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 happening in the region each year.

Looking for the ongoing or regularly open museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art? They’re all covered at our Culture Maps Central NSW. Explore it here

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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.

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.

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.

Amala Groom: RE: Union

Sat October 17 - Sun December 6

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. A six-year survey of the video and photographic work of Wiradjuri artist Amala Groom, One and the Same reflects upon the artist’s use of self-portraiture to explore complex issues around identity, sovereignty, history, politics, culture and spirituality.

Jock Alexander: Of This Place

Sat October 17 - Sun December 6

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Jock Alexander's appreciation of the Central West, particularly of Wahluu (Mount Panorama), is a source of intellectual and spiritual inspiration with which he seeks to address the region’s colonial history and its legacy.

Tom Buckland: Flightpaths

Sat October 17 - Sun December 6

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Through a series of works made of bronze, cardboard and found objects, sculptor Tom Buckland explores our emotional, ethical and imaginative connection to the world of birds.

Wiradyuri: Ngurang Buwugarra-gu Gudhi-dha Murruway, Wiradyuri Ngaanha, Birrunga Wiradyuri

Sat October 17 - Sun December 6

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Birrunga Wiradyuri is a Wiradyuri artist who produces original narrative works of Wiradyuri Culture, history, spirituality and Lore. This exhibition focuses on aspects of Birrunga’s personal Songline, referencing geographic and historic sites across the Bathurst region as well as contemporary Cultural narratives relating to colonisation, leading up to and including the Bathurst War of 1824, through Muyulung


Sun November 1 - Sat November 28

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. Take a walk through our current exhibition Fresh by emerging artists Rishelle Kent, Kelsie Rose Davis, Jane Thompson and Samantha Coronel

Rankin Cottage Craft – Christmas Handmade Gifts

Sun November 1 - Mon November 30

BATHURST. There’s nothing nicer to receive a handmade gift, so if you’re looking for something to treat your taste buds, to wear or just to enjoy. Call in and see the selection of local handmade items.

Baker’s Dozen Art Exhibition (On Site and Virtual Exhibition)

Sun November 1 - Mon November 30

ROSEBANK GALLERY AND GUESTHOUSE, MILLTHORPE. Rosebank Gallery and Guesthouse will feature an exhibition of unique works from local artists inspired and developed through the years. Artists include Jenny Beach, Malcolm Booby, Marjo Carter, Kay Chapman, Kerri Hallinan, Barbara Holmes, Bruce Holmes, Karen James, David Lake, Claire Newlyn, Jane Patterson, Louise Ranshaw and Wendy Smith.


Thu November 5 - Thu November 26

PLATYPUS GALLERY, FORBES. Locals and visitors are invited to decipher the hidden meanings behind each of works featured in a new exhibition at The Platypus Gallery in Forbes.

Jeff Doherty – Exhibition

Sat November 7 - Mon November 30

EGLINTON. Local artist, children’s author, and wearer of quirky painted shoes, Jeffery E Doherty will be holding an exhibition of his art, illustrations and books at The Church Block Café, Eglinton

Visions of Country

Sat 7 November 2020, - Thu 21 January 2021,

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. Spanning early Australian modernists to present day artists, Visions of Country presents works from the Orange Regional Gallery Collection that examine different encounters and impressions of land

The Company We Keep

Fri November 13 - Fri November 27

T.ARTS GALLERY, BATHURST. The Company We Keep demonstrates the positivity we can manifest when we place ourselves in the right surroundings. Our families. Our creative spaces. Our favourite brushes, our subjects, our collaborations and our collective inspiration

This Place, a Group Exhibition

Wed November 18 - Sat November 28

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. Abstract artists Daniela Cristallo, Fleur Stevenson, Jackie Anderson, Liz Wickramasinghe and Madeline Young have each created a series of works that celebrate a specific place or landscape. While these artists all have very different styles, this exhibition will bring them all together in a beautiful abstract landscape exhibition

Sue Hodge – Captain Barnacles Alphabet Adventure

Sun November 22 - Sun December 6

CANOWINDRA. The Exhibition is based on the adventures of Captain Barnacles. Captain Barnacles is a pirate of the best kind and this exhibition is a series of illustrated panels based on his experiences on the high seas

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