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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There Is No Lead Mine Here – Kandos Projects

Kandos Projects Windows - 24 hour access 18 Angus Ave, Kandos, NSW, Australia

In collaboration with the Mudgee Region Action Group, artists Terry Burrows, Lulu Wulf, Jo Albany, Andrew Robards and Gus Amstrong present a second iteration of the Armstrong-curated exhibition, ‘There Is No Lead Mine Here’.  Originally installed at Way Out Artspace in Kandos, 19 local artists from the Lawsons Creek Art Fellowship were invited to respond to “the anxieties, impacts and consequences of having a large scale open cut silver mine approved within 20 kilometres of your community.”

Free
Event Series Waalarrinji (long-time-now)

Waalarrinji (long-time-now)

WAYOUT ArtSpace, Kandos 71 Angus St, Kandos, NSW, Australia

Waalarrinji (long-time-now) is an exhibition about identity, Culture, and Country. It is about knowledges given, knowledges stolen and knowledges reclaimed. 

Threads of knowledges are stitched into the works symbolically and physically; a patchwork connecting places and people. Snippets of language and stories threaded together across time, connecting past, present and future. Knowledges that were, that are, that will be. Knowledges both private and cultural. 

Free

motofotozen

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

Motorsport photographer, Zenio Lapkas' exhibition, motofotozen is a retrospective audio-visual experience.
Held in the slightly darkened gallery space, Zenio will showcase a collection of motor sport-related images in print and projectio

Free

WYANGALA – Plein Air workshop with Sarah Randall

The Corridor Project, Wyangala Darbys Falls, NSW, Australia

Join us for a plein air painting weekend tutored by Australian Artist Sarah Randall. The program is designed for beginners to experienced artists who are seeking professional skills development in learning new techniques focussed on landscape painting.

$695.00

Mrs Hawke and the Angel of Death

Keystone 1889, Bathurst 99 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Bathurst Theatre Company present their latest Radio Play by Phil Sanders: Mrs Hawke and the Angel of Death.​

This is Part 2 and follows their hit show Mrs Hawke Goes West. 

$25 – $65

Artz Piknik

Vale Community Hall Mort St, Vale of Clwydd, NSW, Australia

Wouldn’t you like to hang out in a place where someone is playing guitar by the creek while a sculptor gives something form, a trio of poets are waxing verse by the bridge, the kids are playing on the slippery-dip, your mates are chilling with a coffee on the grass and a painter is smearing it all on a canvas; the photographer is shooting the painter, gets distracted by the band jam in the hall (who sound like rubbish for a second because they are watching the video projected on the wall) and the open mic comedian is just taking the absolute micky out of the lot of them?

FREE - Donations encouraged
Event Series Mondays at the Museum

Mondays at the Museum

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

Mondays at the Museum is a free one-hour session designed for 3–5-year-olds and their grown-ups to explore and create at Orange Regional Museum.
Each week we explore a different part of the museum before getting into a craft activity based on what we've discovered.
Mondays at the Museum are a great opportunity for parents and carers to enjoy time with their children in an educational environment and meet up with other Orange families.
Mondays at the Museum runs each Monday during school term

Free

Meet Craig Semple: The Cop Who Fell to Earth

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

The Cop Who Fell to Earth is Craig's story of transformation and profound personal growth through exposure to extreme life events. Ultimately, it is a story of how human endurance, tenacity, sacrifice and belief in something beyond the self ultimately lead to the triumph of good over evil.

Free

Cowra Library: Meet Craig Semple The Cop Who Fell to Earth

Cowra Library 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

The Cop Who Fell to Earth is Craig's story of transformation and profound personal growth through exposure to extreme life events. Ultimately, it is a story of how human endurance, tenacity, sacrifice and belief in something beyond the self ultimately lead to the triumph of good over evil.

Free

Author Talk – Craig Semple

Bathurst Library 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Join ex NSW Police Officer Craig Semple for an honest and insightful discussion on his book 'The Cop Who Fell To Earth'

Free
Event Series Watercolour Classes with Caz Mackenzie

Watercolour Classes with Caz Mackenzie

Orange Art Society 22 Sale Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Beginners are welcome. If you have some experience with watercolours then that’s great as well!
I provide all the materials for you to use on the night.
If you want to wear an apron then please bring your own. There are tea and coffee making facilities at the art rooms, please feel free to bring any snacks you may want for yourself.
Currently classes are for adults only i.e. not children's classes

$50

Gyan Yankovich – In Conversation

Bathurst Library 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Former Bathurst girl, Gyan Yankovich will be in conversation to discuss her debut book Just Friends.

The book explores modern friendship – what it means to be, to make and, sometimes, to lose a friend. It is a celebration of friendships, shining a light on the many different forms they can take and the comfort they provide, whether they exist within the workplace, emerge in motherhood, are uncovered inside our neighbourhoods or become our chosen family.

Free

Orange Regional Museum – Exhibition Opening – Orange 412

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

Join Orange Regional Museum to celebrate the opening of their new exhibition Orange 412: A history of our local Fire Brigade. Take a look back through the history of the men and women who have served our community at Station 412.

Free

Curator Conversations – Orange 412

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

Join exhibition curator Mary-Liz Andrews for a free floor talk to hear more about our new exhibition Orange 412: A history of our local Fire Brigade.

Music on Mount David Concert 31

Kennedy Park 185 Loch Erin Road, Mount David, NSW, Australia

We present a beautifully diverse program, performed by a quartet comprising winds and piano. Many of you have met Jocelyn Fazzone, flute, Carol Coomber, clarinet, and Julia Brimo, piano in previous Mount David performances by the quintet 'Windfall' with Julia in 2014. After the death of John Cran on 6th June 2020, we are delighted to introduce bassoonist Jennifer Chih-chen Yeh.

$50

Paddy Smith live @ Sam’s Bar Millthorpe

Sams Bar, Millthorpe 9 Pym St, Millthorpe

Sam’s Bar returns for 2024 with one major change; we will now be open Saturday evenings instead of Friday. Starting Saturday 2 March with live entertainment from Paddy Smith from 6pm!! Can’t wait to see you there

Free

The Witches of Eastwick

Keystone 1889, Bathurst 99 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Broken Banjo Productions presents The Witches of Eastwick. 
In the sleepy town of Eastwick, our three (not-so-wicked) witches Alexandra Spofford, Sukie Rougemont and Jane Smart are divorcees feeling trapped in their everyday humdrum lives. One stormy night, high on Martinis and brownies, they make a crazy wish - for a man to make their own. BUT their wish has consequences they could never have dreamed...

$42 – $65

All Stops Out

Bathurst Uniting Church Hall 140A William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

The Bathurst Uniting Church and The Allegri Singers present a pipe organ concert by renowned Australian organist, Christopher Wrench, and supported by The Allegri Singers.
The concert will be a celebration of the sesquicentenary of the church's rare pip organ.

$35 – $40

Molong Library: Seniors Week: Meet Author Anne Ring – Engaging With Ageing

Cabonne Community Centre, Molong Bank St, Molong

We all get older, and yet ageing is a topic that is often ignored altogether or treated as something wholly negative. We are bombarded with products and lifestyle hacks to wind back the clock, perpetuating the stigma of old age.

In Engaging with Ageing Anne Ring challenges this with a fresh, new and wholistic perspective on growing older.

Free

Canowindra Library: Seniors Week: Meet Author Anne Ring – Engaging With Ageing

Canowindra Canowindra, NSW, Australia

We all get older, and yet ageing is a topic that is often ignored altogether or treated as something wholly negative. We are bombarded with products and lifestyle hacks to wind back the clock, perpetuating the stigma of old age.

In Engaging with Ageing Anne Ring challenges this with a fresh, new and wholistic perspective on growing older.

Free

Andrea Hopgood – Blur

The Corner Store Gallery, Orange 382 Summer Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Andrea is a prolific artist who is represented by various Galleries within Australia and collections worldwide. She creates work that observe the ordinary, but celebrate the beauty within.
Andrea presents us with a collection of work that invites us to emerge from the blur of the last few years and find some clarity in the future. Using the landscape as reference, “Blur” envelopes the viewer in a haze that evokes comfort and hope.

Free
Event Series Talks & Tea at BRAG

Talks & Tea at BRAG

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

Join Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) Volunteer Guides for a spotlight talk and walk through of current exhibition Deborah Kelly: CREATION.
Held on the second Wednesday of each month, this is a new social series for visitors to learn more about the current exhibitions, Bathurst's vibrant art scene, and to meet like-minded locals!

Free

Manildra: Seniors Week: Meet Author Anne Ring – Engaging With Ageing

Amusu Theatre & Movie Poster Museum, Manildra 17 Derowie Street, Manildra, NSW, Australia

We all get older, and yet ageing is a topic that is often ignored altogether or treated as something wholly negative. We are bombarded with products and lifestyle hacks to wind back the clock, perpetuating the stigma of old age.

In Engaging with Ageing Anne Ring challenges this with a fresh, new and wholistic perspective on growing older.

Free

 

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.

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