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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Makers Month

Fri October 2 - Sat October 31

THE FOUNDATIONS, PORTLAND. Events will include workshops, artwork and sculpture installations, opportunities for artists to explore the site, historical site tours, walking and running tours around the trails, kids eco and sustainability workshops and much more…

Bathurst Library Children’s Weekly Activities

Mon October 12 - Fri December 18

BATHURST LIBRARY, BATHURST. Children's programs are back in the library face to face from Term 4! Strict book conditions and covid restriction compliance apply

Art School at the Pottery

Fri October 23 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Fri 6 November 2020,

OLD LITHGOW POTTERY, LITHGOW. Artists and Photographers to either sketch/paint in or photograph the grounds.

Lampshade Workshops – Forbes

Fri October 23 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

CARROWIBBITY HOMESTEAD, FORBES. Pull out from your stash that favourite piece of natural fibre fabric and turn it into a magnificent lampshade for ceiling or a lamp base

Watercolour Workshop with Larissa Blake

Sun October 25 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. Join Larissa for a two hour introduction to painting workshop inspired by the beautiful floral arrangements of Botanica Flora.

Business Basics for Artists

Mon October 26 - Wed October 28

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. The Corner Store Gallery is thrilled to be hosting the Business Basics for Visual Artists workshops presented by Artist and Gallery Owner Anne Masters from Gallery of Small Things (GOST). Anne has held this series in Canberra with great success, with all workshops booked out and private tuition numbers on the rise. Workshops are 2 hour sessions designed to follow the career path of an artist.

Lampshade Workshops – Parkes

Wed October 28 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

PARKES. Pull out from your stash that favourite piece of natural fibre fabric and turn it into a magnificent lampshade for ceiling or a lamp base

Turning Tables Furniture 101

Sat October 31 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

BESPOKE & CO, BATHURST. Learn the basics of prepping, painting and finishing a piece of furniture

Parkes Painting Group

Wed November 4 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Wed 30 December 2020,

PARKES. Parkes Painting Group meets at Northparkes Oval every Wednesday from 10am-4pm.

Macrame for Beginners

Wed November 11 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on Wed 30 September 2020, at 6:00 pm

One event on Wed 11 November 2020, at 6:00 pm

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. Join Gallery Director and fibre art enthusiast Madeline Young-Holborow for a fun and stress-free evening of craft.

Lampshade Workshops – Young

Fri November 13 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

YOUNG. Pull out from your stash that favourite piece of natural fibre fabric and turn it into a magnificent lampshade for ceiling or a lamp base

Abstract Watercolour Workshop

Sat November 14 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on Sat 14 November 2020, at 1:00 pm

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. Join gallery director and practicing abstract artist Madeline Young for a relaxing 3 hour workshop of abstract watercolour painting. This workshop is designed to be a stress-free session of learning and experimentation for beginners as well as those who have some experience.

Botanical Illustration & Watercolour Workshop

Sat November 14 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BESPOKE & CO, BATHURST. Come and join Brooks Visual for a relaxed and fun workshop learning to create simple botanical illustrations, coloured with high quality watercolour pigments

UPSTAGE NSW Musical Theatre Workshop

Sun November 15 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

ORANGE REGIONAL CONSERVATORIUM, ORANGE. Do you love Hamilton, Six, Wicked or Phantom? Do you dream of having a professional performing? Set your sights on Broadway!

Lampshade Workshops – Cowra

Wed November 18 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

COWRA. Pull out from your stash that favourite piece of natural fibre fabric and turn it into a magnificent lampshade for ceiling or a lamp base

Soap Making Workshop!

Fri November 20 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BESPOKE & CO, BATHURST. Bring along a friend and enjoy an evening of hands-on activity where we will make a large bar loaf of natural/fragrant soap that you can chop into 12 large bars or into any shape you like.

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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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