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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".

Arlo Mountford: Deep Revolt

Sat September 28 - Sun December 1

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. Deep Revolt is a mid-career survey exhibition of work by Melbourne based artist Arlo Mountford. Laden with references from art history and pop culture, Mountford’s large scale video installations, kinetic sculpture and animations take a wry look at the artistic canon through the lens of the contemporary.

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.

Sassy Park: Looking for Gold

Fri October 18 - Sun December 1

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Sassy Park: Looking for Gold, a solo exhibition by Sydney based artist Sassy Park, will be on display in the BRAG foyer. Park undertook a Hill End Artist in Residency in May 2019, where she was struck with gold fever.

Threads Through Art: Australian Tapestries

Fri October 18 - Sun December 1

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Threads Through Art: Australian Tapestries is a survey exhibition and celebration of Australian art through the tapestry medium. Over the decades Australian artists have collaborated with weavers and tapestry workshops in France, Portugal and since 1976, the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Heather Dunn: Palette of Place

Fri October 18 - Sun December 1

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Heather Dunn: Palette of Place displays the work of Bathurst based textile artist Heather Dunn, showcasing her tapestries inspired by the landscape and colours of Hill End. Using dyes created from local organic material, Dunn’s tapestries comprise rich ochres, wattle yellow and subtle shades of green.

Camie Lyons: A Physical Response

Fri October 18 - Sun December 1

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Camie Lyons: A Physical Response is a solo exhibition by Camie Lyons which takes inspiration from the physically laborious lives of Hill End’s gold rush era inhabitants. Lyons threw herself into physical making: dragging branches back the Haefligers studio, digging clay, and mark making with sticks, stones and found ochres.

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.

Helen Geier. Through Two Decades

Sat October 19 - Sun November 17

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. Helen Geier's art explores the activity of painting and is characterised by an incisive intellectual approach. That approach is expressed through examination of the Australian landscape.

‘Earth & Water’ – Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition

Tue October 22 - Sun December 1

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. By Annie Joseph and Graham Watt; Watercolour, charcoal, pen and wash, and acrylics. Graham Watt’s pots are hand formed using pinching and coiling techniques

Under 500 Exhibition

Fri November 1 - Mon November 25

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. For those looking to start their art collection or even add to an growing one. The Under 500 is a carefully curated selection of artworks from emerging as well as established artists displayed together in a group exhibition and all under $500.

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

Audrey Bernays and Jenny Beach Exhibition

Sat November 2 - Mon December 2

An exhibition of Prints done in collaboration ~ featuring Rural and remote places. The Olde Bridge Gallery, Newbridge.

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.

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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