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

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.

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.

Exhibition: ‘Bloom’

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

BLOOM: a state or time of beauty, freshness and vigor.

Enjoy the creative floral work of Larissa BLAKE, Mary Ann MEIN, Rhonda CAMPBELL, Jamila HUME, Roslyn CRAIG, Loretta BLAKE and Helena McCONOCHIE.

Exhibition: ‘Guwayu – For All Time’

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

This powerful exhibition of First Nations artists illuminates and honours the past we have inherited and looks to the future we will leave behind.

Guwayu: for all time will showcase the meta-temporal nature of Australia’s history where the past, present and future exist together.

Free

Group Exhibition at Dirty Janes

Dirty Janes 98 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

The Corner Store Gallery has just opened a second exhibition space at the brand new Dirty Janes in Orange.

You can explore an eclectic mix of vintage and antique furniture, retro collectibles, books, art, records, toys, jewellery, clothing, and so much more all in one place.

Julia Griffin & Stephen King Exhibition ‘From the Land’

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

Experience the dynamic artistry of Julia Griffin and Stephen King at Rosby Gallery.
Julia, a respected painter and printmaker from rural Walcha, NSW, showcases her profound oils with unmatched finesse. Meanwhile, Stephen, an acclaimed artist and sculptor, presents awe-inspiring timber creations. With accolades from major exhibitions nationwide, Stephen's works, crafted with a chainsaw, captivate with intricate details.

Plinth Show: Ronda Sharpe

Forbes Visitor Information Centre Lachlan Vintage Village, 46 Mary Street, Forbes, NSW

Arts OutWest’s Plinth Show will highlight a different artist, with their work displayed on portable plinths, at a different visitor information centre around the Central West each month for 12 months. Forbes is the first exhibition.
The 3D woven works of Parkes-based Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharp intertwines a visual narrative of languages, culture, and traditional artefact forms. Her environmental arts practice combines the use of repurposed mediums with natural fibres.

Free entry

Waste 2 Art (Parkes)

Parkes Library 25 Bogan Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Waste 2 Art aims to engage the community and showcases creative works made from reused & recyclable waste materials. It aims to challenge peoples’ perceptions of ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts. Waste to Art provides an innovative approach to waste education and engages the whole community.

Join us as we celebrate a fabulous showcase and announce the winners of our local competiton.

Free

Group Exhibition: Fine Arts Fungi

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

Fungi plays a critical role in nourishing soils, in healthy food and wine production and in contributing to biodiversity. It encompasses a kaleidoscope of aesthetic wonders for artists too.

Local artists have responded to science’s belated discovery of the third living KINGDOM on planet earth – FUNGI, and Mid Lachlan Landcare has coordinated a group exhibition at Rosnay to celebrate MYCOLOGY MAY – an accumulation of fungi related activities run by Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

Smart Inventions: Technology Before the Smartphone

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

Smart inventions: technology before the Smartphone ….. how did we meet up with our friends? Catch the 7:25 train? Listen to music? Share a photo memory? Share our ideas?

On exhibition at the museum are clocks and watches, gramophones and radios, cameras and photo albums, telephones, film and slide projectors, typewriters and adding machines.

Disguised

71 Angus Avenue, Kandos NSW, Australia 71 Angus Avenue, Kandos, NSW, Australia

An exhibition of photographs by Cementa's Uncooperative Social Arts Program for Young People. See the amazing costumes and characters these young people from Kandos, Rylstone and the surrounding area have created in their spare time. Exhibition hours are 10am to 2pm, Friday to Sunday.

Free

art through a designers lens

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

Immerse yourself in the imagined landscapes of a curated selection of NSW artists, art & design educators & creative practitioners as they weave threads of art and design to shift the way we look at urban, rural, personal and chromatic space and uncover the blind spot.

Free

Exhibition: ‘Environmental Echoes’ by Forbes Art Group

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

An exhibition by a group of Forbes Artists who share the desire to visually express all aspects of their environment. The exhibition will consist of portrayals of landscapes, flora, fauna, still life and creative explorations into fantasy landscape.

Free

Exhibition: Exalt

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

Through expansive painting and installation Sophia Lee Georgas explores the spatial and ephemeral qualities of religious architecture, and material representations of utopia in art and religion.

Free

Exhibition: ‘Crying’ by Kuba Dorabialski

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

What does it mean to be homesick on colonised land? Kuba Dorabialski’s Crying is an exhibition of photographs, sculpture, and video that explores themes of unabashed emotion, romantic love, geographic and cultural displacement, and starlings, an invasive bird species introduced into Australia in the 19th century.

Free

Exhibition: ‘Under Sandstone Skies’

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

Daniel Rivers, born in Muswellbrook, is an architect and artist, now based on Dharawal Country.

His latest collection, “Under Sandstone Skies,” invites audiences to immerse themselves in his experience of residing under towering cliffs and open skies, observing the ever shifting interplay of light, colour and distinct weather phenomena.

Rankin Cottage Craft

Rankin Cottage Crafts, Bathurst 117 Rankin Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Spring brings out all the colours of the rainbow, and we have every colour covered in the wonderful handmade items for you and your family.

FREE
Event Series Parkes Brick Show 2024

Parkes Brick Show 2024

Parkes Services Club 9-17 Short Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

For the first time ever, Playwell Events are excited to be heading to Parkes. This June, we will be at the Parkes Services Club with our amazing LEGO exhibition. Featuring over 30 tables of custom-built LEGO models, with a wide-ranging variety of themes, there will be something for everyone.
We will also have our ever-popular play tables where the kids can get creative and build themselves.
There will also be opportunities to purchase LEGO sets & parts on the day from our vendors.

$10.00

The Rockley Mill & Stables Museum

Rockley Mill & Stables Museum Rockley, NSW, Australia

The Rockley Mill and Stables Museum was built in 1862 and displays the rich history of the area, with old mill machinery, period clothing on display, old police records and more.

Winter Warm Up Exhibition

Oberon Library Oberon, NSW, Australia

Exhibition of entries for craft items made with warm fibre or fabric.

 

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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