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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Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Art Gallery – open again

Tue 1 January 2019, - Thu 31 December 2020,
Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery, 50 Old Great Western Highway
Hartley, NSW 2790 Australia
FREE ADMISSION

HARTLEY. OPEN TUES-SUN. The Kew–Y–Ahn Aboriginal Gallery project is a partnership between Arts OutWest, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage. Work by local Aboriginal painters, weavers, designers, jewellers and photographers from across the NSW Central West are on show and for sale in rotating exhibitions in the new gallery space.

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Orange Regional Gallery Extension Project 2020: Gallery closes

Wed April 1 - Fri November 6
Orange Regional Gallery, 149 Byng Street
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia
Gallery closed for renovations

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. Construction will take place over the 2020 calendar year with the Gallery closed from April to November.

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#BRAGStudioSet

Wed 1 July 2020, - Sat 30 January 2021,
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Over the coming months BRAG will be sharing the #BRAGStudioSet - a weekly insight into local artists' studios and their art practice.

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Blue – Forbes Art Society Exhibition

Mon July 13 - Thu December 31
Platypus Gallery, 111 Lachlan Street
Forbes, NSW 2871 Australia

FORBES. The Platypus Gallery exhibits members' work but there are also exhibitions from local and visiting artists. The exhibited works vary greatly from paintings and drawings in all media, ceramics, fine wood turning, jewelry and photography.

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Inherit: Old and New Histories

Sat September 5 - Thu December 31
Orange Regional Museum, 151 Byng St
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Exploring our region’s history, the exhibition highlights big events and significant personalities, as well as the lives and experiences of everyday people.

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Faded Glamour

Thu October 1 - Sat October 31
Peisley St Gallery, 54 Peisley St Gallery
Orange, NSW 2795 Australia

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. A series of soft and lyrical interiors and florals that delights in the feminine and decorative by Larissa Blake. 

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Orange Art Trail

Thu October 1 - Sat October 31
Orange, Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE. A select group of Orange Artists invites you to visit their studios and view their current works.

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Orange Wine Festival

Thu October 1 - Sat October 31
Orange, Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE. The Orange Wine Festival is the region's opportunity to celebrate its thriving wine and food culture and quality cool-climate wines, unique to the region.

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No Boundaries

Fri October 2 - Mon November 9
GANG GANG gallery, 206 Main Street
Lithgow, NSW 2790 Australia

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. An all male exhibition exploring the diversity of art without boundaries

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Makers Month

Fri October 2 - Sat October 31
The Foundations Portland, Williwa St
Portland, NSW Australia

THE FOUNDATIONS, PORTLAND. Events will include workshops, artwork and sculpture installations, opportunities for artists to explore the site, historical site tours, walking and running tours around the trails, kids eco and sustainability workshops and much more…

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2020 Calleen Art Award

Sun October 4 - Sun November 15
Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street
COWRA, NSW 2794 Australia

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. The Calleen Art Award is open to original paintings in any style or subject and for adjudication purposes using any traditional painting medium, such as acrylic, oil or watercolour (other traditional “mixed media” may be used to a lesser extent).

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Bathurst Library Children’s Weekly Activities

Mon October 12 - Fri December 18
Bathurst Library, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST LIBRARY, BATHURST. Children's programs are back in the library face to face from Term 4! Strict book conditions and covid restriction compliance apply

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‘Alive And Creating’ Contemporary Group Art Exhibition

Thu October 15 - Sun November 1
Colour City Creatives Gallery and Studios, The Barracks, East Fork, 2b Peisley St
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE. Thursday to Sunday for 3 weekends, from 15 October to 1 November. Colour City Creatives are answering the call of Spring and we're putting on a PopUp exhibition! Our galleries are too small in these Covid times but we have found a place to bring some joy and colour into your life.

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Legacy: Bequest, Inheritance, Heritage, Gift

Fri October 16 - Wed November 25
Grenfell Art Gallery, 88 Main Street
Grenfell, NSW 2810 Australia

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. The works in this exhibition reflect a lifetime of Merilyn McDonald’s artistic practice, spanning different themes and materials including landscapes, still life and figurative works.

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Amala Groom: RE: Union

Sat October 17 - Sun December 6
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. A six-year survey of the video and photographic work of Wiradjuri artist Amala Groom, One and the Same reflects upon the artist’s use of self-portraiture to explore complex issues around identity, sovereignty, history, politics, culture and spirituality.

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Jock Alexander: Of This Place

Sat October 17 - Sun December 6
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. Jock Alexander's appreciation of the Central West, particularly of Wahluu (Mount Panorama), is a source of intellectual and spiritual inspiration with which he seeks to address the region’s colonial history and its legacy.

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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West. These events 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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