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.

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.

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.


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.

Orange Regional Gallery & Orange Regional Museum School Holidays – Take Home Packs

Mon June 29 - Fri July 17

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. There are three to choose from. All come with at least two hands-on activities and most of the materials you need so that you can complete them from home.


Mon June 29 - Sun August 16

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Regenerate is an exhibition by local school children exploring the responses of Australia’s bushland to fire. Taking inspiration from Mount Canobolas and the 2018 bushfires, this exhibition explores how native eucalypt species on the mountain regenerate after fire.

On Stillness

Mon June 29 - Mon August 31

ONLINE. ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. On Stillness is an evolving online exhibition presented across the social media accounts of public art galleries. It highlights artwork from the collections of each institution that embody the idea of stillness.

Revolving stockroom (ONLINE)

Mon June 29 - Fri July 31

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. Our current revolving stockroom is proving to be very popular and we continue to receive new work from all over Australia every week.

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.


Fri July 3 - Mon July 27

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Exploring the impact of the fires that ravaged the Greater Blue Mountains during our recent Black Summer, and the COVID pandemic that devastated our economy. The exhibition will feature sculptures and art works from local artists and an innovative Timescape Voices exhibition.

TURN: Bathurst Winter Festival 2020

Sat July 4 - Sun July 19

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. 5.30pm to 10pm DAILY. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and ESEM Projects are delighted to present a new animation work by local art and design duo WBYK (Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney) as part of the 2020 Bathurst Winter Festival Illuminations.

Art School at the Pottery

Sun July 5 - Sun July 26

LITHGOW. Various classes from blacksmithing to visual arts and sculpture.

Sculptures by the Bush

Mon July 6 - Sun July 19

BLAYNEY SHIRE. Blayney has previously been known for the annual Hay Bale Art Challenge, and this year not only will you see Hay Bale Art throughout the region you can expect to see a whole lot more.

Bathurst Waste to Art Exhibition (online)

Tue July 7 - Fri July 24

BATHURST. This year’s Waste 2 Art winners have been announced with the entries available to view online on the Bathurst Regional Council YouTube channel.

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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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