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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Killing For Country: A Family Story by David Marr

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

Marr brings his experience as an investigative journalist, an award-winning biographer and political analyst to the story of a colonial family that seized hundreds of thousands of acres of land and led Aboriginal troopers into bloody massacres in the most violent years of the Native Police.

Join us at Orange City Library to discover this remarkable story told by guest author David Marr.


Kim Kelly In Conversation

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

Milthorpe author Kim Kelly’s novella Ladies’ Rest and Writing Room has just been announced as a winner of the annual 20/40 Prize for ficton and non-fiction works.

Join Kim, in conversation with Jenny Barry for a delightful discussion on her prize-winning novella, the research behind the story and more.

Event Series Cementa Studio Tours

Cementa Studio Tours


You are invited to join us on our online Studio Tour adventure. We will be meeting fortnightly, every other Wednesday at 6pm on Zoom.

The program features a single artist talking for an hour about their practice to an audience of peers, other artists, curators, the occasional writer, close friend or family member. 

Central West Author Kim Kelly Launches Ladies Rest and Writing Room

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

Meet local author Kim Kelly when she launches her latest award-winning book Ladies’ Rest and Writing Room at Orange City Library on Thursday 14 December at 5.30pm.
Kim Kelly’s latest book, Ladies’ Rest and Writing Room, is winner of the inaugural Finlay Lloyd 20/40 Publishing Prize, a new Australian literary award.


Artist Talk – Tessa Morrison ‘Bejewelling Shakespeare’s Women’

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

Artist and author Tessa Morrison specialises in enamel Jewellery.

Her current works on display in the Library explore the role of women in Shakespeare’s plays. Tessa has written a book to accompany her works and research ‘Bejewelling Shakespeare’s Women’.


Event Series Monday History Talks

Monday History Talks

Mudgee Library 64 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Are you interested in the history of Mudgee and surrounding regions? Perhaps you have been working on gathering information on your family history?

Learn about local and family history from our guest speakers, ask questions and network with other history enthusiasts.


Clay Gulgong

Gulgong Gulgong, NSW

This biennial event takes place in a region of north-western New South Wales, Australia, that is globally recognised for its strong links with the field of ceramics. Mansfield Ceramics is committed to bringing the best national and international artists to the beautiful town of Gulgong. Join us April 15 – 21, 2024; we have put together a jam-packed week-long program of events that includes something for everyone interested in ceramics.
Artistic Director: Bernadette Mansfield


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

Featured events‘ are those submitted directly online by presenters.

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