Welcome to our 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. Use the contact or ticketing details listed with each event.

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Orange 412: A history of our local fire brigade

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Formed in 1869 after a terrible fire gutted the Nelson Bros warehouse on Byng Street, the Orange Volunteer Fire Brigade – today known as Orange 412 – has a long tradition of serving the community and saving lives.

Join us for a hands-on exploration of the fascinating history of our local fire brigade. This family-friendly exhibition includes kids’ dress-ups, playful storytelling, and an interactive fire truck, alongside stunning images and historical firefighting equipment.

Exhibition: ‘Guwayu – For All Time’

Mudgee Arts Precinct 90 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

This powerful exhibition of First Nations artists illuminates and honours the past we have inherited and looks to the future we will leave behind.

Guwayu: for all time will showcase the meta-temporal nature of Australia’s history where the past, present and future exist together.

Free

Season One: Terrestrial

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) announces the launch of our inaugural Seasons program, with Season One: Terrestrial.
A world of wonder, magic, and leaps of imagination may be just what it takes to understand the past and reimagine the future. Artists of Season One: Terrestrial explore the terrestrial plane of our planet through the lenses of history, consumer culture, science fiction and fabulism, taking us on a larger-than-life journey through familiar and unfamiliar landscapes. Time fades as we are silenced for a moment to ponder, what do we know about our natural world and how is it that we came to know it?

FREE

Plinth Show: Ronda Sharpe

Forbes Visitor Information Centre Lachlan Vintage Village, 46 Mary Street, Forbes, NSW

Arts OutWest’s Plinth Show will highlight a different artist, with their work displayed on portable plinths, at a different visitor information centre around the Central West each month for 12 months. Forbes is the first exhibition.
The 3D woven works of Parkes-based Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharp intertwines a visual narrative of languages, culture, and traditional artefact forms. Her environmental arts practice combines the use of repurposed mediums with natural fibres.

Free entry

Disguised

71 Angus Avenue, Kandos NSW, Australia 71 Angus Avenue, Kandos, NSW, Australia

An exhibition of photographs by Cementa's Uncooperative Social Arts Program for Young People. See the amazing costumes and characters these young people from Kandos, Rylstone and the surrounding area have created in their spare time. Exhibition hours are 10am to 2pm, Friday to Sunday.

Free

art through a designers lens

GANG GANG Gallery, Lithgow 206 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Immerse yourself in the imagined landscapes of a curated selection of NSW artists, art & design educators & creative practitioners as they weave threads of art and design to shift the way we look at urban, rural, personal and chromatic space and uncover the blind spot.

Free

Exhibition: ‘Environmental Echoes’ by Forbes Art Group

Grenfell Art Gallery 88 Main Street, Grenfell, NSW, Australia

An exhibition by a group of Forbes Artists who share the desire to visually express all aspects of their environment. The exhibition will consist of portrayals of landscapes, flora, fauna, still life and creative explorations into fantasy landscape.

Free
Event Series Parkes Brick Show 2024

Parkes Brick Show 2024

Parkes Services Club 9-17 Short Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

For the first time ever, Playwell Events are excited to be heading to Parkes. This June, we will be at the Parkes Services Club with our amazing LEGO exhibition. Featuring over 30 tables of custom-built LEGO models, with a wide-ranging variety of themes, there will be something for everyone.
We will also have our ever-popular play tables where the kids can get creative and build themselves.
There will also be opportunities to purchase LEGO sets & parts on the day from our vendors.

$10.00

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE – Jo Albany

GANG GANG Gallery, Lithgow 206 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Jo is an Iningai Kalkadoonwooman living on Dabee Wiradjury Country, she is also the First Nations Curator for the Cementa Festival.

Jo studied Visual Arts at the Southern Cross University Lismore and in Italy. She has worked as a Curator and Artist in the Aboriginal Community of the Southern Highlands for 20 years prior to moving to the Central West. Jo works using Collage, Found Objects, Installations, Weaving and Painting.

Free
Event Series Pencil Drawing with Tina Beaumont

Pencil Drawing with Tina Beaumont

The Odd Sock Gallery - Art & Craft Supplies + Gallery 8 Farm Lane, #Shop 4, Blayney, NSW, Australia

In this 2 hour class, you'll learn to master the skills of everyday drawing. The class is suitable for anyone starting out, or if you want to build on existing skills. Every week, Tina will work with each student to help build on what has been learnt to help create a consistent technique and master your drawings.

$30

High Tea by Bathurst Panorama Chorus

Holy Trinity Church Hall Gilmour Street, Kelso, NSW

Join us for a delicious High Tea, including lucky door prizes, raffles and trading table and featuring a performance by the Chorus.

$30

Sunday Session at The Bowlo

Canowindra Bowling Club 64 Ryall St,, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Canowindra Music & Events Co. has had a long relationship with the legends from the Guilty Dogs and they will ALL be back on stage at a FREE community event ... a Sunday Session no less.

Winter Warm Up Exhibition

Oberon Library Oberon, NSW, Australia

Exhibition of entries for craft items made with warm fibre or fabric.

Children’s Watercolour Classes

Perthville Community Hall 20 Rockley Street, Perthville, NSW, Australia

Come along and learn how to use watercolour paints.
Please bring watercolour paper, watercolour brushes, palette, soft pencil and a rubber.
Templates provided.
Boards and tape provided.

$10

WINHANGANHA Film Screening

Maldhan Ngurr Nugrra Lithgow Transformation Hub, Western Sydney University 154 Mort Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

This is a free screening of WINHANGANHA at the Lithgow Transformation Hub.

Hosted by Maldhan Ngurr Ngurra Lithgow Transformation Hub and presented by the National Film and Sound Archive.

Free

Flickerfest 2024 Canowindra

Rosnay Organic, Canowindra 510 Rivers Road, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Celebrating 33 years in 2024, Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Oscar® and BAFTA Qualifying international short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s record 3,400 entries! 

Still Life in Watercolour Workshop

Grenfell Dramatic Society Hall Rose Street, Grenfell, NSW, Australia

Pamela works in various mediums– watercolour, acrylic, pastels, graphite, inks, oils and mixed media. She is an accomplished traditional award winning artist. Her teaching and mentoring over many years (50) has seen her students go on to achieve greater success.

$30 – $55

OPENING NIGHT – Dhuluny: The war that never ended

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

BRAG invites you to the launch of Dhuluny: The war that never ended.

The exhibition is part of The Dhuluny Project – a series of events commemorating the 200-year anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on 14 August 1824 in the Bathurst region and the ensuing frontier violence.

Free

Fire & Frost Exhibition

t.arts Gallery, Bathurst 47 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

T.arts Gallery is excited to present the Fire and Frost Art Exhibition, an exhibition by local artists from the T.Arts Co-operative and some invited artists with a variety of works expressing the themes of the Winter Festival.

Free

Dhuluny: the war that never ended

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) presents major exhibition Dhuluny: the war that never ended, curated by Wiradyuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones and Wirribee Aunty Leanna Carr.

The exhibition is part of The Dhuluny Project – a series of events commemorating the 200-year anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on 14 August 1824 in the Bathurst region and the ensuing frontier violence. Dhuluny means the direct or gospel truth, and the commemoration offers visitors the opportunity to share and understand the true history of our country and celebrate the resilience of the Wiradyuri Nation.

Free

The Bush & Beyond: Australia’s Seasonal Palette

Rosnay Organic, Canowindra 510 Rivers Road, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Join rural emerging artist Elyssa Storey as she opens her first exhibition as a professional artist. Her exhibition 'The Bush & Beyond: Australia's Seasonal Palette' is a celebration of the diverse seasons that adorn Australia's countryside, drawing inspiration from Elyssa's travels through the western region of NSW and the Riverina.

Free

Picasso. A Rebel in Paris. Story of a Life and a Museum

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Picasso. A Rebel in Paris. Story of a Life and a Museum creates and develops an original portrait of the artist, outlining the contradictory nature of his character – at the same time generous and despotic, made of sunshine and shadow, often hidden behind a mask – and the duplicity of his behavior, even with the many women in his life.

$25

 

The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Event listings 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.

The best way to include your event is to use our SUBMIT HERE form (under the What’s On menu at the top of each page). These listings will be manually approved by the Arts OutWest team before publication.  Please allow a couple of days for listings to be published. If you have submitted an event and want to make changes just email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

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