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.

It’s free to submit your local events

For maps and details of museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art go to the Culture Maps Central NSW menu.

Opening: exhibitions for Arts OutWest’s 50th Anniversary

St Andrews Hall Court St, Forbes

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest we open a trio of exhibitions:
Behind the Lens: Photographic work by Arts Outwest Media Associates.
Arts OutWest Now: Work by current Arts OutWest staff, board and advisory committee members.
All things ’P’: A selection of 2D and 3D works in pencil, pen, paint, pottery, pastel, print making by members of Forbes Arts Society.

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 guest speakers, ask questions and network with other history enthusiasts.

Held on the first Monday of the month (February to November).

Free
Event Series Wiradjuri Stories

Wiradjuri Stories

Cowra Services Club (Club Cowra) 101 Brisbane Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

A community yarn with panelist speakers about our history, its people and places 200 years on from the frontier wars.

Free

An evening with Luke Sciberras

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

Join Gulgong Arts for an evening with Luke Sciberras.

The Opening Night of the Gulgong Art Prize (Unearthed) is being held on Friday 7 June from 6pm.
During the evening, guest judge Luke Sciberras will present Awards to the competition winners.

$15

art through a designers lens – Spotlight Talk

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

Sip Champagne & meet the creatives as they discuss the themes and content of their work with the curators.

Free

Author Andrew Skeoch Deep Listening to Nature Presentation at Forbes Library

Forbes Library 2 Victoria Lane, Forbes, NSW, Australia

How can we engage our hearing to connect more deeply to nature around us?
Andrew Skeoch is a naturalist, sound recordist, environmental thinker and author of Deep Listening to Nature.
His recordings have been heard in documentaries, installations and feature films such as Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to Rabbit Proof Fence.

Free

Cementa Studio Tours

Online

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. 

Author Andrew Skeoch Deep Listening to Nature Presentation at Blayney Library

Blayney Library 48 Adelaide Street, Blayney, NSW, Australia

How can we engage our hearing to connect more deeply to nature around us?
Andrew Skeoch is a naturalist, sound recordist, environmental thinker and author of Deep Listening to Nature.
His recordings have been heard in documentaries, installations and feature films such as Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to Rabbit Proof Fence.

Free

Author Andrew Skeoch Deep Listening to Nature Presentation at Orange Library

Orange Library (part of Central West Libraries) Civic Square, 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

How can we engage our hearing to connect more deeply to nature around us?
Andrew Skeoch is a naturalist, sound recordist, environmental thinker and author of Deep Listening to Nature.
His recordings have been heard in documentaries, installations and feature films such as Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to Rabbit Proof Fence.

Free

Artist Talk: Sophia Lee Georgas

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Join Sophia Lee Georgas for an artist talk prior to the opening of her exhibition Exalt and Kuba Dorabialski: Crying

Free

Lithgow Heritage Sketching Walk Workshop with Kerry O’Donnell

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

Use sketches and colour analysis to create personal responses to Lithgow’s rich architectural and industrial heritage with Kerry O'Donnell.

A walking tour for adults, easy to medium grade.

$112.50

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

Khayamiya: A History of the Egyptian Tent Makers

Sam Bowker, an Australian specialist, will explore the history and contemporary story of this unique craft used to transform the streets of Egypt and public spaces into vividly-coloured pavilions. Examples of these appliques inspired artists like Henri Matisse and his contemporaries. Examples of khayamia will be on display.

$30.00

Author Talk: The Glass House by Anne Buist & Graeme Simsion

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

The Glass House, is set in an acute psychiatric ward: illuminating Anne’s 35 years' experience as a psychiatrist and Graeme’s deft handling of weighty topics.

Join the authors in conversation with actor, playwright and former ABC journalist, Dr Kay Nankervis.

Free

The Architecture of Mughal India

Dr John Stevens, historian and lecturer on India at the University of London, will take you on a tour of the some of the great architectural landmarks of India (Taj Mahal, the Shalimar gardens of Lahore and the Jama Masjid mosque of Delhi) and explain their cultural background.

$30.00

Collections on Tour: Wages Paid to the Irish Orphans

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

Join experts from Museums of History NSW to view rarely seen state archives that document the history of some of the 4,100 Irish girls and women who came to Australia as orphans between 1848 and 1850 and learn about their lives.

 

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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