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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".

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

Delight in Diversity art exhibition

Tue January 14 - Thu February 27

GRENFELL ART GALLERY. Grenfell Artists Incorporated formally known as Grenfell Community Arts & Crafts has continually delighted the Grenfell community over a period of 30 years.

Long Way From Home

Sun January 26 - Sat February 22

AT PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. Four amazingly creative artists from Melbourne have made the trek to Orange NSW and collectively produced us absolute riot of colour


Mon January 27 - Mon April 13

This special exhibition will feature a number of Bathurst 12-Hour and 24-Hour racing cars, as well as memorabilia and other objects from the history of these races
at Mount Panorama since the early 1990s.


Sat February 1 - Sat February 29

RANKIN COTTAGE CRAFTS. Love is in the air,so let us show you what we have made with this in mind. Everything handmade for you and your loved ones.

Paul Davies: The Golden Days

Fri February 7 - Sun March 22

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. Paul Davies is an Australian-born, Los Angeles - based artist whose work is driven by friction between opposing forces of built and natural environments, design and art, abstraction and figuration. These boundaries and relationships are illustrated through Davies' process, which combines painting, stencilling, photography and sculpture. The Golden Days reflects on the connection between Los Angeles, California, and Hill End, NSW, through an exploration of landscape and notions of ‘gold rush’ in the context of historical and present day meaning.

Marion Hall Best: Interiors

Fri February 7 - Sun March 22

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. This exhibition colourfully charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers, displaying original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes.

Sarah O’Sullivan: Resilience

Fri February 7 - Sun March 22

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. Resilience is Lithgow-based ceramic artist Sarah O’Sullivan’s response to the fragility and the strength of the Australian landscape – its capacity to absorb disturbance and maintain its integrity as a functional ecosystem.

Behind the Lines: The Years Best Political Cartoons for 2019

Sat February 8 - Sun March 15

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY. Each year the Behind the Lines exhibition features a broad selection of political cartoons from around Australia, providing an insight into the year in Australian politics. It celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Collection Highlights

Sat February 8 - Thu March 26

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY. This exhibition presents some iconic and well-loved works in the Gallery’s collection alongside recent acquisitions.

SENIORS FESTIVAL 2020 (Bathurst)

Wed February 12 - Sun February 23

A number of community events and activities will be held throughout Seniors Festival 2020.

NSW Seniors Festival in Cowra

Wed February 12 - Mon February 24

COWRA. The 2020 NSW Seniors Festival in Cowra kicks off Monday 10 February and runs until Sunday 23 February! Take a look at the program, full of fun activities for our seniors to enjoy. A big thank you to all our local supporters


Sat February 15 - Sat March 14

KANDOS. The establishing exhibition for 2020 at our brand new WAYOUT ArtSpace features the work of melanie e khava and Gordon Smith in a conversation between two practices that each begin from a place of disquiet but arrive at very different results.

Banjo Paterson Poetry Festival 2020

Sun February 16 - Sun February 23

ORANGE. What better way to celebrate this great Australian’s life and work than through the sixth Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival.

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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