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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Felting Workshop @ Kandos

75 Dangar St 75 Dangar Street, Kandos, NSW, Australia

Two part workshop (2 x 2 hour sessions) covering the process of felt making, the design and practical application, resulting in a completed article.

Choice of making a nuno felt scarf (nuno felting is wool felted through a light fabric such as silk of muslin) or a felted panel for a cushion.

Free

Heart for Clay Pottery Classes

Heart for Clay 103 Havannah Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Hand building and wheel instruction. Price includes clay and firing.

Classes available either individually or with a friend or two. 

$50.00
Event Series Air Dry Clay Workshop

Air Dry Clay Workshop

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

The Library Craft club is a great way for youth to socialise, explore their hobbies and interests, have a safe space, and to introduce them to the Library.

Making small sculptures of whatever you like that can be then made into a brooch, magnet or maybe you just want it as a small sculpture.

It is completely up to you, we want you to make whatever you like.

Children’s Watercolour Classes

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

Come along and learn how to use watercolour paints.
Please bring watercolour paper, watercolour brushes, palette, soft pencil and a rubber.
Templates provided.
Boards and tape provided.

$10

Bonsai Workshops

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

In this workshop you will learn how to create your very own Bonsai to take home and be given the skills to maintain it. 

$50.00

Mystery Knit / Crochet-A-Long

Koorawatha Memorial Hall 4334 Olympic Highway, Koorawatha, NSW, Australia

Join the fun, pick between knitting and crochet and make a mystery shall together using your preferred craft!

Chalk Painting Workshop & Community BBQ

Molong Showground 184 Euchareena Road, Molong, NSW, Australia

Learn about chalk painting and different techniques.

All paint supplied. BYO small item to paint eg. a stool, a frame, small side table, bedside drawers. 

Free

Chromatherapy Abstract Art Workshop

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

Create a chromatic bold abstract artwork on canvas in mixed media in the GANG GANG gallery studio or from the comfort of your own home.

$96.61

Living Democracy Workshop

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

This three hour participatory workshop is based on the ideas and lessons in Tim Hollo’s book, Living Democracy: an ecological manifesto for the end of the world as we know it. The workshop aims to inspire you, inform you, and develop goals and choose projects to co-create our common future for the Bathurst community.

$20 – $30
Event Series Arts & Crafts Bar

Arts & Crafts Bar

The Little Art Company 11 Ryall Street, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

The Art & Craft Bar is an opportunity for you and your family and friends to dip your toes into the world of art and craft possibilities. Create something fun and memorable together, something special for yourself or a loved one while adults can have a coffee or tea from our in-house espresso machine.

Event Series Pencil Drawing with Tina Beaumont

Pencil Drawing with Tina Beaumont

The Odd Sock Gallery - Art & Craft Supplies + Gallery 8 Farm Lane, #Shop 4, Blayney, NSW, Australia

In this 2 hour class, you'll learn to master the skills of everyday drawing. The class is suitable for anyone starting out, or if you want to build on existing skills. Every week, Tina will work with each student to help build on what has been learnt to help create a consistent technique and master your drawings.

$30
Event Series Art Classes for K-Y3

Art Classes for K-Y3

Get the creative juices flowing, as you learn about the Australian Artist Kevin (Pro) Hart. 

During this 8 week term, students will paint outback scenes, paint dragon flyers and paint on unusual surfaces like carpet. 

$215

Soundcheck

Headspace's long-running Soundcheck program is back with Mitchell Conservatorium and Central West Women's Health Centre helping out. These are free music sessions for young people aged 12 to 25 years and are held every Monday during school terms.

Free
Event Series Printmaking Sessions

Printmaking Sessions

Mudgee Art House Mudgee, NSW

Looking to unlock your creativity or simply try something new. Perhaps our new weekly relief printing sessions are just what you’re looking for.

Learn a variety of printmaking techniques while you design, carve and print your own designs.

$50
Event Series Tuesday Kids Club

Tuesday Kids Club

Bilingarra Indigenous Art & Culture 1006 Great Western Hwy, Bowenfels, NSW, Australia

Mums, Dads, Carers, take some time out while kids under 5 have fun painting with new friends and learn a Wiradjuri word.

$20

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.

First Nations Artists Masterclass

Western Plains Culture Centre, Dubbo Dubbo, NSW

Are you a First Nations artist or band booking shows or releasing new music? Join one of the masterclasses and put your best foot forward with a professional Electronic Press Kit (EPK).

Equip yourself with everything you need to promote yourself to venue bookers, festival curators and media in this masterclass designed to empower First Nations artists based in NSW.

Free
Event Series Kids Art Classes

Kids Art Classes

Orange Art Society 22 Sale Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Got a young artist? Someone who loves being creative and learning?

We have kids art classes Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons for all ages. 

Event Series Welding Workshop

Welding Workshop

Rosby Wines, Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Mudgee 122 Strikes Ln, Eurunderee, NSW, Australia

Get a taste of welding! Maurice Berry returns to Rosby again this year to host this popular and seriously fun, two-day workshop.

During this hands-on course you’ll learn the fundamental skills required to carry out basic welding techniques using electric arc welders.

$380

Knitting Group

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

Learn a new skill and just enjoy the good company

Event Series Open Studio – Social Art Group

Open Studio – Social Art Group

The Little Art Company 11 Ryall Street, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Welcome to the ultimate creative playground—the Open Studio at The Little Art Company, exclusively for adult artists, whether you're a budding beginner or a seasoned pro! It's your chance to bring your wildest ideas or ongoing projects to life using our top-notch art materials right here in our studio.

$40

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.

$5.00

Introduction to Lampshade Making

The Collective Grenfell 38 Main St, Grenfell, NSW, Australia

Join us for a fun morning learning the tips and tricks of modern lampshade making, and take home your own stunning lampshade.                                   

Suitable for complete beginners, from 16years.

Still Life in Watercolour Workshop

Grenfell Dramatic Society Hall Rose Street, Grenfell, NSW, Australia

Pamela works in various mediums– watercolour, acrylic, pastels, graphite, inks, oils and mixed media. She is an accomplished traditional award winning artist. Her teaching and mentoring over many years (50) has seen her students go on to achieve greater success.

$30 – $55

 

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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