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.

NGAYIRR NGURAMBANG:SACRED COUNTRY

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Celebrating the importance of Country, featuring a group of First Nations and non-First Nations contemporary artists the works in this exhibition focus on a significant area within our region. Each artist has responded to place, Country and story, addressing cultural, environmental, historical and social values that make up the water cultures of the Goulburn River and The Drip Gorge.

Wayout: With Print

WAYOUT ArtSpace, Kandos 71 Angus St, Kandos, NSW

This exhibition investigates notions of hybrid printmaking.

Free

Liam Benson: Virtue Without Stain,

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

Liam Benson: Virtue Without Stain presents a collection of works, performances, and participatory workshops by Western Sydney based artist Liam Benson exploring issues of masculinity.

HOME 2022

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

Home 2022 features artwork created by local primary school students who participated in the Home Program. The artworks were created during a workshop led by Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharpe.
The Home Program connects schools to local Aboriginal artists, community, language and culture.

Enemy Aliens: The Dunera boys in Orange, 1941

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Exhibition: 19 November 2022 – 23 April 2023
This exhibition tells the little-known story of the time the Dunera boys spent at the Orange Showground in 1941 and features artworks created during their internment. Many are drawn from the archives of relatives and private lenders, as well as never-before-seen works from a recently acquired collections held by the State Library of NSW. This project was developed and curated by Dr Seumas Spark, Adjunct Fellow in History at Monash University, Emeritus Professor Andrew Mcnamara from the Queensland University of Technology and translator Kate Garrett, in conjunction with Orange Regional Museum.

Free

Idris Murphy: Backblocks

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

This survey catches a great Australian painter at the height of his powers. Born in 1952, Idris Murphy developed deep roots in the history of painting as well as a profound feeling for the natural environment. Murphy’s idiom transcends “either/or”—it is indistinguishably landscape painting and painterly abstraction all at once. Arising from a sort of improvisatory incantation, the most vivid metaphors of land, space, light, mood and feeling seem to coalesce spontaneously and unbidden.

Feathers, Fur, Flowers & Faces

Alby + Esters, Mudgee 61 Market St, Mudgee, NSW

New exhibition opening tomorrow from local artist Felicity Cavanough. Felicity creates intricate wire sculptures & paints a variety of subjects, inspired by every-day moments.

Abstract Art Exhibition

The Odd Sock Gallery, Blayney Blayney, NSW

Set to showcase the playful courage of 5 artists, this group show is one to set aside for a must see.

A New Perspective: NIGEL WHITE & JACK WHITE

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

This exhibition is an accumulation of memories committed to the subconscious, portrayed from his studio looking over the docks of Newcastle.
He is working mainly in watercolours - gouche and acrylics

Mudgee

Mudgee Museum Mudgee

Wiradjuri artist and storyteller, Josh Yasserie will unveil a new artwork at Mudgee Museum, developed over several months as part of an Orana Arts’ Heritage Artist Residency at the museum.

upstART 2022

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

This is the 18th occasion the Cowra Regional Art Gallery will present this significant youth art exhibition, this year including an impressive and diverse showcase of artwork by 94 students in Stages 5 and 6 (years 9. 10, 11 and 12) including painting, photography, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture.

FREE

Get up! Stand up! Show up!

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Meet some of our local achievers living this year’s national NAIDOC theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! in a new photographic foyer exhibition from 29 October. Produced in conjunction with the Orange NAIDOC Week Committee, with photography by Jason French and artwork by Kylie Tarleton, this exhibition celebrates members of the Orange Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community working for justice, equality, community and culture, as well as those who are leading by example through achievements across a range of fields.

PASSENGER TRAINS TO BATHURST 1876 & BEYOND

Bathurst Rail Museum 126 Havannah Street, Bathurst, NSW

This mini-exhibition is part of recognising 10 years of passenger train service to the
Bathurst community by the Bathurst Bullet. Covering the early years of train services,
through the halcyon days of the steam era, touching on services like the XPT and
Bathurst Bullet it even looks to the future with the new Regional Rail Fleet

Summer Reading Program

Mudgee Library 64 Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Willy Wonka invites you to participate in our scrumdiddlyumptious Summer Reading Program over December and January, register at your local library from 1 December onwards.

Recurring

Martin Coyte: Before you know

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Full of emotion, expression and at points stillness, Before you know invites you to be immersed in intense and intimate compositions that connect to everyday life.

While the World Waits Exhibition (Oberon)

Malachi Gilmore Hall, Oberon 124 Oberon St, Oberon, NSW

In 2022, artists from across the Central West have been asked to use the CD as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work. This unique opportunity for regional visual artists to create artworks in response to regional music has been a labour of love for Arts OutWest. While the World Waits Exhibition is a curated exhibition in which selected artists each respond to one or more tracks, title or words on the album.
The exhibition will showcase work from across all mediums. You will see painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.

Meleisa Cox Aboriginal Art Exhibition

The Church Block Cafe Hall, Eglinton 1/27 Alexander St, Eglinton, NSW

Proud to announce my first art exhibition thanks to The Church Block Cafe! 
I will be there in person each Saturday morning from 10-12!

Free entry

Mudgee Arts Precinct Portrait Prize

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Mudgee Arts Precinct is calling for entries for its inaugural Portrait Prize which will take place from 16 December 2022 - 12 March 2023. MAP Portrait Prize is open to submissions in all media to artists at any level of their artistic practice from beginners right through to arts professionals encouraged to enter.

Free entry

Art through the eyes of Early Childhood

Platform Arts Hub: Blayney Railway Station Blayney Railway Station, Blayney, NSW

"Our exhibition is a chance for the local children who attend Early Childhood centres in our community to express themselves through art. All children involved are competent, capable learners who express their ideas and opinions in their own way. Creative arts gives each child the opportunity for their voices to be heard" - Early Circle Learning, 2022

Town Christmas lights

lachlan street forbes lachlan street, Forbes, NSW

Speaking of Christmas lights, the main street of Forbes has had a few little face-lifts where the Christmas lights are concerned, thanks to our wonderful Urban Services crew! There are also some beautiful light displays in Albion Park (Art Park)...

OFF THE WALL 2022

Peisley St Gallery, Orange 54 Peisley St Gallery, Orange, NSW

The annual OFF THE WALL show is back for 2022 and is bigger and better than ever!

Contemporary Australian Art Exhibition

The Corner Store Gallery, Orange 382 Summer Street, Orange, NSW

The Corner Store Gallery brings together artists and designers from all over Australia to join the gallery’s creative community, as it rightly takes a seat as one of Australia’s most popular emerging and collaborative art spaces.

Greetings from the North Pole

Forbes Town Hall 2 Court Street, Forbes, NSW

Back by popular demand (but with an exciting new tale to tell), is Forbes’ Christmas story projection.

Recurring

Page Turners – Teen Book Club

Mudgee Library 64 Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Each month we'll discuss a selected Young Adult book, as well as other titles you've been reading lately.

FREE

 

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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