Dec
6
to Jan 28

Hand-Crafted Timber Exhibition

Lisa Allen presents her hand-crafted timber pieces – together with art and glass pieces from  Joe + Judy Shalhoub – in this special end of year exhibition at the Gilgandra Art Gallery. 

Official Opening 2:00pm, Saturday 9 December
All welcome: RSVP 02 6817 8700
Coo-ee Heritage and Visitor Information Centre
Open 7 days, 9am—5pm

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Dec
9
to Feb 4

Georgina Pollard: Lines are Drawn

Painting on canvas is an invention of the 15th century and for artist Georgina Pollard it represents a convergence of architecture and textiles. By removing the stretcher bars, and thereby removing the element of architecture, the paintings emphasise textiles and its relationship to the architecture of the space. Pollard creates her paintings by pouring paint in different directions to create a fabric out of the surface of the walls. The works in this exhibition consider the lines drawn between architecture and textiles, permanence and transience, space and surface, male and female.

View other upcoming HomeGround exhibitions at the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

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Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

Secret Bridesmaids' Business

Presented by the Wesley House Players.

It’s the night before Meg’s wedding….what could possibly go wrong?

Meg and her bridesmaids are planning to kick up their heels for one last night of good old-fashioned girlish fun in the final hours before the wedding count down. However not everything goes according to plan.

In true Australian style Elizabeth Coleman’s Secret Bridesmaids’ Business is a comedy play about serious issues like truth, family expectations, sex and love. Never far from reality, Elizabeth Coleman brings her characters to life and they are sure to remind us of someone we know.

Secret Bridesmaids’ Business broke box office records during its opening run in Melbourne and then continued on to a triumphant tour of Australia during 2000. After a night like this, could marriage really be worth it?

Wesley House Players Inc, established in 1968, is an amateur theatre group in Dubbo committed to producing both quality classic and contemporary theatre.

Grab your tickets here.

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Mar
1
to Mar 4

Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival

The Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival is three days of bush poetry competitions, street theatre, puppetry, music, market stalls and comedy entertainment. There is something for everyone of all ages – anyone can have a go in this supportive environment, so join in the fun over the weekend. 

For more information contact coordinator@dunedoo.org.au 

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Apr
15
to Apr 21

Clay Gulgong

This biennial event will take place in a region that is globally recognised for its strong links with the field of ceramics. Mansfield Ceramics are committed to bringing the best national and international artists to the beautiful town of Gulgong. A jam-packed week-long program of events that includes something for everyone interested in ceramics.

Event details here.

Photo from Gulgong potter Chester Nealie's exhibition at Clay Gulgong 2016.

Photo from Gulgong potter Chester Nealie's exhibition at Clay Gulgong 2016.

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Aug
9
to Aug 12

Mudgee Readers' Festival

The Mudgee Readers' Festival has been developed to share the joy of reading and sees books take over the town of Mudgee in August each year. A variety of fun and thoughtful events provide something for every reader. 

Details here

Image from the Art Now with Text Classics exhibition opening (MRF 2017)

Image from the Art Now with Text Classics exhibition opening (MRF 2017)

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Dec
1
to Dec 2

Appropriate Audience Behaviour

A Black Box Creatives production.

How much coughing is too much? How loudly can you cheer for the hero? What is the perfect seat and what is the perfect food? Sometimes the real drama takes place in the audience!

The Black Box Creatives present a light hearted comedy of manners about one woman's failed attempt to watch Hamlet without interruption.

When: Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December at 7.30pm

Bookings essential.

Venue
Drama Room in the Community Arts Centre
Western Plains Cultural Centre
76 Wingewarra Street
DUBBO, NSW 2830

Contact Details:
Western Plains Cultural Centre
P. 02 6801 4444
E. contact@westernplainsculturalcentre.org

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Nov
27
to Dec 11

Art Now with Text Classics

Art Now with Text Classics was a part of the 2017 Mudgee Readers' Festival. This exhibition saw local artists interpret passages from classic Australian literature. Artists include: Toni Behrens, Denise Faulkner, Paris Norton, Charles Smith, Warwick Behrens, Dylan Goolagong, Helena Shearman and Kay Norton-Knight. 

Art Now with Text Classics will be on display at Pandora Gallery in Coolah from Monday 27 November to Tuesday 12 December.

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Nov
8
to Dec 3

Point Blank Writers' Group Exhibition of Artworks

At the Gilgandra Art Gallery, the Coo-ee Heritage Centre in Gilgandra.

Members of the Point Blank Writers' Group in Gilgandra were challenged to create an artwork inspired by their own or other members written pieces. The artworks on display are accompanied by an excerpt of the written piece.

The group has also created a book – Gilgandra Point Blank Writers Group Anthology – which may be purchased for $20 at reception.

Point Blank Writers Group is open to everyone and always welcomes new members with meetings being held at Gilgandra Shire Library under the auspices of Gilgandra Shire Council. Please contact Gilgandra Shire Library on 6817 8877 for membership enquiries.

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Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Soup Session: The Alley Gallery

Everybody’s got an opinion about street art. It’s the most polarising form of art on the planet. It can just as easily land you a gig as one of the most feted artist on the planet (see Banksy) as see you chased through the city streets by law enforcement officers (see any other street artist). It has even changed our legislation, making it illegal for youngsters to buy spray paint.

But here is your chance to actually influence what sort of street art is going to dominate a Dubbo alley for the next two years. These are your streets, it’s time for you to take some control. Dubbo Regional Council, Orana Arts Inc. and the WPCC have joined together to provide partially fund for four artists to make their mark on the alley wall. Partial funding? Yes, the rest is up to you. Artists will pitch their ideas to you, you vote for the ones you want the most, the winner get the spoils and you get to call yourself an arts benefactor.

Launched by Orana Arts in 2015, soup sessions are crowd-funding at its finest. Here’s how it works:
- Tickets: $15.00 include a bowl of hot soup, a bread roll + 1 vote.
- Artists have 5 minutes each to pitch their idea to the audience.
- Audience members vote for the project they would like to fund.
- The four artists with the most votes win, get the cash, and the chance to do their thing.

Purchase tickets here

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Oct
18
to Oct 22

Warrumbungle Arts and Crafts Inc Annual Exhibition

The annual exhibition of a wide range of arts and crafts – along with stalls, demonstrations, crafts and sales.

The Shire Acquisitive Prize will be announced, with a flower theme this year.

Only $5 entry with children free. Day passes available. Open daily Wednesday 18 October to Saturday 21 October, 10am to 5pm and Sunday 22 October, 10am to 2pm. 

The opening night will be exhibition only, starting at 7.30pm at the Coonabarabran Shire Hall. 

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Oct
12
to Oct 22

DREAM Festival Dubbo

Attracting over 10,000 people each year, the Macquarie Credit Union DREAM Festival celebrates all forms of creativity.  From lights and lanterns, pianos on the pavement, music and markets, the festival is a series of events that captures the imagination of all who visit.

The festival runs 12–22 October. Visit the website for a full program of events. 

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Oct
7
to Oct 8

Sculptures in the Garden

Sculptures In The Garden is an exciting not for profit event that showcases Australian sculpture in a beautiful rural setting within a private garden and vineyard in Mudgee NSW. Proceeds raised from the weekend exhibition go towards a local arts initiative to create a public art sculpture walk in Mudgee’s Lawson Park and the 2017 event is on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October.

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Oct
7
to Oct 30

SsshOUT!

Community exhibition discussing domestic and family violence, at Gallery 47 in Rylstone. 

Join special guest White Ribbon Ambassador Genevieve Elliott for the official opening night, on Saturday 7 October, 4–6pm.  

 

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Oct
4
to Oct 29

Inspired by Myra: an homage

A highly skilled craftswoman and colourful 1930’s character, Mudgee identity Myra Mogg inspires a range of fibre artists to create an homage to her knitting and stitching skills.

Myra produced exquisite examples of needlecraft throughout her lifetime of which a selection is now held by Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. She was also notable for being the first woman in Mudgee to hold an office job during the 1930’s, notoriously independent and a strong advocate of women’s rights.

This exhibition showcases contemporary textile works, traditional fine knitting and of the era embroidered pieces, at Artisan on Lewis in Mudgee. 

Detail from painting by Rachel Melchers, as part of the Inspired by Myra exhibition. 

Detail from painting by Rachel Melchers, as part of the Inspired by Myra exhibition. 

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Sep
30
to Nov 19

Faith

Coordinated by Orana Arts and in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Faith presents newly commissioned works by participating artists from the Left Field Project – a long-term community and cultural engagement initiative that has supported the professional development of emerging contemporary Aboriginal artists from the Dubbo region. Throughout this process, these artists have been mentored by established artists and curators including Karla Dickens, Blak Douglas, Jason Wing, R E A, Jonathon Jones, Nicole Monks, Chico Monks,  Emily McDaniel and Khaled Sabsabi in order to gain confidence and trust in their practice. Since the establishment of the Left Field Project three years ago, this exhibition will be the first time for some of these artists to produce works independent of and beside their mentors as equals for a group exhibition.

The exhibition officially opens on Saturday 7 October, 1–5pm. 

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Sep
30
to Oct 2

Bring to Light Project

Putting contemporary art in ordinary places over the October long weekend:

Kelly Leonard and Dr Greg Pritchard
, 30 Sept & 1 Oct 10am-1pm, Slow Book Haiku, handwoven unbleached linen, hand stitched albaca, amulets including pebbles, coins, gumnuts, Shoyoen Japanese Garden, Botanical Gardens, Coronation Drive Dubbo

Kim V. Goldsmith and Kelly Leonard, 30 Sept & 1 Oct 10am-2pm, Bee Box Sounds, installation of 13 bee boxes with handwoven linen and gumnuts in a double weave technique with accompanying four-channel soundscape, Cyril Flood Rotunda, Church Street Mall, Dubbo

Fishdog Jack, 1 Oct only 7.07pm-7.32pm gather for screening and jam 7.30pm-8.30pm, Near and Far (an open jam in D), animated ambient video of a landscape near Dubbo, 5’14 loop, Basement Studio, at the rear of Leading Edge Computers on the cnr Talbragar St and Macquarie Sts Dubbo

Jude Morrell, 30 Sept 9-5pm; 1 Oct 9-5pm, Sending a Message, an invitation to find and send on messages you may find as you wander through Dubbo, Victoria Park Duck Pond and surrounds, Dubbo

Vicki Aland, 30 Sept 10am-3pm; 1 Oct 11am-3pm, 2 Oct closedFrom Here To There And Back Again, cut paper book, Macquarie Regional Library Dubbo Branch, cnr Macquarie St and Talbragar Street, Dubbo

Milena Sallustio, 30 Sept 10am-3pm; 1 Oct 11am-3pm, 2 Oct closed, Chancers Are, installation of book pages and card, Macquarie Regional Library Dubbo Branch, cnr Macquarie St and Talbragar Street, Dubbo

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Sep
29
to Sep 30

Mitchell Quartet plays Kandos Museum

The Mitchell Quartet plays an evening of music for String Quartet and Clarinet. The programme opens with "The Lark" by Haydn continues with music by Weber and Baermann, and concludes with Shostakovich's Quartet No 8 Op 110.

Special guest Rosemary Barnes, clarinet, joins with the Mitchell Quartet, Doreen Cumming, Nicolas Newll, Fiona Thompson and Sybbi Georgiou, to bring you this wonderful evening of some of the world's most loved strings quartet music.

Kandos Museum is thrilled to be hosting the Mitchell Quartet in Kandos. Doors open 6:30 with refreshments will be available. 

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/111092756268867/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D 

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Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Neon Caves @Springfest

As part of Springfest 2017, local all-female youth group the Galaxy Girls are set to ‘bring the sound down’ with their live ‘Neon Caves’ performance and ‘found sound’ installation at the Wellington RSL’s underground venue on Saturday 23 September.

 Through the support of Barnados Australia’s ‘Beyond Barbed Wire’  community Reconnect program, run throughout western NSW, the Galaxy Girlsare a group of seven local girls ranging in age from ten-to-15 years, who have developed their first-ever 2017 Spring Festival performance with creative mentoring and technical guidance from Signal Creative .

Inspired by their close connection with the Wellington region and proximity to the local Wellington Cathedral Cavesand surrounding landscape, the Galaxy Girls will take to the Springfest 2017 stage at the Wellington RSL between 1 -3 pm on Saturday afternoon.

The culmination of twelve weeks working together under the guidance of Signal Creative duo, the Galaxy Girls’ conceived, recorded and compiled an original composition, and now look forward to bringing it to life with a dance and movement performance enhanced with spoken word, vocal sounds and animal ‘voices’.

With cave stalactite inspired neon glowing costumes, immersive stage design and artistic installations, the audience will be transported to a magical world, all evoked by the caves, and enhanced by these talented local girls’ imagination, their connections to the local surrounds, and an appreciation of stimulus provided by Wellington’s animal, bird and insect life, both real and imagined!

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Sep
9
to Oct 23

Cloud: Michael Riley

Michael Riley (1960-2004) was a ground-breaking Australian artist born in Dubbo. Riley’s photographic and film works explore Indigenous identity, spirituality, symbolism and social history, often with pathos and humour. Cloud was the last body of work produced by the artist before his untimely passing in 2004. The works have become Riley’s most well-known images and have been exhibited all over the world.

Through the generosity of John Armati OAM (1940-2017) and his family, the Western Plains Cultural Centre was able to acquire the complete series of 10 works that comprise Cloud. Armati was a highly respected businessman who grew up in Dubbo, eventually becoming Managing Director of Macquarie Publications in 1962. Whilst he was a resident of Sydney in the latter part of his life, he still cared deeply for his home town, donating funds to a number of institutions in Dubbo including Western Plains Cultural Centre.    

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