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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June Golland Past Present Continuous

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

Past, Present, Continuous is a series of hand-cut and hand-beaded curtains made from flame-polished plastic, a craft material from the 1960s. The work was inspired by a collection of the material gifted to the artist. Referencing transitional spaces within domestic homes the installation is a gentle meditation on the passing of time and how places and materials haunt us.


“DRYLANDS – Sacred ground” – Exhibition by Joy Engelman

The Peisley St Gallery, Orange 54 Peisley St Gallery, Orange, NSW, Australia

A selection of works from Engelman's travels across the outback over the past 12 years, these focus on the dry lakes and deserts, and are representational works of the energies and spirit she felt during my explorations. We live in amazing country unlike any other, a wide expanse of flatness filled with awe and colour, it reminds Engelman, she states, of driving through a large painting; the creation of a vast universal mind. 



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

WAYOUT_blp is a site-specific artwork by Margaret Roberts that makes the site an active player in the work by inviting anyone to lend an object they live with, to be arranged with others into one shape on the WAYOUT floor. These varied objects are the artwork’s ‘chance’ materials delivered by the site. The shape into which they will be arranged is known in art-history as a ‘blp’, and used as a ‘discursive mark’ for ‘here’, wherever it is located. In WAYOUT, that art-usage temporarily frames the objects and their lenders’ decisions to participate. Multiple forms of documentation are planned during the show: observational drawers are invited to record objects’ likenesses and oral history buffs are invited to record stories that lenders tell about their objects. After 7 weeks, this shape will dissolve as objects return home, their ‘provenance’ altered by participation in the communal ‘blp’.


PAINTING WITH SCISSORS – a tribute to Henri Matisse

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

Inspired by Henri Matisse's cut-out technique, our new exhibition opens on Sunday, 21st May 2023.
Everyone is invited to come along and create their own artwork in this style. We have daily activities that demonstrate and teach his techniques.
You'll discover composition, abstraction, and representational art, creative process, and invention.

The Sound of Music

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

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including Climb Ev’ry Mountain, My Favourite Things, Do Re Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars.

While The World Waits

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

In 2022 artists from across the Central West were asked to use the album  While the World Waits. as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work.
While the World Waits Exhibition is a curated exhibition in which selected artists each respond to one or more tracks, title or words on the album.
The exhibition will showcase work from across all mediums. You will see painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.
Artists featured are: Bridget Thomas (Bathurst), Cate McCarthy (Yetholme), Gemma Clipsham (Bathurst), Gus Armstrong (Rylstone), Harrie Fasher (Portland), Heather Dunn (Bathurst), Heather Vallance (Orange), Helen Carpenter (Grenfell), Hugh McKinnon (orange), Jane Tonks (Orange), Laura Baker (Blayney), Lise Edwards (Lithgow), Henry Simmons & River Yarners (Bathurst), Robert Hirschmann (Portland), Shani Nottingham (Cowra), Stephan de Witt (Parkes), Timothy Seager (Bathurst), Aleshia Lonsdale (Mudgee), Steven Cavanagh (Hill End), Christine McMillan (Kandos).

Free entry

LITTLE NOTHINGS: Shani Nottingham

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

As small mundane and usually overlooked pieces of single-use plastic, bread-tags are an abundant waste material, a polluting product that are abundant - a waste material, a polluting product. I reclaim and transform them, moving past their initial purpose and life span to become something ‘other’ that has value and meaning, provoking response and creating a space for dialogue about plastic waste. These breadtags have been saved and sent to me from people all over Australia and the world, as part of my ongoing work for 'The Breadtag Project’. Whatever the medium, I am continually drawn to pattern, colour, line and repetition. The theme of collecting is consistent, too, as I find solace and joy in the process of creating order from chaos, observing similarities and disparities. Through my work, I seek out small elements of beauty and interest in everyday life, of finding moments and objects that can either bind, comfort and hold us or confront and surprise us. 

Free entry

Bathurst Arts Trail

Bathurst Bathurst, NSW, Australia

The Bathurst Arts Trail is a collective of artists throughout the Bathurst region who open their galleries and studios to visitors on the first weekend of each month.


Brenda Stace Chat Painting Exhibition at Rosnay Winery

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

Brenda is currently camping out amongst the ancient landscapes of Lake Mungo in far western New South Wales. This echoes earlier solo trips to the Pilbara in Western Australia which resulted in some of her most captivating works that won her the Pilbara Art Award in 2004. Paintings from this trip will feature in this exhibition. Brenda finds the opportunity to create works on country, immersed in the landscape, an inspiration: “away from the mundanity of ‘I wonder how the tomatoes are going?’ You’ve got your kit, you’re self-sufficient and you F*** off. Exhilarating! You find yourself. It takes away the fluff of social constraints”.

Capertee Valley and the Cliffs of many Colours

Gallery 47 Rylstone 47 Louee St, Rylstone, NSW

An exhibition by local artist living in the Capertee Valley of the sandstone cliffs painted Pleinair using oils on canvas. Approximately 30paintings, half of them Pleinair and the remainder painted in the home studio


Prince Charming’s Complaint and Anzac Biscuits

Club Lithgow - Lithgow City Bowling Club 2C Lithgow St, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Lithgow Theatre Group will also be performing the 2 plays in Lithgow on Saturday 3 June and 16 June 2023. Anzac Biscuits was written by two very experienced Australian playwrights, Rob Smith and John Mawson. Prince Charming's Complaint was written by Bruce Kane.

Tulip Table Runner

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

Come along and learn how to make this exquisite table runner. You will learn how to cut fabric and assemble into this tulip design.


Auditions for Intertwined

St Raphael’s Church, Cowra Cowra, NSW, Australia

At the heart of ‘Intertwined’ is a story of three people from three entirely different backgrounds and worlds. Contemporary, historical and ancient cultures collide in this exploration of commonalities, differences and enduring lessons of life with the backdrop of The Second World War.

Rise Up

Orange City Bowling Club 61-89 Warrendine Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Orange Male Voice Choir & Cantar Community Choir are combining forces to present a benefit concert in aid of flood relief for the Central West Region. The recent devastating floods in Molong, Eugowra and Forbes wreaked terrible havoc on those communities and the choirs are highly committed to making their own small gesture to both lift spirits and modestly alleviate hardship. The choirs will each perform a bracket of their own before coming together to present combined items including a Seekers Medley - a nice tribute to the late Judith Durham.

$15 – $25

Orange Winter Jazz Festival 2023

Orange Orange, NSW, Australia

Get set for a weekend of great music and fine wine in the picturesque winter wonderland of Orange. This beautiful and historic township plays host to the best of the Central West’s music scene, alongside Australia’s most electrifying jazz artists across the June long weekend 2023.
Meander between music venues, discover historic sites, boutique food and brews or explore the wine trails of the region and quaint surrounding villages in this three-day festival.
Just four hours drive from Sydney, three hours from Canberra, and five hours from Newcastle, the Orange Winter Jazz Festival is the perfect weekend escape.

une[art]hed Art Prize – GULGONG

Gulgong Memorial Hall 112 Herbert St, Gulgong, NSW, Australia

Gulgong Arts Council is thrilled to announce that Wendy Sharpe, one of Australia's most acclaimed and awarded artists, who lives between Sydney and Paris, is visiting Gulgong as guest judge of our unethed competition in June 2023.


Broadway Diva

St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst 220 Bentinck St, Bathurst, 2795, Australia

Opera and Musical Theatre singer, Olivia Ruggiero, stars in Broadway Diva - a cabaret featuring Broadway Belts, West End Wonders, Opera Classics, and beloved show tunes from productions such as Les Miserables, Anastasia, Cabaret, Smash, Jesus Christ Superstar and more.

$35 – $45

The Art Makers Exhibition

2nd Orange Scout Group 94 Kite Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Lovingly crafted, imaginatively created. All for sale and will include: ceramics, cards, bags, jewellery, works in glass, work with fabric and paper as well as work on canvas and paper.
Everything beautiful and practical, for you and those you want to show your love or gratitude to, too.


The Witching Hour (Gulgong)

The Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong 101 Mayne St, Gulgong, NSW, Australia

A rare opportunity to enjoy music composed and played by the acclaimed Elena Kats-Chernin, accompanied by visual projections of artwork by the Archibald-winning artist, Wendy Sharpe. Together they will engage the audience with stories of their art practice and the connections in their work, followed by a short Q&A.


Andy Nelson Live @ Sam’s Bar!

Sams Bar, Millthorpe 9 Pym St, Millthorpe

A June long weekend special Saturday night Sam’ Bar experience!
Join us at Sam’s Bar Millthorpe, Saturday 10th of June with tunes from Andy Nelson from 6pm


Rocky Horror Picture Show

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

Join us for Saturday Night at the Movies in the Keystone Theatre for the classic 1975 Rocky Horror Picture Show. This will be an immersive experience with audience participation during the movie. And be sure to dress in theme! 


Quick workshop: Arts Funding (NEW DATE)

Cowra Railway Station 16 Mid Western Highway, Cowra, NSW, Australia

An hour and a half overview of arts funding including time to briefly discuss your funding plans.

Free, bookings required

Meet Local Author Harold Treasure at Cowra Library

Cowra Library 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

King's Spur is set in the Dargo High Plains last century and is inspired by distant Treasure relatives who are part of the High Country cattleman myths and legends.
This fictional story has its roots in history, wild remote landscapes and challenges faced by the first Europeans.


Cowra Eisteddfod Grand Concert 2023

Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Cowra Eisteddfod Grand Concert of Prize Winners is a showcase of the amazing talent the eisteddfod attracts each year.


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.

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