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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Music Therapy

The music therapy program for addiction aims to increase motivation and engagement in the recovery process through music-based activities. It facilitates self-awareness and insight into underlying emotional and psychological factors that may contribute to addiction in the long term.

Available in Bathurst, Forbes, Dubbo, Orange, Cowra, Eugowra and Parkes. Check website for dates and venues.


RANSW – Click series


The “Click Series” is an exciting initiative that aims to empower regional artists by enhancing their marketing and business skills. It will consist of a series of 10 workshops spread over three months (July, August, October 2023). Each session will be conducted live on Zoom, on Wednesdays

Cardboard Show

Coventry Room Parkes Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

A community show celebrating all things cardboard. Build with it, paint on it. Make sculpture out of it. Make a piece to enter into the show or join us in collaborative workshops during the exhibition. Works will be sold for...


Song Makers Holiday Sessions

Mudgee Arts Precinct Workshops Market St, Mudgee

You can apply for 1 of 16 places in your region to collaborate with some of Australia’s most exciting hitmakers to write and record new songs.

Over two days, you will work with award-winning artists to write and record a song from scratch in a real-world co-writing session.

School Holiday Workshops, Orange

Cleverness Art School, Orange 10 Ralston Drive, Orange, NSW, Australia

Classes on offer these holidays:

- ‘Young and Old’ Chalk Pastel Drawing
- Charcoal Drawing
- Watercolour Painting
- Keychain Tassels and tassel mirrors

Podcasting Workshop

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

This podcasting workshop, titled "How To Make Your First Podcast," is designed to provide hands-on mentoring to 6-8 students who aspire to create professional podcasts. Participants will have the chance to develop their podcasting skills, covering various aspects including technical proficiency, interviewing techniques, storytelling, editing, publishing, and marketing strategies.


Marramarra Makerspace – Childrens School Holiday Program

Parkes Library 25 Bogan Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Check out the Marramarra Makerspace school holiday program and join us for some building fun as we make MARBLE RUNS (How fast will your marble go?) and build PAPER TOWERS (How tall with your tower stand?).


Performance Workshop

The Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong 101 Mayne St, Gulgong, NSW, Australia

Performance workshop with director / choreographer Meryl Tankard

Participants will work with Meryl to create scenes using music, movement, drama and improvisation. A short movement warm up will be followed by devising and learning movement sequences with text (and a possibility to build props).

School Holiday Workshop – Best Cake in Show!

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

Design your own cake at the Museum this school holidays.

This activity is designed for children aged 3 and older and their adults.


Fizzy Colourful Bath Bombs

Mudgee Library 64 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Use your measuring and mixing skills to create some colourful bath bombs.

Ages 9-12 years.


School Holiday Workshop: Drawing Basics

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

In the workshop you will get a short tour of the Dobell Drawing Prize #23 exhibition, followed by a drawing workshop where kids will learn different techniques of drawing and mark making.

Making Bath Slime and Bath Jellies

Mudgee Library 64 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Join the chemistry lab to brew some bath slime and bath jellies.

Ages 6-12 years.

Event Series Free Art Workshops

Free Art Workshops

The Neighbourhood Centre (Bathurst) 96 Russell Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Free art workshops for people aged between 12-24.

These workshops will enable you to learn more about art and to create your own works of art.


Colourful Abstract Puzzles

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

Young artists will design and make their own colourful abstract puzzles in this fun and creative workshop inspired by our current exhibitions. This workshop includes a tour of ‘David Serisier: Here and There’ and ‘Barney Ellaga: The Last Songman’.


Songwriting Workshop with Clinton Hoy

Cowra Library 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Join us at Cowra Library as we delve into the process of songwriting. Local musician Clinton Hoy will be our special guest as we learn how to develop ideas into lyrics and melody, and how to bring it all together.

This event is designed for budding songsmiths, or anyone who has wondered what it takes to take an idea and turn it into something special.

Event Series Soundtoons


Mudgee Library 64 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Attention all young aspiring sound designers! Join professionals from Toonworld Education for an exciting workshop, where you’ll learn how to create unique sounds for movies using common objects found in your everyday life.


Playing with Colour and Light

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

Taking inspiration from the vibrant colours on show in ‘David Serisier: Here and There’ artist educator Heather Vallance will guide young artists through the process of making their own colourful, multilayered, abstract paper and wire sculpture that shines in the light and moves with the wind.

This workshop includes a tour of ‘David Serisier: Here and There’.


Spring Drawing Marathon

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hill End Hill End, NSW, Australia

Hill End Arts Council Inc invites you to participate in our upcoming Drawing Marathon with Fran O'Neill.

The scale of the work will range from moderate to very large as we examine the interaction of the picture plane, along with strategies to explore further pictorial elements of drawing, such as, but not limited to composition, constructing an image, fluidity of image, all working from perception.

School Holiday Workshop – Planting Poems

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

Spring has sprung at the Cultural Precinct so join us as we craft spring-themed poems on special seed paper ready for planting at home!

Event Series Painting Group

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.

Event Series Crazy Crafternoons

Crazy Crafternoons

Peak Hill Library PEAK HILL, NSW, Australia

Come along to the Peak Hill Library for a fabulous, fun-filled crafternoon of creativity. 

For school aged children from Kindy to year 6. 


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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