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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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.

Tall Short Artists Term 3 Classes

Thu July 30 - Fri September 25

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

Artist in Residence – Nicholas Gentile

Thu August 13 - Thu September 3

COWRA. Cowra Civic Centre is proud to welcome composer, singer, conductor and teacher, Nicholas Gentile for our artist in residence program.

Bob Ross Night

Thu August 13 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

BATHURST. Have a blast with friends and family, and leave with a masterpiece at the end.

Capertee AstroWorkshop 2020

Fri August 14 - Sun August 16

GLEN DAVIS. Shoot the Stars over three days and two nights of astrophotography instruction and coaching in the world’s second largest canyon.

Art School at the Pottery

Fri August 14 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Fri 6 November 2020,

LITHGOW. aRtists and Photographers to either sketch/paint in or photograph the grounds.

Colour Light and Seeing – Theory

Sat August 15 at 10:00 am - Sun August 16 at 4:00 pm

DAIRY CREATIVE, BATHURST. This is an introduction to colour via theory, demonstrations and practical application. The course will cover; properties of colour, forms of colour, colour systems, colour mixing, colour harmonies, colour contrasts, colour constancy and seeing colour.

Mindful Modern Calligraphy with Kimlligraphy

Sat August 15 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

GREENS ON WILLIAM, BATHURST. In this workshop, Kim Tran-Flores of Kimlligraphy uses the beautiful art of modern calligraphy to take you on a mindfully creative journey, teaching you both the art of modern calligraphy and the importance of mindfulness in our lives.

Parkes Painting Group

Wed August 19 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed 30 December 2020,

PARKES. Parkes Painting Group meets at Northparkes Oval every Wednesday from 10am-4pm.

Weekend Cartoon Camp – Perthville

Sat August 22 - Sun August 23

PERTHVILLE. Cartoon workshops for kids

Abstract Alcohol Ink Workshop

Sat August 22 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

BESPOKE & CO, BATHURST. In this workshop you will learn the basics of working with alcohol inks. Create colourful abstract artwork by moving inks around the Yupo paper.

Abstract Watercolour Workshop

Sun August 23 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. Join gallery director and practicing abstract artist Madeline Young for a relaxing 3 hour workshop of abstract watercolour painting. This workshop is designed to be a stress-free session of learning and experimentation for beginners as well as those who have some experience.

Random Weaving Workshop

Sun August 23 at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. In this workshop you will learn a number of random weaving techniques as well as how to harvest and prepare a range of natural materials.

Portraiture Workshop with Sally Ryan

Fri August 28 at 10:00 am - Sun August 30 at 4:00 pm

DAIRY CREATIVE, BATHURST. Join Master tutor, Sally Ryan, Australian painter and portrait artist and spend 3 days developing a single full figure portrait painting from life.

Weekend Cartoon Camp – Orange

Sat August 29 - Sun August 30

ORANGE. Cartoon workshops for kids

Botanical Drawing & Watercolour Workshop

Sat August 29 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BESPOKE & CO, BATHURST. Come and join Julia for a fun, relaxed afternoon learning about and experimenting with simple drawing and watercolour techniques.

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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.

To contribute an event email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

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