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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Cementa “Staying Alive” Cosplay Holiday Workshop

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

A FREE fun-filled 3 day workshop for young people (13-19 years) at WAYOUT ARTSPACE!

Get ready to unleash your creativity and dive into the world of cosplay - just in time for Ironfest at The Foundations in Portland!

Free

Animation Workshop for ages 14-18 from Lithgow City Council region

Maldhan Ngurr Nugrra Lithgow Transformation Hub, Western Sydney University 154 Mort Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Over two days the participants will draw on ipads, use green screen and cameras to create a short animation that will feature as a projection at LithGlow next month.

This workshop is for ages 14-18 and no experience is necessary, you don't need to bring anything, just bring your imagination.

Free

Finger Puppet Fire Brigade

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

Create your own finger puppet Fire Brigade!

Suitable for ages 3 and older.

Free
Event Series Pop Up Choir

Pop Up Choir

Perennialle Plants Nursery, Canowindra 29 Gaskill St, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Any adult that likes to sing is welcome to come along to this pop up choir hosted by Canowindra singer songwriter, Nerida Cuddy. 

You will learn new songs, some you know, and some ways to better care for and use your voice. 

$15.00

Autumn Themed Spice Painting with Apple Stamps

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

Enjoy a sensory experience at the Library for children of all ages. Explore and experiment with different spices and observe the difference they make to the paint and picture.

Mix different smells and textures to create your own sensory masterpiece!

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. 

Music Industry Mixer

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

BMEC, Music NSW and Arts OutWest host a Music Industry Mixer to bring music based artists together for networking, industry updates and for us to meet you, find out what you do and see how we can collaborate.

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

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

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

Autumn Leaf Paint Printing

Wallerawang Library Main Street, Wallerawang, NSW, Australia

Use paint, Autumn leaves and your own creativity to put together an Autumn painting

Mood, Tone, and Atmosphere in Mixed Media Drawings

The Foundations of Portland Williwa St, Portland, NSW, Australia

Unlock the secrets of creating impactful drawings in this workshop. Learn the art of restraint and discover that what you don't say in your work is just as vital as the marks you make. This session is dedicated to understanding the power of tone, mood and atmosphere in mixed media drawings combine with learning about the crucial role of composition in art.
Join Jody Graham for a one-day exploration of mixed media drawing that will elevate your skills and knowledge about how to make distinctive artworks. This workshop is a journey into the transformative power of tone and atmosphere, with themes in this workshop connected to the natural and urban landscape.

$170

Autumn Leaf Chalk Art

Portland Library 67 William Street, Portland, NSW, Australia

Use real Autumn leaves and coloured chalk to create a beautiful artwork.

Event Series Bonsai Workshops

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
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.

Digital Walkabout

Wiradjuri Study Centre, Condobolin Cnr Cunningham & McDonnell Street, Condobolin, NSW, Australia

Are you interested in learning more about your culture, connecting back to your culture, regaining your sense of cultural belonging or building your confidence?

This 10 day, Aboriginal targeted program is for you.

Event Series Soundcheck

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.

 

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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