Welcome to our BIG 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.

This is a busy artistic region. There’s usually more than 2000 arts and heritage events happeing in the region each year. Of course, 2020 looks a little different but the events are slowly returning where possible.

NEW: HAPPENING ONLINE. We’ve added a new category for workshops, exhibitions, virutal tours and activities that are now happening ONLINE. Click here for the listings

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Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Art Gallery – open again

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.

The Rockley Mill & Stables Museum

Sun January 5 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:30 am on day 5 of the month, repeating until Sun 20 December 2020,

ROCKLEY. Open Sundays. Housed in an enormous heritage building, work your way up the three storeys to see old mill machinery, period clothing, and even police records.

T.Arts Gallery – Open Thurs-Sun

Sat February 1
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An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day 1 of the month, repeating until Fri 1 January 2021,

T.ARTS GALLERY, BATHURST. Open Monday -Sunday every week. A not-for-profit, artist run, community co-operative that showcases the creative talents of its members living in the Tablelands region. 

Dean Mobbs Gallery & Studio

Sat February 1
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An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Fri 1 January 2021,

BATHURST. Open Monday - Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. Dean’s artworks consist of a variety of colour, shape and distortion utilising multiple media varied frameworks and interpretation whilst also working to transcend a variety of life’s emotions.

Talisman Gallery

Sat February 1
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An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Fri 1 January 2021,

HARTLEY. Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Bathurst Rail Museum

Mon February 24 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, repeating indefinitely

BATHURST. The Bathurst Rail Museum brings the rich social history of Bathurst and our story as a railway town to life, with personal recollections and interesting artefacts.

Harrie Fasher: Weighted

Fri March 27 - Mon July 20

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. In this exhibition Portland-based artist Harrie Fasher presents explorations in concrete, steel and bronze. Renown for her large three-dimensional steel line structures, the addition of concrete and bronze depict mass and weight. ONLINE EXHIBITION.

Orange Regional Gallery Extension Project 2020: Gallery closes

Wed April 1 - Mon November 30

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. Construction will take place over the 2020 calendar year with the Gallery closed from April to November.

Locals Only Group Exhibition

Thu April 2 - Thu July 2

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY ORANGE. Initially curated to celebrate our region's talent during Orange F.O.O.D. Week, we've gathered some Corner Store Gallery alumni to showcase this April. We'll be posting lots of videos over on our Instagram stories so you can have a bit of a virtual tour if you're confined to the house. ONLINE AND WINDOW EXHIBITION.

Silver Linings

Sun May 10 - Sat July 18

THE PEISLEY STREET GALLERY, ORANGE. With a vision for a beautiful and diverse show, strong but soft feminine energy, I invited local and regional female artists, whose work I admire who are: authentic, original, and skilful in their chosen medium, predominantly mid-career and established.

Registrations open: The Old Lithgow Pottery School of Art – Stable Gallery workshops

Mon May 25 - Mon June 29

OLD LITHGOW POTTERY SCHOOL OF ARTS AND STABLES GALLERY. Register now for upcoming classes (live, in person).


Tue June 9 - Sun August 9

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. AR+COLLECT is an ambitious collection project designed to give audiences unprecedented ‘behind the scenes’ access to the BRAG collection.

As Far As The Eye Can See

Tue June 16 - Tue July 21

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. Through the work of 22 Australian artists, this exhibition celebrates the contemporary topography of both landscape and printmaking.

Capturing Nature: Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857 – 1893

Wed June 17 - Sun August 2

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Australia’s earliest scientific photographs are revealed in a new exhibition, Capturing Nature.

In Conversation with Katherine Firkin

Thu June 18 at 6:00 pm

ONLINE. Court and crime reporter Katherine Firkin’s debut crime novel ‘Sticks and Stones’ is inspired

by her career covering cases such as the funeral of underground figure Carl Williams and murder of hospitality student Renae Lau. Hear Katherine speak about the nature of crime in Australia and the vicious cycles of offending that exist in our communities and how this has influenced her writing.

Cutlery [Online]

Thu June 18 at 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until Sat 20 June 2020,

Set during World War I, high in the mountains of Moravia, a cynical old man, a Ukrainian socialite, a sad young girl, a cheerful fool, and a mysterious talking cat arrive in the village of Příbor seeking shelter for the night. But this is a time of war, and the villagers are suspicious of outsiders, particularly the authoritarian Lieutenant stationed there. “Cutlery” is a comic tragedy exploration of what happens when authority is unchecked and hate festers in positions of…

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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West. These events 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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