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.

COVID-19:  We’ve tagged the planned events across the region that have been cancelled or postponed: Click here

NEW: HAPPENING ONLINE. We’ve added a new category for workshops, exhibitions, virutal tours and activities that are now happening ONLINE. Here’s our story on who has moved online. Click here for the listings

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Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Art Gallery – GALLERY TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

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.

2019 CWAS ‘David Malin Awards’ – Temporarily closed due to Covid-19

Fri 19 July 2019, - Tue 30 June 2020,

PARKES. At CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope. The Central West Astronomical Society (CWAS) is proud to announce the shortlisted finalists in the 2019 CWAS Astrophotography Awards - the "David Malin Awards".

Harrie Fasher: Weighted

Fri March 27 - Sun June 28

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. In this exhibition Portland-based artist Harrie Fasher presents explorations in concrete, steel and bronze. Renown for her large three-dimensional steel line structures, the addition of concrete and bronze depict mass and weight. ONLINE EXHIBITION.

Capturing Nature: Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857 – 1893 – GALLERY TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Sat March 28 - Sun July 19

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM. Australia’s earliest scientific photographs are revealed in a new exhibition, Capturing Nature.

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.

Locals Only Group Exhibition

Thu April 2 - Thu July 2

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY ORANGE. Initially curated to celebrate our region's talent during Orange F.O.O.D. Week, we've gathered some Corner Store Gallery alumni to showcase this April. We'll be posting lots of videos over on our Instagram stories so you can have a bit of a virtual tour if you're confined to the house. ONLINE AND WINDOW EXHIBITION.

HANDS ON CLAY ONLINE

Fri April 3 - Sun May 31

EXTENDED TO END OF MAY. All work for this exhibition is now on display and for sale online. KWIRAK CHOUNG, MICHAEL CONOLAN, ANNA CULLITON, LISE EDWARDS, ANNE EDWARDS, SUSIE McMEEKIN, CHESTER NEALIE, SARAH O’SULLIVAN, BILL SAMUELS, LINDA SEIFFERT, REBECCA VERPOORTEN LAWS.
A group exhibition showcasing a collection of masters in their field in this dynamic and thought provoking show.

The Visitor – GALLERY TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Fri April 10 - Fri May 29

GRENFELL ART GALLERY. Scott Marr is a blue mountains-based artist who’s medium is painting, drawing and he recently started exploring sculpture through steel, timber and glass. Marr explores bio-metamorphosis through surrealism and abstraction

Travelling, Leaving, Settling, Scotland, Korea, Australia: Paintings, Works on Paper and Artists Books – Postponed (Covid-19)

Sun May 3 - Thu June 4

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The exhibition will focus on a selection of Yvonne Boag’s works that connect and emphasise the relationship between the painted surface of her paintings and the intimacy of her prints, drawings and artist’s books. The works selected include recent works from South Korea.

The Collection in Focus 2020: New Acquisitions – Postponed (Covid-19)

Sun May 3 - Sun June 14

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The exhibition includes paintings by Rowen Matthews, Christine Wrest-Smith, Sinead Davies, Ivan Goodacre, Steven Copland, Tam Cao, together with paintings by Dagmar Cyrulla and etchings by Max Miller, John Olsen, Lloyd Rees and Clifton Pugh (selected from the generous donation of prints by Max and Janie Miller), received through the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

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.

Bathurst Rail Museum – MUSEUM TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Mon May 25 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.

Olde Bridge Gallery, Newbridge – Closed for the time-being due to Covid-19

Sat May 30 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until Sun 29 November 2020,

NEWBRIDGE. OPEN EVERY WEEKEND: SAT 10-5pm. SUN 9am-4pm. The gallery showcases a diverse and exciting collection of original paintings, photography and hardwood furniture complemented by locally handcrafted metal work, pottery, jewelry, delicious handmade chocolates, heritage dolls, cards and gifts, all superbly featured in a lovingly restored 1850’s building in the centre of the village.

T.Arts Gallery – Gallery temporarily closes due to Covid-19

Mon June 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. 

Dean Mobbs Gallery & Studio

Mon June 1
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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,

BATHURST. Open Monday - Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. Dean’s artworks consist of a variety of colour, shape and distortion utilising multiple media varied frameworks and interpretation whilst also working to transcend a variety of life’s emotions.

Gallery H

Mon June 1 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Mon 4 January 2021,

DARGAN, NEAR LITHGOW. Opening hours: every week Thursday to Monday 10am - 5pm. Gallery H is not a fine art gallery, it is a place encompassing wild, urban, industrial, agricultural and more.

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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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