Welcome to our BIG 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.

This is a busy artistic region. There’s usually more than 2000 arts and heritage events happeing in the region each year. Of course, 2020 looks a little different but the events are slowly returning where possible.

NEW: HAPPENING ONLINE. We’ve added a new category for workshops, exhibitions, virutal tours and activities that are now happening ONLINE. Click here for the listings

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August 2020

Bathurst Rail Museum

Mon August 10 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, repeating indefinitely

Bathurst Rail Museum, 126 Havannah Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST. The Bathurst Rail Museum brings the rich social history of Bathurst and our story as a railway town to life, with personal recollections and interesting artefacts.

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HOME Group Exhibition

Wed August 12 - Sat August 29
The Corner Store Gallery, 382 Summer Street
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. The Corner Store Gallery is celebrating our 6th anniversary this August with a Group Exhibition of new work exploring the notion on HOME in the time of Coronavirus lockdowns.

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Parkes Painting Group

Wed August 12 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed 30 December 2020,

Northparkes Oval Australia

PARKES. Parkes Painting Group meets at Northparkes Oval every Wednesday from 10am-4pm.

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Artist in Residence – Nicholas Gentile

Thu August 13 - Thu September 3
Cowra Civic Centre, Darling St
Cowra, NSW 2794 Australia

COWRA. Cowra Civic Centre is proud to welcome composer, singer, conductor and teacher, Nicholas Gentile for our artist in residence program.

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Book Talk – Dr Nick Fuller

Thu August 13 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bathurst Library, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST. Dr Nick Fuller explains the six key principles behind successful, sustainable weight loss in his latest book 'Interval Weight Loss for Women'.

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Nirvana Uplugged in New York – Classic Album Night

Thu August 13 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Little Alberts at The Victoria, Bathurst, Keppel St
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

THE VICTORIA, BATHURST. Covering Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged in New York' live album is local band, Wishkah.

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Bob Ross Night

Thu August 13 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The George Hotel, George St
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST. Have a blast with friends and family, and leave with a masterpiece at the end.

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Capertee AstroWorkshop 2020

Fri August 14 - Sun August 16
Glen Davis Glen Davis, NSW Australia
$1800

GLEN DAVIS. Shoot the Stars over three days and two nights of astrophotography instruction and coaching in the world’s second largest canyon.

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Bathurst Remembers World War 2 Exhibition

Fri August 14 - Mon August 17
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, 105 William Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BMEC, BATHURST. This is a World War Two exhibition which will consist of “Snapshots of World War 2” - 500 enlarged photos – battlefields, training, home front, etc., and “Wall of Valour - World War 2 Servicemen and Women with an association with Bathurst who enlisted and served” - 100 enlarged photos. Plus some 2,000 military and WW2 memorabilia items and old wartime newsreels from guest exhibitors.

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Art School at the Pottery

Fri August 14 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Fri 6 November 2020,

LITHGOW. aRtists and Photographers to either sketch/paint in or photograph the grounds.

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Pictures of You

Sat August 15 - Sun October 11
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. The exhibition will present the selection of community submitted photographic portraits as prints in the gallery space and as a digital exhibition on the BRAG website.

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2019 Archibald Prize Regional Tour

Sat August 15 - Sun October 11
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia
FREE ENTRY

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists. Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize.

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Young Archie Competition 2020

Sat August 15 - Sun October 11
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia
FREE ENTRY

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. Budding artists between the ages of 0 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition, as part of our family focused activities for the Archibald Prize regional tour.

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Colour Light and Seeing – Theory

Sat August 15 at 10:00 am - Sun August 16 at 4:00 pm
Dairy Creative, Cnr Princes & Bentinck St
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

DAIRY CREATIVE, BATHURST. This is an introduction to colour via theory, demonstrations and practical application. The course will cover; properties of colour, forms of colour, colour systems, colour mixing, colour harmonies, colour contrasts, colour constancy and seeing colour.

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Mindful Modern Calligraphy with Kimlligraphy

Sat August 15 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
The Greens on William, 29 William St
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

GREENS ON WILLIAM, BATHURST. In this workshop, Kim Tran-Flores of Kimlligraphy uses the beautiful art of modern calligraphy to take you on a mindfully creative journey, teaching you both the art of modern calligraphy and the importance of mindfulness in our lives.

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Australian Poetry Slam 2020 – Workshop & Bathurst Heat

Mon August 17 - Tue August 18
Bathurst Library, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

ONLINE. Tell your story and stay connected during this age of social distancing

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