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Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Art Gallery

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’

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".

Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Fri 1 November 2019, - Sat 29 February 2020,

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Descend into Sydney’s seedy underworld in our new photographic exhibition revealing the dark side of the Roaring Twenties. Explore more than 130 candid and compelling mugshots taken by New South Wales Police between 1920 and 1930. Known as the ‘Specials’, they are unlike any found elsewhere in the world


Mon January 27 - Mon April 13

This special exhibition will feature a number of Bathurst 12-Hour and 24-Hour racing cars, as well as memorabilia and other objects from the history of these races
at Mount Panorama since the early 1990s.


Sat February 1 - Sat February 29

RANKIN COTTAGE CRAFTS. Love is in the air,so let us show you what we have made with this in mind. Everything handmade for you and your loved ones.

Paul Davies: The Golden Days

Fri February 7 - Sun March 22

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. Paul Davies is an Australian-born, Los Angeles - based artist whose work is driven by friction between opposing forces of built and natural environments, design and art, abstraction and figuration. These boundaries and relationships are illustrated through Davies' process, which combines painting, stencilling, photography and sculpture. The Golden Days reflects on the connection between Los Angeles, California, and Hill End, NSW, through an exploration of landscape and notions of ‘gold rush’ in the context of historical and present day meaning.

Marion Hall Best: Interiors

Fri February 7 - Sun March 22

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. This exhibition colourfully charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers, displaying original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes.

Sarah O’Sullivan: Resilience

Fri February 7 - Sun March 22

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. Resilience is Lithgow-based ceramic artist Sarah O’Sullivan’s response to the fragility and the strength of the Australian landscape – its capacity to absorb disturbance and maintain its integrity as a functional ecosystem.

Behind the Lines: The Years Best Political Cartoons for 2019

Sat February 8 - Sun March 15

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY. Each year the Behind the Lines exhibition features a broad selection of political cartoons from around Australia, providing an insight into the year in Australian politics. It celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Collection Highlights

Sat February 8 - Thu March 26

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY. This exhibition presents some iconic and well-loved works in the Gallery’s collection alongside recent acquisitions.


Sat February 15 - Sat March 14

KANDOS. The establishing exhibition for 2020 at our brand new WAYOUT ArtSpace features the work of melanie e khava and Gordon Smith in a conversation between two practices that each begin from a place of disquiet but arrive at very different results.

8×10 Group Exhibition

Wed February 19 - Sat March 7

CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. The 8x10 Group Exhibition is an annual event at The Corner Store Gallery and fast becoming an audience favourite.  Artists are invited to submit work of any medium or subject matter that measures 8x10 inches (this includes framing and must not exceed these dimensions).  

Transports of Delight

Sun February 23 - Tue May 12


Here, There and Back

Sun February 23 - Sat March 21

PEISLEY STREET GALLERY ORANGE. Join us to celebrate work of JOSH COLEMAN and BRETT 'Mon' GARLING. The exhibition is a collection of original paintings and bronze statues.

Behind the Curtain – Graham Smith

Fri February 28 - Mon March 30

GANG GANG GALLERY. Born in Wellington New Zealand, Graham Smith later moved and settled in Sydney in 1977.

Olde Bridge Gallery, Newbridge

Sat February 29 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.

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