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Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Art Gallery

Tue 1 January 2019, - Thu 31 December 2020,

HARTLEY. OPEN TUES-SUN. The Kew–Y–Ahn Aboriginal Gallery project is a partnership between Arts OutWest, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage. Work by local Aboriginal painters, weavers, designers, jewellers and photographers from across the NSW Central West are on show and for sale in rotating exhibitions in the new gallery space.

2019 CWAS ‘David Malin Awards’

Fri 19 July 2019, - Tue 30 June 2020,

PARKES. At CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope. The Central West Astronomical Society (CWAS) is proud to announce the shortlisted finalists in the 2019 CWAS Astrophotography Awards - the "David Malin Awards".

Central West Artist Antony Symons – Retrospective of a life’s work

Sat October 12 - Sun December 15

MILL POND FARM. This exhibition features the largest body of Antony Symons work ever shown and includes paintings in oil, watercolours, pastel works, etchings, woodcuts and monoprints, in addition to a spectacular group of sculpture in bronze and other materials - many of which were cast using the lost wax method in the artist’s own foundry.

Playback: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018

Sat October 12 - Sun December 8

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. Continuing the legacy of the Dobell Prize for Drawing and supported by the Sir William Dobell Foundation, this exhibition presents new work by eight contemporary Australian artists who are exploring history through crossovers between drawn and the moving image.

Place: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books

Sat October 19 - Sun December 15

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. This survey exhibition embraces some 40 years of Auld’s practice. From her studio set in the landscape near Orange, her explorations have grappled with transforming the mysteries of the ancient craft of ceramics into an expressive art medium.

Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Fri 1 November 2019, - Sat 29 February 2020,

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Descend into Sydney’s seedy underworld in our new photographic exhibition revealing the dark side of the Roaring Twenties. Explore more than 130 candid and compelling mugshots taken by New South Wales Police between 1920 and 1930. Known as the ‘Specials’, they are unlike any found elsewhere in the world

Jim Frazier Crystal Art Exhibition

Sat November 2 - Sat December 7

ROSEBANK GUEST HOUSE AND GALLERY, MILLTHORPE. Jim Frazier OAM is a wildlife cinematographer, naturalist, scientist, author and artist and has won over 40 national and international awards, including an Oscar and an Emmy and has worked for David Attenborough for more than 25 years.

Totally Trundle Exhibition

Wed 6 November 2019, - Mon 3 February 2020,

TRUNDLE MPS. An exhibition of artworks from people from the Trundle area. Making a difference to your health service - Trundle MPS as part of the arts and culture program.

Orange Art Society – Sandra Wenban & Wanda Driscoll

Sat November 9 - Sat December 7

ORANGE. The new exhibition of art from the members of the Orange Art Society Inc is now open and running until 8th December. All items are for sale at reasonable prices.

UpstART 2019

Sun November 24 - Sun December 8

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. UpstART showcases the work of regional students in Years 10, 11 and 12, encompassing a broad range of styles and subjects.


Sun December 1 - Tue December 31

Weekends; Long Weekends and School Holidays 10am – 4pm (Closed 25 Dec). History Hill has the largest privately owned gold rush collection on display in Australia focusing on the land, the time and the people of Australia's gold rush era.


Sun 1 December 2019, - Fri 31 January 2020,

Come and experience the Stones & Bones tour and Bats, Bugs & Beasties at Jenolan
Caves. Tours are run on selected days for children aged 7 to 11yrs. These tours allow
children to experience the caves through fun activities they can understand. Charges
apply. Bookings essential.

‘Paris and Other Places’ – Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition

Tue 3 December 2019, - Sat 11 January 2020,

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. Ramon Ward-Thompson lives and paints in Sydney, but is drawn to the great historic cities of Europe – where he enjoys to capture the softer European light against a background of historic buildings and monuments. He brings a soft study in light that that has always been uniquely his own.

TREESTORIES – Group Exhibition

Wed December 4 - Sat December 14

CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. Four artists explore the beauty and mystery of trees through photography and paint. Each creates their own narrative by looking at silhouettes and patterns, light and shade, and the intrinsic nature of our arboreal relationships.

VoID education symposium

Thu December 5 - Sat December 7

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. The symposium will include discussions with the curator of Void Emily McDaniel and educators who have worked with Emily in creating the Void education resource kit, and presented public programs and education activities while the exhibition was on at UTS Gallery. Please find attached a draft schedule of the symposium. A couple of themes throughout the day will be: Aboriginal culture is living and present today; Aboriginal culture is layered and diverse; creating culturally safe spaces; connecting with local Aboriginal groups and knowledge holders.


Thu December 5 - Fri December 13

TAFE BATHURST. This year will showcase the work of students from the Certificate III Design Fundamentals and the Certificate IV Design courses.  The exhibition will be opened by Dean Mobbs.

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The What’s On calendar covers arts events happening across the NSW Central West. These events are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Whilst all care is taken and accuracy is our priority we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. To contribute an event email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au