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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Exhibition: ‘A Likeneness’

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

Christian Thompson’s large-scale self-portraits mask his personal identity to foreground Indigenous cultural identity and connections to Country. Salvatore Zofrea’s tender portrait draws on his memory of his late father in a large diptych, seated both within and outside a room, evoking his fugitive state. While a small circular painting by Judy Cassab presents an intimate portrait of fellow artist and friend Nora Heysen.

Ranging from 1938 to the present, through photography, works on paper and painting, these diverse portraits draw us into the lives and stories of their subjects, and invite us to explore what it is that creates a sense of likeness.

For Our Elders

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

Join ORM to celebrate the local Elders through the eyes of the next generation in a very special foyer display produced in conjunction with the Orange NAIDOC Week Committee, the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Orange City Council's Pathfinder program, and local Elders.

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.

Wet Plate Exhibition

Gulgong Holtermann Museum 125 Mayne Street, #123, Gulgong, NSW, Australia

This exhibition features Adrian Cook's spectacular glass and tintype wet plates and video presentations by the State Library of NSW.

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

There Is No Lead Mine Here – Kandos Projects

Kandos Projects Windows - 24 hour access 18 Angus Ave, Kandos, NSW, Australia

In collaboration with the Mudgee Region Action Group, artists Terry Burrows, Lulu Wulf, Jo Albany, Andrew Robards and Gus Amstrong present a second iteration of the Armstrong-curated exhibition, ‘There Is No Lead Mine Here’.  Originally installed at Way Out Artspace in Kandos, 19 local artists from the Lawsons Creek Art Fellowship were invited to respond to “the anxieties, impacts and consequences of having a large scale open cut silver mine approved within 20 kilometres of your community.”

Free
Event Series Waalarrinji (long-time-now)

Waalarrinji (long-time-now)

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

Waalarrinji (long-time-now) is an exhibition about identity, Culture, and Country. It is about knowledges given, knowledges stolen and knowledges reclaimed. 

Threads of knowledges are stitched into the works symbolically and physically; a patchwork connecting places and people. Snippets of language and stories threaded together across time, connecting past, present and future. Knowledges that were, that are, that will be. Knowledges both private and cultural. 

Free

Director’s Collection

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

Fine art works created by talented artists in this exhibition. 

Exhibition: ‘A Maker’s Collection’

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

Drawn from the collection of ceramicist Greg Daly, A Maker’s Collection is a rich display of ceramics collected throughout Daly’s life, beginning in 1972 at the age of 18 with a platter by HR Hughan.

A select display from his vast collection the works span centuries, from 12th century Sung ceramics, 18th century French lustre work to contemporary ceramics from Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Europe, United States of America, and New Zealand.

Operation Art

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

Operation Art is an initiative of the Children's Hospital at Westmead and the NSW Department of Education - The Arts Unit.

Check out the amazing creativity of art by children in Kindergarten through to Year 10 created for sick children in hospitals.

Exhibition: ‘Femme Fatale Freedom’

Gallery 47 Rylstone 47 Louee St, Rylstone, NSW

This wonderful exhibition features the work of Michelle Boardman, Emma Jacklin and Sophie Thompson. These three artists showcased not only a fantastic visual treat, but exemplified the importance of nurturing strong female friendships.

motofotozen

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

Motorsport photographer, Zenio Lapkas' exhibition, motofotozen is a retrospective audio-visual experience.
Held in the slightly darkened gallery space, Zenio will showcase a collection of motor sport-related images in print and projectio

Free

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. 

Exhibition: ‘The Wattle Room Chapter 11 oysters and buttered bread’

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

Genevieve Carroll lives in Hill End, NSW, surrounded by the Australian bush. In this remote environment she imagines inner worlds that traverse the ranges of her life. The Wattle Room Chapter 11 oysters and buttered bread is the next iteration of her diaristic notations on life. Working across textiles, sculpture, painting, and poetry, she is drawn to absurdity to find humour in the fluctuations of life.

Exhibition: Behind the Lines

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

An exhibition of 100 political cartoons published during 2023 by leading Australian cartoonists presented in association with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Inside This Box Art Prize

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

The extremely popular Group Show INSIDE THIS BOX is back for another year and this time they've turned it into a prize. 

Thanks to Rowlee Wines in Orange, there will be two prizes up for grabs: the overall winner, selected by Gallery Director Madeline Young, will receive $1000 in cash sponsored by Rowlee Wines. There will also be a People’s Choice Award with voters choosing their favourite work.

The Council Collection

Coventry Room Parkes Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

The Council Collection, an exhibition showcasing the work collected by Council over the past 30 years.

Coral : An Exploration

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

Coral: an exploration is a new creative reflection on Coral through music and art.
The exhibition has been created by two visual artists: illustrator and collage artist Lisa Stewart and ceramicist Maria Shaw.
Join us for a live musical performance and celebratory drinks on Thursday 22nd February at 6pm.

Free

The Bracey Collection: Up Close

Eskbank House Museum Corner Inch & Bennett Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

As part of the annual care of collection process for framed works, you are invited to view ‘The Bracey Collection: Up Close’. The framed works and ceramic objects will be on exhibition in the Courtyard Gallery and Breakfast Room during March 2024.
The Bracey Collection was unveiled at the museums opening on the 21 November 1966 and is usually on permanent display in the front section of the museum but only seen at a distance from the door of each room.

Exhibition: ‘Expanse’

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

Mel, a graphic designer, engages in creating expansive artworks, in both large and small scale. ‘Expanse’ explores the hues and forms of our country’s landscapes, with a focus on lands and sky compositions. Her artistic journey involves ongoing exploration with abstract work, and more recently landscapes.

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.

 

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.

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