Dec
15
to Feb 10

Twisted Sisters: Imperfect

The Twisted Sisters, Cecily Walters and Toni Morrison, recreate the spirit of the universe in wool. Employing modern techniques to one of the oldest fabrics they construct energetic three dimensional pods and sculptures that bring together the vastness of the solar system to the earthy familiarity of our natural world.

This HomeGround exhibition is presented at the Western Plains Cultural Centre. For more WPCC exhibitions click here.

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Dec
29
to Dec 31

Gulgong Folk Festival

This year the annual Gulgong Folk Festival will include: Highlander, Sancha & The Blue Gypsies, Den Hanrahan, Steel City Sue, Reeling Rosie, Stringline and many more great acts.

Also on the line-up: workshops, markets, blackboard concerts, sessions, busking, poetry, the John Dengate political parody songwriting competition and a Steinway piano recital.

More at Gulgong Folk Festival.

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Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Under Western Skies

Every great music city needs a great music festival: Under Western Skies is Dubbo’s brand new music event celebrating the art of the Central West.

With food, drink, art and activities in the idyllic, historic surrounds of Dundullimal Homestead – bring the kids for a family-friendly afternoon and evening under our enormous western skies.

Book tickets and find out more here.

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May
25
5:00 PM17:00

Mudgee Night Glow

Glen Willow Stadium will host the first-ever Mudgee Night Glow. The evening will include a family friendly night market offering some of the region’s best food, wine and hand-made crafts, along with live musical performances to entertain you.
 
The festivities will also include roving performers, face-painting and jumping castles to keep kids of all ages entertained. This event is all about lighting up the night so glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, glasses, headbands and other glow items will all be available for purchase during the event so that you can get your glow on.
 
The main event will be the spectacular balloon Night Glow which will see hot air balloons inflated and tethered in the Glen Willow Stadium. The Night Glow will be choreographed to music and will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display. It will be on from 5pm to 9pm.
 
This event is weather dependent. In the unlikely event of extreme weather, ticket holders will receive an email on the day of the event advising of event cancellation and all tickets would be refunded in full. Event updates will also be posted on the Facebook page.

More information here.

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Aug
15
to Aug 18

Mudgee Readers' Festival

Find your story in Mudgee: for its’ tenth year, the Mudgee Readers' Festival brings stories, books, ideas and fun to the town of Mudgee each year, through a dynamic and boutique program of events. They pride themselves on sharing stories with the community in new and engaging ways. Look out for the program and special events via Mudgee Readers’ Festival.

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Nov
21
to Nov 24

Cementa

The Cementa Contemporary Arts Festival in Kandos will feature 4 days and nights of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, photography, installation and ceramics. More information via Cementa.

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Oct
18
to Oct 21

Warrumbungle Art and Craft Expo and Exhibition

Sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, paper crafts, painting, pastel work, drawing and more! 

Entries are invited in arts and crafts. Stallholders welcome. Closing date for entries: Thursday 11 October. 

Entry forms and further information available by phone: 6842 7846 or 6842 1599. 

Coonabarabran Town Hall, John Street, Coonabarabran. Opening night: Wednesday 17 October, 7:30pm.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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