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.

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.

Code Breakers: Women in Games

Sat August 8 - Wed October 14

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Press play on Code Breakers, the first Australian exhibition celebrating the achievements of women working in the games industry.

Pictures of You

Sat August 15 - Sun October 11

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. The exhibition will present the selection of community submitted photographic portraits as prints in the gallery space and as a digital exhibition on the BRAG website.

2019 Archibald Prize Regional Tour

Sat August 15 - Sun October 11

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists. Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize.

Young Archie Competition 2020

Sat August 15 - Sun October 11

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Budding artists between the ages of 0 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition, as part of our family focused activities for the Archibald Prize regional tour.

Land / Story

Sun August 30 - Sat September 26

PEISLEY STREET GALLERY, ORANGE. Joy Engelman. An exploration of the flow of light, wind and water across the land.

Wallflower: Prudence DeMarchi

Mon August 31 - Wed September 30

JUMBLED, ORANGE. We are beyond excited to welcome you to the solo art exhibition “WALLFLOWER”

Colour City Creatives at WayOut ArtSpace

Thu September 3 - Sat September 26

KANDOS. Come and get some good country colour therapy with a dose of contemporary art by a group of passionate artists from Orange

Kaleidoscope Art Exhibition

Fri September 4 - Thu October 15

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. The artists work include contemporary machine and hand embroidery, and felting in sculptural and 2D form.

Inherit: Old and New Histories

Sat September 5 - Thu December 31

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Exploring our region’s history, the exhibition highlights big events and significant personalities, as well as the lives and experiences of everyday people.

Joel Tonks: Forged by fire, shaped by time

Mon September 14 - Sun October 11

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Forged by fire, shaped by time is the result of recent hiking expeditions by Orange-based multidisciplinary artist Joel Tonks to document the biological and geological taxonomy of the Central West region.

Bathurst Rail Museum

Mon September 28 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, repeating indefinitely

BATHURST. The Bathurst Rail Museum brings the rich social history of Bathurst and our story as a railway town to life, with personal recollections and interesting artefacts.

T.Arts Gallery – Open Thurs-Sun

Thu October 1
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An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day 1 of the month, repeating until Fri 1 January 2021,

T.ARTS GALLERY, BATHURST. Open Monday -Sunday every week. A not-for-profit, artist run, community co-operative that showcases the creative talents of its members living in the Tablelands region. 

Tarana Photographic Exhibition

Fri October 2 - Sun October 4

TARANA. The Muriel Stevens Memorial Community Chest is once again hosting The People's Choice Photographic Charity Exhibition to be held on October, 2, 3 & 4

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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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