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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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

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. 

War & Peace – Australian War Artists Lecture

Historian and art curator Gavin Fry will sketch in the background to one of the most remarkable initiatives that emerged from the wars of the 20th century. His lecture will concentrate on two Australian artists, Ben Quilty and George Gittoes, whose works cover the often deadly, dangerous peacekeeping missions of Australian military and police forces since the end of the Vietnam War.

$30.00

Stories by the Fire Truck

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

Join us for story time inspired by 'Orange 412: A History of our local Fire Brigade'.

Bring your little ones for a laid back exploration of our latest exhibition. Children can sit or explore while they listen to stories read by our Museum educators.

Free

Muster – ‘The Lure of the Bald Hills’

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

A talk based on a poem “Views from the Bald Hills” published in the Bathurst Times in November 1912. It captures the fascination for Bathurst’s dominant south-west backdrop once known as the Bald Hills and now known as Mt Panorama/Wahluu.

Gold Coin

Orange City Library: Scott Honeysett launches Scattered Branches

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

Shattered Branches by Scott Honeysett offers a frank account of 12 lives in war and peace of the Honeysett family including Clarence Mayford Honeysett who rests in Orange Cemetery.

Free

History Talk: From the Grand Hotel to Gallipoli

Bathurst Historical Museum East Wing Bathurst CourtHouse, Russell Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

BDHS April 2024 history talk is 'From the Grand Hotel to Gallipoli: the forgotten World War One stories of the Treanor Family'.

Join family historian Darrin Treanor from QLD to hear about Joseph Treanor from Bathurst, and his cousins John, James and Frank, their service and the lives they had upon their return to Australia. 

Gold Coin

Rachael Mogan McIntosh Launches Mothering Heights

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

A year of joy and survival in the trenches of early parenthood.

Following the year Rachael Mogan McIntosh gave birth to her third child and shapeshifted from wild to mild, Mothering Heights is an hilarious, moving celebration of early parenthood – written by a survivor.

Come along and meet Rachael for some laughs and hilarious fun.

Free

Meet Jelena Dokic

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

Jelena Dokic shocked the world when her first book, Unbreakable, was released. Her story of survival made headlines worldwide. 

Fearless, her second book, talks about the power of sharing our stories, discovering your voice, finding meaning and purpose, and the importance of kindness.

Meet Jelena and hear about her story in person at the library.

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

Black, no sugar

Lithgow Library & Learning Centre 157 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

A launch event for our new exciting literary and audio project.

This event launches our fund-raising campaign through the ACF's Boost initiative, whereby the ACF will match your donations to this project dollar-for-dollar - up to $5,000.

Free

The Decanter: An Illustrated History

A very special program with Andy McConnell, the extremely knowledgeable and entertaining “star” on the BBC and ABC’s Antiques Roadshow. Everyone is welcome to bring along their “old and treasured” glassware to be appraised by the expert. Afterwards he will lecture on 5,000 years of glass and especially the decanter, the fount of wine and spirit consumption since classical times.

$30.00

Author Talk – Tania Blanchard

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

Join author Tania Blanchard for a discussion on her new historical fiction A Woman of Courage, a story of the fight for women’s suffrage in England.

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

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

 

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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