Sep
1
to Sep 30

Head-onistic at the Pegboard Gallery

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Pegboard Gallery presents a exhibition of headwear handmade by Baradine artist Tina Pech.

The collection will be able to be viewed and pieces purchased throughout the month of September. So make sure to get yourself a one of a kind handmade piece for the race season!

Join Tina on Saturday 1 September at Pegboard Gallery (within Freckles Coffee Spot) at 11.30am for the opening of her exhibition and for the announcement of the competition results. 

Competition you say?
Enter your headpiece made from recycled &/or new materials by 21 August. There are categories for Adults and Juniors. Entries will be displayed for two weeks with the opportunity to be sold if desired.

What will I win?
Adult prize winners will recieve a vintage costume photo shoot valued at $150. Junior prize winners will receive a craft pack worth $50. More information and entry forms here

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Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Riverfest Food, Wine and Music Festival

Riverfest food wine and music festival featuring 10 of the biggest Australian acts of the 80s at Dubbos very own Lazy River Estate. The picturesque Lazy River Estate is the perfect venue to kick back and enjoy some fabulous locally sourced food wine and beer and a cavalcade of 80s hit-makers. More information as it becomes available here

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Oct
6
to Oct 7

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. Entry into the event is just $5.00 per person and go to our charity partner Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, with children welcome to attend for free.

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018, open 9am to 4pm both days.

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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

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

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Jun
22
to Jun 23

Articulate Festival

This inaugural event is a celebration of arts, inclusion, and culture in Coonabarabran.
There will be lots to see and do (and eat and drink!) — from art exhibitions and workshops, to storytelling and Gamilaroi dancing. This family friendly festival is highly accessible and invites everyone to come and visit.

Keep up with announcements by following Articulate Festival on their Facebook page, or visit the Articulate Festival website.

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Jun
9
to Jun 11

UneARThed Art Exhibition

The Gulgong Arts Council flagship competition and exhibition invites artists in a variety of mediums to compete for awards, including the Clyde Oakley Memorial Prize depicting any aspect of the life and work of Henry Lawson. The exhibition takes place over the June long weekend, during the Henry Lawson Festival, with the official presentation at 11am on 9 June. 

For more information visit Gulgong Arts Council.  

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May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Mixed Media Workshop: Textures of the Pilliga

OPEN TO: artists with disability
COST: free
WORKSHOP LEADER: Dr Riona Tindal-Rwomey Phd in Design (in natural history-scientific illustration)
The workshop will explore texture making, mark making and shape creation that tells story of your relationship with landscape and use items from the bush. Using the work of Australian artist John Wolseley as inspiration we will use a variety of tools to create an unique take on the bush around us. More information here.

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May
4
to May 7

Mudgee Readers' Festival presents SWF Live and Local

The Mudgee Readers' Festival are proud to partner with the Sydney Writers' Festival to stream select events from their 2018 festival direct to Mudgee in early May.  The Sydney Writers' Festival: Live and Local will be beamed into the Town Hall Theatre Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May. Find out more, including program announcements, via the MRF website

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Apr
21
to Jun 24

Karen Golland: Spells for Lost Things

Spells for Lost Things is a series of works by Bathurst-based artist Karen Golland. Using her own personal archives alongside inherited collections, Golland explores the role that objects play in conjuring personal narratives and histories. Mimicking the techniques used by museums to document new acquisitions, each collection is researched, counted and recorded. Unlike a museum, Golland then re-works the object by drawing, photographing, copying, reducing and enlarging, changing its meaning and the physical space it inhabits. Spells for Lost Things uses these generated materials as possible ingredients for magic, exploring the multidimensional nature of human existence and reflecting on the complexities inherent in remembering the dead. 

More information about this and other Western Plains Cultural Centre exhibitions here

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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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Apr
14
6:30 PM18:30

Lust for Live Acoustic

Proudly supported by the Old Bank Music Shop, Lust for Live are delighted to present
Lust for Live Acoustic; a series of intimate live music performances by local original artists.

Kicking off the brand new 2018 series is the supremely talented Simon Allen and the Unclaimed Millions — hand-crafting acoustic arrangements of songs from their forthcoming EP as well as some familiar tracks in their own signature style.

Lust for Live Acoustic is presented in the Black Box Theatre. Located upstairs in the Community Arts Centre at the Western Plains Cultural Centre — the perfect setting for an intimate music performance. Tickets available here

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Mar
24
to Jun 24

Obsolete? Artist, Object, Small Museum

Artists Nicole Barakat, Aleshia Lonsdale and Fiona MacDonald apply their creative and investigatory flair to considering a community museum in Kandos, NSW. Obsolete? Artist, Object, Small Museum asks a central question: how can ordinary lives, then and now, and randomly collected provincial objects, illuminate Big Picture issues? The artists have each engaged with the Kandos museum and region, with a starting point of looking at Australia’s ongoing dispossession of First Nation peoples. The artists’ works are a theatrical mix of assemblage and performance, the making and unmaking of everyday objects or sublime artefacts, their strategies shedding light on how history is claimed and valued.

Official opening at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo on Saturday 24 March at 2pm. For more on this or other Western Plains Cultural Centre exhibitions click here

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Mar
18
9:00 AM09:00

Abstracted Nature: Workshop

Artist Jeremy Hawkes is offering a day-long workshop titled ‘Abstracted Nature’ at Pilliga Pottery. Artists will use digital imaging to investigate nature and landscape and then be shown a variety of techniques to re-imagine these images into the abstract realm for sculpture, painting or ceramics.

Tickets are $65. For more information or to book, click 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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Jan
15
to Jan 21

Music IN BETWEEN Festival

Music In Between Festival is a great regional music festival for those travelling between Parkes and Tamworth during January each year. Most Events are FREE, owever, please review the program to book seats for paid events as numbers are limited.

Held at venues throughout Wellington. View the program here.

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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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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
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
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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