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.
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.
From lights and lanterns, pianos on the pavement, music and markets, art competitions, traditional Aboriginal dance and more; the festival captures the imagination of those who attend. Multiple events over ten days — for the full program visit the website.
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.
From 14–16 September at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, you can take writing workshops, participate in panels aimed at demystifying the publishing process, take pitches/consultations and have the opportunity as a regional writer to network, launch, promote and sell your books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Drama Room in the Community Arts Centre
Western Plains Cultural Centre
76 Wingewarra Street
DUBBO, NSW 2830
Western Plains Cultural Centre
P. 02 6801 4444
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.
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.
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 closed, From 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
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.