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.


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.


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.

Based on a True Story – Fleur MacDonald

Sun July 19 - Sat August 29

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. The body of work integrates intricately painted renditions of traditional dollies with the carved shapes of found carved domestic wooden serving bowls and platters to reinstate the humble handicraft as a worthy expression of a woman's life lived well.

Stephen Hogan: Imagine

Mon July 20 - Sun September 13

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. The studio of Bathurst-based artist Stephen Hogan is bursting with reclaimed steel, timber and found objects. His sculptures are a playful exploration of line and form, often with an underlying social commentary.

Inside Life Inside

Fri July 24 - Thu September 3

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. This exhibition is like snippets, little chapters that make up what life inside is like for someone who just likes to create something.

Obsessed: Compelled to Make

Sat August 1 - Sun September 13

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. Obsessed: Compelled to Make presents the work of 15 artists from across Australia, delving beyond the finished object, beyond the personality of the maker, into the fundamental conceptual framework of their creations

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.

Bathurst Rail Museum

Mon August 10 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.

HOME Group Exhibition

Wed August 12 - Sat August 29

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. The Corner Store Gallery is celebrating our 6th anniversary this August with a Group Exhibition of new work exploring the notion on HOME in the time of Coronavirus lockdowns.

Bathurst Remembers World War 2 Exhibition

Fri August 14 - Mon August 17

BMEC, BATHURST. This is a World War Two exhibition which will consist of “Snapshots of World War 2” - 500 enlarged photos – battlefields, training, home front, etc., and “Wall of Valour - World War 2 Servicemen and Women with an association with Bathurst who enlisted and served” - 100 enlarged photos. Plus some 2,000 military and WW2 memorabilia items and old wartime newsreels from guest exhibitors.

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. 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. 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.

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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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