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

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 - Mon November 30
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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Tue June 9 - Sun August 9
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia
Free entry

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. AR+COLLECT is an ambitious collection project designed to give audiences unprecedented ‘behind the scenes’ access to the BRAG collection.

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Mon June 29 - Sun August 16
Orange Regional Museum, 151 Byng St
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Regenerate is an exhibition by local school children exploring the responses of Australia’s bushland to fire. Taking inspiration from Mount Canobolas and the 2018 bushfires, this exhibition explores how native eucalypt species on the mountain regenerate after fire.

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On Stillness

Mon June 29 - Mon August 31
Orange Regional Gallery, 149 Byng Street
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

ONLINE. ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. On Stillness is an evolving online exhibition presented across the social media accounts of public art galleries. It highlights artwork from the collections of each institution that embody the idea of stillness.

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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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Based on a True Story – Fleur MacDonald

Sun July 19 - Sat August 29
Peisley St Gallery, 54 Peisley St Gallery
Orange, NSW 2795 Australia

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. The body of work integrates intricately painted renditions of traditional dollies with the carved shapes of found carved domestic wooden serving bowls and platters to reinstate the humble handicraft as a worthy expression of a woman's life lived well.

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Stephen Hogan: Imagine

Mon July 20 - Sun September 13
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY, BATHURST. The studio of Bathurst-based artist Stephen Hogan is bursting with reclaimed steel, timber and found objects. His sculptures are a playful exploration of line and form, often with an underlying social commentary.

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Enrol now: TAFE Creative Design Courses

Tue July 21 - Sun August 16

ONLINE. New courses including courses that we will be running through Connected Learning, (West Connect), where students can study via web/VC conferencing technology as part of a virtual classroom.

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Inside Life Inside

Fri July 24 - Thu September 3
Grenfell Art Gallery, 88 Main Street
Grenfell, NSW 2810 Australia

GRENFELL ART GALLERY, GRENFELL. This exhibition is like snippets, little chapters that make up what life inside is like for someone who just likes to create something.

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Tall Short Artists Term 3 Classes

Thu July 30 - Fri September 25
Orange Public School- NSW DEC, 78 Kite St
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE. Excited to be running after school art classes in Term 3 at OPS! Thursday arvos- Grades 3-6.

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VeryLocal Streaming

Fri July 31 - Sun August 16
$15.00 – $25.00

ONLINE, ORANGE. Immerse yourself in the Orange region from the comfort of your couch and celebrate the small moments and local stories of the people, places and produce that make this region unique.

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Obsessed: Compelled to Make

Sat August 1 - Sun September 13
Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street
COWRA, NSW 2794 Australia

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. Obsessed: Compelled to Make presents the work of 15 artists from across Australia, delving beyond the finished object, beyond the personality of the maker, into the fundamental conceptual framework of their creations

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Code Breakers: Women in Games

Sat August 8 - Wed October 14
Orange Regional Museum, 151 Byng St
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia
Free entry

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Press play on Code Breakers, the first Australian exhibition celebrating the achievements of women working in the games industry.

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Gooloogong Recreation Park Market

Sun August 9 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Main St, Gooloogong, Gooloogong, NSW 2805 Australia

GOOLOOGONG. Most of our stallholders have been extremely busy during isolation and creating lots of items for their stalls and are looking forward to displaying them to everyone.

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LIVEattheGALLERY – Hot Club de Katoomba

Sun August 9 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
GANG GANG gallery, 206 Main Street
Lithgow, NSW 2790 Australia

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Australian violinist Simon Watts and French singer/guitarist Julien Clément team up for an evening of classic French chansons and an assortment of Hot Club swing jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

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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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