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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Collection Highlights and Recent Acquisitions

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

Recent additions presented in this exhibition include works by Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Catherine O’Donnell, Anna Kristensen, Steve Lopes, Grace Cossington Smith, Roland Wakelin, Enid Cambridge, Justin O’Brien, Kevin Connor, Margaret Loy Pula, Tom Polo, Mavis Ngallametta, Tim Storrier and Aida Tomescu. These are shown alongside collection highlights.

Inherit: old and new histories

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

The Inherit: old and new histories bring together both familiar and less well-known stories from across the Central West.

Exploring the region’s history, the exhibition highlights big events and significant personalities, as well as the lives and experiences of everyday people.

Told through more than 100 objects, these are the stories that have shaped the region's past and present.

Sculpture Down the Lachlan

Sculpture Down the Lachlan is a permanent, inland public art trail stretching 100 kilometres between Forbes and Condobolin, along the meandering Lachlan River.  Featuring twenty sculptures by some of Australia’s leading creatives. Sculpture Down the Lachlan | Forbes

Julian Meagher: Triple Rainbow

Mudgee Arts Precinct 90 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Julian Meagher’s latest exhibition Triple Rainbow is a series of hyper-romantic artworks by Australian painter Julian Meagher, focusing specifically on landscapes from around Mudgee. During his recent visit to the region, the artist became fascinated with the subliminal transition from the night cycle into day. As a result the paintings emerge almost as ‘dreamscapes’, blurring the line between what is real and what is imagined. As the exhibition title suggests, Julian continues to use the rainbow as a symbol of extreme hope and unconditional love. 

Event Series Youth Hub Term 1 Activities

Youth Hub Term 1 Activities

Orange Youth Hub 33 Garema Road, Orange, NSW, Australia

The Orange Youth Hub is open Tuesday to Thursday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm and Friday afternoons from 4pm to 7pm during term 1.

Young people aged 12 to 24 years are invited to drop in and join a range of activities.

Free

Exhibition – Deborah Kelly: CREATION

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

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) presents Deborah Kelly:CREATION – a queer insurrectionary science fiction climate change religion, unfurling through years of collaborations across generations, identities, artforms and sites.

Darren Green’s Comixups Exhibition

Gaskill Street, Canowindra Gaskill Street, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

72 mixed up shook up cartoons all capturing Darren's mind scrambling puns and twisted creations.
Plus over 30 A1 full colour caricatures of famous faces ranging from HENRY LAWSON through to AMY WINEHOUSE and every decade in between Elvis, Freddy Mercury, Mr Bean, Thor, and many more.

Free

Orange 412: A history of our local fire brigade

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

Formed in 1869 after a terrible fire gutted the Nelson Bros warehouse on Byng Street, the Orange Volunteer Fire Brigade – today known as Orange 412 – has a long tradition of serving the community and saving lives.

Join us for a hands-on exploration of the fascinating history of our local fire brigade. This family-friendly exhibition includes kids’ dress-ups, playful storytelling, and an interactive fire truck, alongside stunning images and historical firefighting equipment.

Event Series Close To Hand

Close At Hand

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

Close At Hand brings together a group of artists spanning multiple and diverse disciplines, but who are united by their approach of working by hand. For these artists it is essential to be in touch with the language of materials that they work with and the tools that they extend themselves through. This is an exhibition not just of finished objects, but also of the artists' inspirations, process and techniques, tools and sketches to explore the slow, careful and deliberate attention - time taken to produce each work.

Free

Autumn Colours Heritage Festival

The signature Autumn Colours Heritage Festival program of events celebrates the towns rich history with a series of guided tours by local experts through some of the Bathurst region’s most significant historical sites, along with events that preserve the people, traditions, and stories that have shaped Bathurst into the beautiful, thriving, modern regional centre it is today.

Rosby Cellar Door & Gallery Presents: Play on Birds by Denise Faulkner

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

Curated by Rosby’s Kay Norton-Knight for the internationally acclaimed Rosby Gallery – this new solo exhibition Play on Birds by Denise Faulkner brings whimsy and nostalgia to life through a series of watercolours capturing private conversations with flora and fauna.
From her home–studio outside the heritage town of Gulgong, Faulkner’s vibrant works bring us stories of birds (and some animals) in settings of positivity.

Exhibition: ‘Journey’ by Kerri Kerley

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

Alby + Esthers are thrilled to announce their upcoming exhibition, ‘Journey’ by Rylstone artist Kerri Kerley.

The exhibition is a collection of original oil-on-board works, which give insight into Kerley’s journey as an artist & how her surroundings have shaped her artwork.

Exhibition: ‘Flux’

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

FLUX, Euan Macleod presents a series of recent en plain air paintings made on Haupapa Tasman Glacier in New Zealand’s South Island, alongside a suite of studio works whose grand scale emulates their site of inspiration.

FLUX also includes 200 works from an ongoing series Macleod has made of his friend Geoff Dixon. The portraits, created almost daily over the FaceTime app, began in 2021 during Covid lockdowns as a way of maintaining a connection with Geoff, who had recently lost his partner.

Greetings from Orange

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

For more than a century, Orange has offered travellers and holidaymakers a refreshing alternative to a coastal escape.

Take a look at the colourful history of our local tourist travel, accommodation, hospitality, and leisure offerings, as well as the development of regional promotion.

Hands on Clay 24

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

13 Master Potters and Ceramicists display their works in our 4th year of Hands on Clay

Exhibition: ‘Interconnections’

Cowra Micro Gallery 14A Lynch Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Wiradjuri environmental artist examines earth, country and heritage using found throwaway mediums. 

Dobell Drawing Prize #23

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

The Dobell Drawing Prize is Australia’s leading prize for drawing, an unparalleled celebration of technique, innovation, and expanded approaches to drawing by acclaimed and emerging drawing practitioners.

The Dobell Drawing Prize #23 touring exhibition showcases over 45 finalist artworks that respond to the Prize’s fundamental question: what is drawing? The answers are compelling, challenging, and exhilarating, in an astonishing array of mediums and materials, from traditional pencil and graphite on paper to salt, staples and rust; from resin, fibreglass, enamel and wood to intricate three-dimensional wire objects; bodily video performance to sculptural forms built with tea bags and bamboo.

Exhibition: ‘Lineage 2.0’

The Peisley St Gallery, Orange 54 Peisley St Gallery, Orange, NSW, Australia

A wonderful exhibition by two accomplished artists Judy Kich and John Kich.

Lineage 2.0 is a second exhibition in a series at The Peisley Street Gallery, a wonderful concept by Leiarna Dunworth exploring the connection artists have within a family unit.

Caroline Josephs Exhibition

Rosnay Organic, Canowindra 510 Rivers Road, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Artist, writer, storyteller and educator Caroline Josephs will be showcasing her latest project.

A number of paintings are being presented – portraits of herself — painting her fish fossil ancestors–360 million years old!

Amanda Holman – Solo Exhibition

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

Amanda forever seeks to create artworks which capture the beauty and tranquility of the local landscapes. Her artworks arise out of a love for the natural environment and a desire to portray the subtle complexities of the colours and tones uniquely produced by the Australian sunlight.

Sculptures by the Bush

Hay bale art, farm art and scarecrows will be on display on various roads around Blayney.

Exhibition: ‘Living on the Land’ by Sue Hodge and David Brown

Grenfell Art Gallery 88 Main Street, Grenfell, NSW, Australia

David and Sue grew up as best friends in the Grenfell area and feel privileged and excited to combine their talents and present to you this Exhibition.

It is hoped that all who view it will come away with a deeper appreciation for Living on the Land.

Free

Exhibition: ‘Make Believe (Once upon a Time in Waspasia)’

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

Victor Gordon poses uneasy questions about the concept of a ‘lucky country’ and delves into a wide range of social issues.

Gordon draws inspiration from personal experiences and the social and political undercurrents from the past and present. As a socially engaged artist he opposes nationalism with a focus on social justice.

Simon Palmer Online Exhibition

Online

“What I Thought I Saw” Embodies a series of abstract landscape paintings that have their genesis as depictions of real locations – which after the initial base-painting, are transformed by artistic whim – by emotive alteration of topography, forms and colours – to show a more idealised impression of places that are as much imaginary as they are factual.

 

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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