses closing during drought, bushfire, and flood. The weather is always too hot; too dry; too wet; too.
But through rarely relenting adversity presses the spirit of the people. These are communities and homes and farms and livelihoods. Lived together. Supporting each other.
Through a reflective and laborious practice, fragile representations explore the harsh qualities of the Australian landscape. Fences, buildings and annual fallen leaves appear, suggesting a nostalgia, acceptance, and appreciation of this place.
This is an ode to the regional town; a body of work celebrating the unique landscape of power lines, uneven footpaths and corrugated everything.

Dobell Drawing Prize #23 | A National Art School Touring Exhibition

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

Get ready to witness the best of Australian drawing as the 'Dobell Drawing Prize #23' kicks off its national tour at BRAG.

Touring at BRAG from September 2023, the exhibition will include a variety of curated public programs, exhibition tours, masterclasses, and educational resources.


School Holiday Workshop: Drawing Basics

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

In the workshop you will get a short tour of the Dobell Drawing Prize #23 exhibition, followed by a drawing workshop where kids will learn different techniques of drawing and mark making.

Event Series Exhibition Tours

Exhibition Tours

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

Join a free guided Exhibition Tour of the Dobell Drawing Prize #23!

The Dobell Drawing Prize is Australia’s leading prize for drawing, an unparalleled celebration of technique, innovation, and expanded approaches to drawing by acclaimed and emerging drawing practitioners.



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.

The best way to include your event is to use our SUBMIT HERE form (under the What’s On menu at the top of each page). These listings will be manually approved by the Arts OutWest team before publication.  Please allow a couple of days for listings to be published. If you have submitted an event and want to make changes just email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

Featured events‘ are those submitted directly online by presenters.

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