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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Event Series The Uncooperative

The Uncooperative

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

The Uncooperative is returning! Cementa has a whole new program for young people aged 13 to 19 years old in Kandos and surrounds.

Each week, an awesome Cementa artist will show you how to make cool stuff, you’ll get FREE afternoon tea and a FREE ride home.

Event Series Creative Enrichment Day

Creative Enrichment Day – Bathurst

Bathurst TAFE Panorama Ave, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Come along and explore your artistic talents guided by a practicing professional artist, Caitlin Graham, and just in time for Christmas. 

This workshop will focus on creating your own unique Christmas or gift cards through printmaking techniques. 

Event Series Camera Club

Camera Club

Neighbourhood Central - Parkes Cnr Bushman & Currajong Streets, PARKES, NSW, Australia

Parkes Camera Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

All welcome!

Gift Wrapping, Tags and Fandangles

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire Council Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Join Helen Standen and Deb Jones in a fun filled morning creating your own homemade gift wrapping with potato printing, watercolour, pom poms and other fibre crafts.
Bring your own brown paper bags to decorate, gifts to wrap and be ready to have some fun.


DIY Christmas Decorations Workshop

78 Designs Shop 2, 5 Foster Street, Lake Cargelligo, NSW, Australia

If you would like some personalised ornaments for your Christmas tree this workshop is for you.

Follow along or design your own in a creative space. 


Painting Group

Northside Chapel, Forbes 59 Johnson Street, Forbes, NSW, Australia

Painting groups every Thursday at Northside Chapel.

Artists of all ages and abilities are welcome to come along.


Christmas Wreath Workshop

little magpie gallery 53 Kendal Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Learn how to design, style and create your own hanging wreath, ready for the festive season.

Your ticket price includes bubbles and delicious snacks, plus all of the materials you will need to create a stunning, native wreath. Your wreath will dry naturally for you to use decoratively throughout the year. Join us for an evening of fun and creativity!!


Join our Fibre Group

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

This group will work on a weekly activity to learn and share new knowledge and skills.

Event Series Learn to Crochet

Learn to Crochet

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

Come along and learn how to crochet, covering everything from holding your hook and yarn, through to creating designs. 

Sessions every Thursday and Friday.


Art Group

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

Free art workshops every Saturday morning. 

Why not try something new. Drawing, painting, collage are just some of the activities available


Creative Enrichment Day – Orange

TAFE Orange Orange, NSW, Australia

Come along and explore your artistic talents guided by a professional artist currently practicing in the industry, through a workshop in printmaking, drawing, painting and photography.

Event Series Hardanger Embroidery

Hardanger Embroidery

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

Patricia Moss is an accomplished hardanger embroidery artist and has taught this craft for more than 20 years at her own studio in Sydney. 

She enjoys sharing these techniques and skills with all her students. 

$20 – $25

Travel and Landscape Photography Workshop

Orange Botanic Gardens 300 Hill Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate this workshop is designed to enhance your skills and creativity. It will help you gain confidence with your camera using manual settings. You will learn about the combination of aperture, shutter speeds and ISO. The importance of composition and lighting and recognise how to put it all together. The workshop will give you the skills to capture stunning travel and landscape images.

Event Series Steam Workshop

Steam Workshop

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire Council Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

All Things Paper STEAM workshop is for children in year 3 - 6 .

Explore paper circuitry art, construct paper boats and test their floating capacity and test the strength of paper in the paper bridge challenge.


Christmas Wreath Workshop

Weddin Community Native Nursery 43 East Street, Grenfell, NSW, Australia

Join Weddin Landcare and local florist Elyse from Paper Daisy Studio to create a Christmas wreath using fresh and dried native florals, that will last for years to come!

Event Series Oil Painting Workshops

Oil Painting Workshops

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

These classes on every second and fourth Thursday of the month and are aimed at artists experienced in using oil paints. 

Your tutor, Grahame Martin has represented Australia and has featured in both national and international magazines.

Event Series Kids Art Fun Days

Kids Art Fun Days

The Art and Craft Room Forbes Forbes, NSW

Here is a chance to get your kiddos making and nab a bargain in the process. 

3 workshops and crazy sales on art kits and art supplies plus giveaways at all workshops.

Event Series Slow Stitching

Slow Stitching

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

Slow Stitching
The art of combining textiles and threads.
Learning to slow down our over-active minds and bodies.
To find enjoyment in doing something pleasurable.


Night with the Gods – Tutored Lifedrawing

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

Unleashed Entertainment Australia in conjunction with Broken Banjo Productions is organising a Tutored Lifedrawing event on Friday 15 December 2023 at Keystone 1889, 99 Keppel St Bathurst.
The event will be tutored by NSW Tafe Art instructor Bridget Thomas, with multiple short and longer poses with draped male and female models.


Condobolin Ceramics Group

Condobolin Community Centre Cnr of Bathurst St & Dennison st, Condobolin, NSW, Australia

The Condobolin Ceramics Group meets fortnightly on Sundays. Open to beginners and advanced.

Tuition is provided by the group as a whole and is needs based around what you want to create. 

Art in the Park

Machattie Park Bordered by William, Keppel, Russell & George St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Every 3rd Sunday of the month. Put the dates in your diaries. All are welcome ...


Paint & Sip in the Garden

Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre Ken Nakajima Place, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Paint & Sip - Windowrie Wines, Cheese boards, hot finger food and live music!

What a perfect way to spend an afternoon for a Christmas party or give as a gift for someone special.


Youth Workshop Programme

30 Keane Drive, Kelso 30 Keane Drive, Kelso, NSW, Australia

It's a plethora of "creative" things to do that will colour your children's imagination everyday...eliminating any hint of boredom entering their thoughts!

Various school holiday workshops in the January 2024 school holidays.



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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