About Culture Maps Central NSW

Culture Maps Central NSW - Maps for finding public art + heritage + galleries + shopping for handmade + aboriginal experiences + arts and cultural events in our vibrant region.

Siloscopes public art


Culture Maps Central NSW is a collaborative project of regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest supported by the Central NSW Joint Organisation of Councils and Regional Development Australia Central West.

Content for this site has been drawn from Arts OutWest’s database, tourism teams at local councils and coordinators of some of the larger public art programs. Our thanks also to Central NSW Tourism.

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The region

Central NSW region includes the local government areas of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Weddin and the towns and villages in between: hit the country roads from Hartley to Lake Cargelligo, Greenethorpe to Gulgong.

Click on a theme and use these interactive maps to explore the region’s culture, pin point favourite creative places, learn the story behind pieces of public art, #buyfromthebush in person, connect to Aboriginal experiences, get the low down on local museums, find festivals, events and fun things to do with the family – and plan your next road trip.

Maps cover:

Changes and updates

This content is evolving. Please let us know of any omissions, additions, updates or changes by emailing artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

How we decided what to include

Inclusion criteria: public art

Sculpture, murals, street art, installations. Must be in public places. Including permanent, significant street art not commissioned or approved by anyone. We beleive it is important to include artist credit and artwork details as per a gallery piece (year, materials) plus acknowledge who commissioned the works, where known.

Inclusion criteria: heritage

Museums, historic homes, key historic sites – open to the public at some points (including museums open by appointment).

Inclusion criteria: handmade

Places that exclusively or mainly sell items that have been handmade in the region. Volunteer ran and commercial. Places that have a physical premise (not just online sales) and some opening hours or allow visitors by appointment. All art forms, artisan, crafts.

Inclusion criteria: galleries

Visual art galleries, both selling and exhibition venues. Places that have a physical premise (not just online).

Inclusion criteria: aboriginal culture

Galleries, publically open cultural sites, education and meeting places. All items checked and followed up locally by Aboriginal arts development officer. Consultation, where approproate, with venue managers or local custodians before publication.

Photo credits

Photographer, video and artwork credits for images and videos used are listed with each record and remain the copyright of the photographers.

Images used on the front page: Top banner: Lithgow Laneways’ Gallery Lane, photo Carolyn Hide; Street art by “Ears” (Daniel O’Toole) and “The Dirt” (Jamie Priesz) on shipping containers behind Cowra Regional Art Gallery, photo Zenio Lapka; Map images: ‘The Lithgow Flash’ by Le Gizz, part of the Lithgow Laneways project, photo Carolyn Hide; The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum Bathurst, photo Steven Cavanagh; The Journey Person handmade market at The Corner Store Gallery, photo Madi Young; dilly bags by Bev Coe, photo Otis Williams; The Corner Store Galley in Orange, photo Madi Young; ‘Artstate Bathurst’ opening event, photo Steven Cavanagh; background to text: (red) ‘redjar redbottle’ by Philip Spelman at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, photo David Roma courtesy BRAG; (wool and bike wheel) installation as part of Lithgow Laneways, photo Carolyn Hide (Cazeil Creative); (blue) ‘The Conversation’ by Stephen Hart located in Bathurst, photo David Roma courtesy BRAG. On ‘All listings’ map: The Grenfell Curtain at Grenfell Art Gallery, photo Helen Carpenter. On ‘Surprise me’ page: Lithgow Laneways, photo Carolyn Hide (Cazeil Creative). On ‘About’ page, Portland Silos painted by Guido van Helten, photo: Carolyn Hide (Cazeil Creative); then ‘Siloscopes’ by Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline, photo: Jay Lee Zagrovic.