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 happening in the region each year.

Looking for the ongoing or regularly open museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art? They’re all covered at our Culture Maps Central NSW. Explore it here

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Orange Art Society Pop-Up Exhibition

Wed 25 November 2020, - Mon 25 January 2021,
Orange Art Society, At Orange Cultural Centre, off the Woolies carpark
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE. Orange Art Society Pop-Up Exhibition open Wednesdays to Sundays

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Hearts & Minds: Wartime Propaganda

Wed 25 November 2020, - Sun 28 February 2021,
Orange Regional Museum, 151 Byng St
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. The Australian War Memorial holds a large collection of wartime posters from government–issued campaign posters to handmade posters protesting the war in Vietnam. Hearts and minds: wartime propaganda introduces this collection, featuring home-front propaganda from the First and Second World Wars.

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Member’s Mixed Media Exhibition

Sat 28 November 2020, - Sun 31 January 2021,
Platypus Gallery, 111 Lachlan Street
Forbes, NSW 2871 Australia

PLATYPUS GALLERY, FORBES. The Platypus Gallery’s latest exhibition features a vibrant collection of mixed media work by the Forbes Arts Society members

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Linda Chant: hold me, cover me

Sat 12 December 2020, - Sun 7 February 2021,
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Linda's small, delicate sculptures – glasses, bottles, vases and lamps manipulated, shrouded and bound with fabric – offer moments of curiosity and wonder. Literally and figuratively, they hold a moment, a memory, a thought, an action. They also allude to notions of fragility and protection

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Jurgis Miksevcius: In the Light of the Sun and Shadow of the Moon

Sat 12 December 2020, - Sun 7 February 2021,
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. This exhibition Jurgis Miksevicius: In the light of the sun and shadow of the moon charts his development as a painter: his studies at art school in Germany, his early paintings and murals at the Bathurst Migrant Camp, and then focuses on later landscapes and philosophical ‘moon’ paintings as examples of the many genres he explored throughout his creative life.

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Adrienne Doig: It’s All About Me!

Sat 12 December 2020, - Sun 7 February 2021,
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Using a variety of media, including embroidery, applique, sculpture and video, Doig playfully explores intimate aspects of her life, from having a cup of tea to performing mundane housework. Embedded within her practice are layered responses to universal themes that have social, environmental and political narratives

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The Collection in Focus 2020: New Acquisitions

Sun 13 December 2020, - Sun 7 February 2021,
Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street
COWRA, NSW 2794 Australia

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. This exhibition of new acquisitions to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery collection showcases works of art received during the past 2½ years through the generosity of private donors; important acquisitions through the Calleen Art Award; purchases in association with the Friends of the Gallery; and donations by collectors received through the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

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Yvonne Boag: Travelling, Leaving, Settling, Scotland, Korea, Australia: Paintings, Works on Paper & Artists Books

Sun 13 December 2020, - Sun 7 February 2021,
Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street
COWRA, NSW 2794 Australia

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The exhibition will focus on a selection of Yvonne Boag’s works that connect and emphasise the relationship between the painted surface of her paintings and the intimacy of her prints, drawings and artist’s books

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Consecration Of Colours

Fri January 1 - Sun January 31
Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, Ken Nakajima Place
Cowra, NSW 2794 Australia

COWRA JAPANESE GARDENS & CULTURAL CENTRE, COWRA. An Exhibition of Oil Paintings and other artworks by Usha Singh Bachhil.

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Summer Saturday Art Mornings

Sat January 9 - Sat January 30
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. For ages 8 - 12 years. Taking inspiration from the ADRIENNE DOIG: It's All About Me! exhibition, participants will explore new materials and methods for making artworks including performance, paper based materials and weaving.

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Summer

Thu January 14 - Sun February 14
GANG GANG gallery, 206 Main Street
Lithgow, NSW 2790 Australia

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. This fun, colourful collective of happy paintings through the eyes of four female artists

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The Art of Lockdown

Fri January 15 - Wed March 3
Grenfell Art Gallery, 88 Main Street
Grenfell, NSW 2810 Australia

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. Grenfell Artists Inc. will be having their annual Art Exhibition from 15th January until 3rd March. This year the theme is very appropriately called "The Art of Lockdown"

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Ted Lewis

Mon January 18 - Sat February 27
Peisley St Gallery, 54 Peisley St Gallery
Orange, NSW 2795 Australia

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. Ted is one of Australia’s most skilled outback and landscape artists and has received multiple awards for his work. The Peisley St Gallery is thrilled to hold the second solo exhibition of Ted Lewis paintings in 2021.

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Bubbles & Brushes – Australia Day Art Class – Orange

Tue January 26 at 6:00 pm
Bubbles & Brushes, 211 Byng St
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

Join us at Bubbles & Brushes in Orange and celebrate Australia Day in style! You choose between our native pieces; Abstract Waratah, Pink Gum or Midnight Protea! Have a couple of drinks, bring a couple of friends and take home an amazing piece of artwork. You will have a stencil for the detail (or we can show you how to freehand draw it!).  These pieces is all about layering so no need to worry if this is your first time!

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‘scape – Pop-up Art Exhibition

Thu January 28 - Sun February 28
(Formally Belly’s Bikes), 221 Russell Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST. An exhibition of works by Stephen 'sven' Rogers. A revitalisation of vacant commercial space in the Bathurst CBD.

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State of the Sector Address/Picnic 2020-21

Thu January 28 at 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Machattie Park, Bordered by William, Keppel, Russell & George St
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia
FREE

MACHATTIE PARK, OUTSIDE BMEC. Theatre Network NSW usually present the STATE OF THE SECTOR as a formal address, speaking to the critical challenges and opportunities facing our sector – but we’ve been ‘in a state’ for too long this last year!!

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