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.

Looking for the ongoing or regularly open museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art? They’re all covered at our Culture Maps Central NSW. Explore it here

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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.

Blue – Forbes Art Society Exhibition

Mon July 13 - Thu December 31

FORBES. The Platypus Gallery exhibits members' work but there are also exhibitions from local and visiting artists. The exhibited works vary greatly from paintings and drawings in all media, ceramics, fine wood turning, jewelry and photography.

Jock Alexander: Of This Place

Sat October 17 - Sun December 6

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Jock Alexander's appreciation of the Central West, particularly of Wahluu (Mount Panorama), is a source of intellectual and spiritual inspiration with which he seeks to address the region’s colonial history and its legacy.

Tom Buckland: Flightpaths

Sat October 17 - Sun December 6

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Through a series of works made of bronze, cardboard and found objects, sculptor Tom Buckland explores our emotional, ethical and imaginative connection to the world of birds.

Wiradyuri: Ngurang Buwugarra-gu Gudhi-dha Murruway, Wiradyuri Ngaanha, Birrunga Wiradyuri

Sat October 17 - Sun December 6

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Birrunga Wiradyuri is a Wiradyuri artist who produces original narrative works of Wiradyuri Culture, history, spirituality and Lore. This exhibition focuses on aspects of Birrunga’s personal Songline, referencing geographic and historic sites across the Bathurst region as well as contemporary Cultural narratives relating to colonisation, leading up to and including the Bathurst War of 1824, through Muyulung

Visions of Country

Sat 7 November 2020, - Thu 21 January 2021,

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. Spanning early Australian modernists to present day artists, Visions of Country presents works from the Orange Regional Gallery Collection that examine different encounters and impressions of land

Sue Hodge – Captain Barnacles Alphabet Adventure

Sun November 22 - Sun December 6

CANOWINDRA. The Exhibition is based on the adventures of Captain Barnacles. Captain Barnacles is a pirate of the best kind and this exhibition is a series of illustrated panels based on his experiences on the high seas

UpstART Exhibition & Awards 2020

Sun November 22 - Sun December 6

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The 18th annual UpstART Exhibition and Awards showcases the work of regional students in Stages 5 and 6, encompassing a broad range of styles and subjects

Orange Art Society Pop-Up Exhibition

Wed 25 November 2020, - Mon 25 January 2021,

ORANGE. Orange Art Society Pop-Up Exhibition open Wednesdays to Sundays

Hearts & Minds: Wartime Propaganda

Wed 25 November 2020, - Sun 28 February 2021,

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. The Australian War Memorial holds a large collection of wartime posters from government–issued campaign posters to handmade posters protesting the war in Vietnam. Hearts and minds: wartime propaganda introduces this collection, featuring home-front propaganda from the First and Second World Wars.

McCue & Mackay Kindred Sprits

Fri 27 November 2020, - Wed 13 January 2021,

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. Watercolour, mixed media, ink, silk and other Textile Arts

In the Making

Fri November 27 - Fri December 4

ORANGE. Students and teachers of Creative Design and Ideation at Orange TAFE would love you to come along to the official opening of 'In the Making' at 6pm on Friday 27th November.


Tue December 1 - Thu December 31

COWRA. Exhibition of recent work from local artist Shani Nottingham

Talisman Gallery

Wed December 2
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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.

Jock Alexander Watercolour Workshop

Wed December 2 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Learn the basics of watercolour painting with Bathurst based artist Jock Alexander at BRAG

Evening for Educators

Thu December 3 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Gain valuable insight into our new long term exhibition Inherit with a private tour.

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