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.
It's free to submit your local events. (Use the 'Submit' option under the 'Whats On' menu at the top of the page).
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.

ARTIST TALK Liam Benson in conversation with Richard Perram OAM

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

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is delighted to present Liam Benson in conversation with Richard Perram OAM.
Join artist Liam Benson and curator Richard Perram as they discuss Liam's art, influences and why community engagement sits at the heart of Liam's practice.
Entry to this talk is free.


Monday History Talk

Mudgee Library 64 Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Please join us at Mudgee Library for our next Monday History Talk with special guest Fiona MacDonald who will discuss her recent portrait exhibition and the extensive research behind it of the eight women who were the closest to Henry Lawson.

Public Program Calleen Art Award exhibition

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

Join us at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery for a special floor talk by one of this year’s judges, Peter Haynes - Consultant, Curator, Writer, Art Historian and Artistic Director, Strathnairn Art Centre (ACT) as he discusses the winning work Weather Report by Derek O’Connor and the Calleen Art Award exhibition for 2022.


Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst 224 Howick St, Bathurst, NSW

Friends of the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum present a talk by Ian Eddison,
President of the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association
With the most recent flooding events being current news, Ian Eddison will present
the Circle of Life created by these extremes from drought through the cycle including
a plague of rodents at Wellington Caves, central west slopes and plains of New South

In Conversation with Footy Legend Mat Rogers

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Civic Precinct, Orange, NSW

A Father’s Son: Family, Football and Forgiveness
Mat Rogers is an Aussie footy legend and TV star who triumphed over hardship, loss and heartache.
He is finally ready to share his powerful life story.
Meet Mat in conversation with TripleM's Neil Gill at Orange City Library.


THE ART OF WINE: Sparkling Wines

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

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is delighted to present The Art of Wine: Sparkling Wines


Festival of Natives-Purple Copper Wing Butterfly

Maldhan Ngurr Nugrra Lithgow Transformation Hub 154 Mort Street, Lithgow, NSW

Join us for an evening discussion about the stunning Purple Copper Butterfly and then join us for a light dinner and drinks at the Tin Shed.

Artist Talk – Idris Murphy

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Join Idris Murphy and Gallery Director Bradley Hammond in Conversation.

Curator Conversations – Enemy Aliens: The Dunera boys in Orange, 1941

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Dr Seumas Spark is an Adjunct Fellow in History at Monash University. He is a co-author of the two volume Dunera Lives, (Monash University Publishing, 2018/2020). With Jacquie Houlden, he is co-editor of Shadowline: the Dunera Diaries of Uwe Radok, which will be published in November 2022. He and his colleague Kate Garrett run the Dunera Stories website.


Beyond the Bullsh*t

The Agrestic Grocer, Orange 426 Molong Road, Orange, NSW

Facilitated by Jamie Stedman, a mental health training consultant who has worked with thousands of individuals and who has faced his own mental health battles, ‘Beyond the Bullshit’ is a casual program for men that will fill these important gaps.

Festival of Natives- Koalas of the Central Tablelands

Maldhan Ngurr Nugrra Lithgow Transformation Hub 154 Mort Street, Lithgow, NSW

Join us and Science for Wildlife to learn about the amazing Koala populations living in the Central Tablelands around the Lithgow District.

Lithgow Region New Economy Symposium

Maldhan Ngurr Nugrra Lithgow Transformation Hub 154 Mort Street, Lithgow, NSW

The Lithgow Region New Economy Symposium, a specially curated event dedicated to addressing Lithgow’s economy and brought to you by Lithgow Transformation Hub, is taking place at the Hub from 25-26 November 2022.

Astronomy Night: Stargazing over Portland

The Foundations of Portland Williwa St, Portland, NSW

This event begins as dusk falls, we will all gather together outside, under the stars and around the fire, for a special evening with performances from local dance groups, and discussions from local Knowledge Holders and visiting astrophysicists. Afterwards, we invite you to be guided through the night sky with our telescopes and laser pointers with informal teachings by astronomers from the Australian National University and Dark Skies Downunder.

Free Law Chat Clinic for Artists in NSW

Arts Law are holding two days of free legal chats where you can ask any questions you’ve ever wanted to know about your artistic practice, the law and how to safeguard your arts business.

Meet Author Toby Roberts: Two Mums and a Dad

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Civic Precinct, Orange, NSW

This delightful coming of age memoir explores the angst of puberty, school, sport and bad 80s fashion. Beneath the humour and quirky characters, reminiscent of Netflix’s Sex Education series and just as awkwardly funny, lies a deeper reminder of the human need to pursue more authentic lives, and the capacity for people to surprise us by accepting love in all its forms.


Create Connects: 22/23 Arts & Cultural Funding Program (Round 2) Information Session

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Are you a NSW artist, group or arts and cultural organisation? Are you considering applying for Round Two of the Arts and Cultural Funding Program, opening 6 December 2022? This includes Creative Koori Projects Funding, Project Funding for Individuals and Organisations and Organisation Annual Program Funding.

Local Author to Launch New Children’s Picture Book

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

Elaine Butler is an Irish / Australian visual artist and mobile arts educator from Wallerawang. She has worked with several schools around Lithgow and offers art classes regularly at the Gang Gang Gallery. She is also a mural artist, qualified in art therapy, and a children’s book author & illustrator. Elaine founded Fun Time Art in 2002, bringing creative learning to students of all ages through a variety of art educational programs.

Local Author Paul McCarthy Launches Alo and the Bunyip

Orange Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Alo and the Bunyip - is an adventurous tale of two boys who become inseparable after discovering the mythical creature, "The Bunyip", deep in the Australian bush. The Bunyip becomes intertwined in their lives and changes their paths forever.

Mental Health Awareness: Book Launch

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Civic Precinct, Orange, NSW

A Sickness I am Overcoming is a true story about mental health.

Waste to Art 2023 Information Session

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire council Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW

Textiles and Fast Fashion
Join Netwaste's Environmental Learning Advisor Bill Tink as we take a dive into the world of Fast Fashion and explore the environmental issues and impacts.

Archie 100 Saturday Talks: WENDY SHARPE, artist

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

Wendy Sharpe, Archibald Prize winner in 1996 and finalist 8 times, talks about her experience with Australia's oldest and most-loved portrait prize.


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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