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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Entries Close: Waste 2 Art (Bathurst)

Tue May 19

BATHURST REGION. The popular community competition and exhibition challenges the community's perception of “rubbish” and celebrates recycling in the form of art and craft. 

EOI: Little Aussie Artists

Mon June 29 - Fri July 10

TRUNDLE AREA. Classes will run for 10 weeks each term over 12 months.

EOI: Art Classes for Adults in Trundle

Mon June 29 - Sun July 12

TRUNDLE. Looking for interested people to attend weekly art classes in Trundle. Phone 0490 870 592.

Entries open Bathurst Eisteddfod (online section)

Fri July 10 - Sat August 1

ONLINE, BATHURST. Bathurst Online Eisteddfod allows competitors that have missed out on their local eisteddfods due to cancellations the opportunity to perform and receive adjudication on their pieces.

Very Open Mic Night at Front Bar of The Victoria

Mon July 20 at 5:30 pm

THE VICTORIA, BATHURST. Music, Poetry, Storytelling, Comedy... anything that you think will draw a tear or a belly laugh.

Entries close: Calleen Art Award

Wed July 22

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive art prize that encourages originality and artistic merit, established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM. The winning artwork will become part of the splendid Calleen Collection – the foundation collection of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Entries close: HOME Exhibition

Fri July 24

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. A Group Exhibition of work exploring the notion of HOME in the time of Coronavirus and Isolation.

Entries close: Pictures of You

Wed July 29

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is delighted to announce a community photo portrait exhibition titled ‘Pictures of You’, with entries to the exhibition open to all members of the Bathurst community.

Closing: Oberon Youth Council Local Government Week Photography Competition

Wed July 29

OBERON. PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION FOR 12-24 YEARS. Get your entry form from the OYC Facebook or Oberon Council’s Website Categories include: Architecture, Landscapes/Floral, Animals and People

Entries close: The Art of Resilience

Fri July 31

PARKES. An Arts Competition for the Youth of the Parkes Shire.

Entries close: Young Archie Competition

Mon August 3

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. Budding artists between the ages of 0 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition, as part of our family focused activities for the Archibald Prize regional tour.

Applications close: Mitchell Conservatorium 2021 Scholarship Auditions

Fri August 7


Expressions of Interest due: Airing of the Quilts

Mon August 31

LUCKNOW. Due to the extreme weather conditions many community members have been unable to enter their quilt in the Wentworth Mine Airing of the Quilts.

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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.

To contribute an event email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

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