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 happening in the region each year.

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Sharp Short Dance Festival Heats

Mon 26 October 2020, - Sat 21 November 2020,

COWRA CIVIC CENTRE, COWRA. Sharp Short Dance, Sydney’s most exciting youth dance festival, offers the best young dancers and choreographers from across NSW the opportunity to showcase their talent to a panel of industry professionals and compete for a variety of prizes and awards.

Applications close: Recovery Boost – RAF Recovery Grants

Thu 29 October 2020,

REGIONAL ARTS FUND. Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from bushfire, drought, and/or the impacts of COVID-19.

Join now: Headspace Sound Check

Mon 9 November 2020, - Mon 23 November 2020,

BATHURST. Sound Check is a FREE, ongoing new music program being held at Headspace Bathurst.

Applications close: Media Associates: Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan

Fri 13 November 2020,

CENTRAL WEST. Arts OutWest is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from enthusiastic photographers living in Cowra, Forbes and Lachlan LGAs.

The Corner Store Gallery 2021 Proposals Now Open

Mon 30 November 2020,

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. The gallery is looking for exhibitions, popups and workshops,  Applications showing a comprehensive body of work with high quality photos will be considered.

Kids Film Competition Submissions End

Mon 30 November 2020,

OBERON. The Oberon Youth Council are holding a film competition for the Christmas Drive-In

EOIs close: The Inland Sea of Sound 2021 Central West Artist Call Out

Fri 11 December 2020,

BATHURST. The Inland Sea of Sound music festival is planning to go ahead from the 24th to the 28th of February 2021 but in a much smaller, CovidSafe format in town in a mixture of indoor and outdoor venues. We are now calling for Expressions of Interest from musicians living in the Central West of NSW.

Applications Close for Zonta Orange annual Arts Scholarship for Young Women School Leavers

Tue 22 December 2020,

ORANGE. The Zonta Club of Orange Marj Johnson Arts Scholarship for young women entering tertiary education in 2021 is open for applications.

Call Out: HERE/NOW

Sun January 3

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. Artists from across the Central West are invited to submit artwork for our annual community exhibition HERE/NOW.

Applications close: Inside the Box – A Group Exhibition

Thu January 21

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. In 2021, the Corner Store Gallery is introducing a new inaugural group exhibition to kickstart our events calendar for the year

Call for entries: Horse and Hound exhibition

Sat January 30

BATHURST. Call for entries of artworks on the theme Horse and Hound.

Entries close: Portland Art Exhibition

Fri February 5

PORTLAND. The Portland Art Society Inc. hold an art exhibition every year the first weekend in March and have done so since 1976. The exhibition, which is highly rated in NSW allows a great diversification of artists to present and show their work.

2021 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Entries Open

Wed February 17 - Fri April 23

ORANGE. The Banjo Paterson Writing Awards were established in Orange in 1991 and each year we host the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards to honor this great Australian writer. Entries open 17 February 2021 & close 23 April 2021

Applications close: Cabonne Acquisitive Art Prize

Fri February 19

FOR CABONNE SHIRE RESIDENTS. The Annual Cabonne Acquisitive Art Prize is an annual art prize and exhibition that aims to foster a sense of identity, pride and place in Cabonne.

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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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