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.

COVID-19:  We’ve tagged the planned events across the region that have been cancelled or postponed: Click here

NEW: HAPPENING ONLINE. We’ve added a new category for workshops, exhibitions, virutal tours and activities that are now happening ONLINE. Here’s our story on who has moved online. Click here for the listings

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The CORRIDOR project PD-Lab online sessions

Thu April 9 - Fri May 8

Artists, writers, and curators will cross-pollinate during online workshops and creative sessions.

Entries close: Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Fri April 24

Entries are now open for this year’s annual Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. The contest is sponsored by Orange City Library, the Central Western Daily and ABC Central West Radio established in 1991, these awards aim to honour Banjo Paterson, a great Australian writer and favourite son of Orange, with a competition to encourage short story or poetry writing with Australian content.

Closing date: Arts OutWest Micro-Grants (round 1)

Thu April 30

Arts OutWest is offering arts micro-grants to assist individuals and organisations during the Covid-19 crisis. 


Fri May 1 at 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating indefinitely

BATHURST. A community choir for persons living with a disability.

Gooloogong Hotel ONLINE Open Mic Nights

Sun May 3
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An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Sun 7 June 2020,

An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day Second of the month, repeating until Sun 14 June 2020,

An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until Sun 28 June 2020,

If you would like to add a video please message. If you just want to watch click on the link I will provide on Sunday.

Closing date: Central West is Best’ 2020 Photo Comp

Fri May 8

REGIONAL OPPORTUNITY. Time to get snapping to capture this year’s theme: ‘Hometown Pride - Icons of the Central West’.

Entries close: ABSTRACT (extended closing date)

Fri May 8

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. Artists from all over Australia are invited to submit ABSTRACT artworks of any medium, style or subject.

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. 

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.

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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