Cementa Contemporary Arts Festival: Kandos NSW

4 days and nights of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, photography, installation and ceramics

More than 60 artists make, exhibit and perform works throughout 20 venues across the town of Kandos and beyond.
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Genevieve Murray with Lyn Syme and Kevin Williams I Future Acts photo by Alex Wisser
Kandos was built to house the workforce of the Kandos cement works and collieries. Sitting at the foot of Combamolang (Coombermelon) Mountain – Kandos looks out at one of the most stunning landscapes in inland NSW. With this region as its focus, Cementa17 will celebrate the diversity of voices that can be heard within our contemporary arts communities.
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Cementa17 presented a strong showing of works by Indigenous artists, including installations by Tony Albert, Teena McCarthy and Paris Norton, and a portrait series by Mervyn Bishop. For the first time we ventured out of town to locations in the landscape. PYT | Fairfield presented Pagoda Parkour at Ganguddy.
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Sach Catts and Mark Shorter I Chop Dig Chanty photo by Alex Wisser
In the Correspondence of Imaginary Places, artworks by 7 artists from New York were installed at Birds Hut by 7 Australian artists; the Australian artists, in return, had their work installed in and around Manhattan. Gilbert Grace presented The Hemp Initiative as part of his residency on Marloo, a 3000-acre property outside Kandos. Farmer Stuart Andrews lead a tour of Marloo, demonstrating Natural Sequence Farming.
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Cementa17 was loaded with our usual events: Opening Night, Sound Night, Cabaret Night, not to mention daytime scheduled and spontaneous performances. Mark Shorter and Sach Catts dug and chopped in rhythmic exchange, Greg Pritchard played a round of performance golf, Linda Brescia dressed up as an artist to allay anxieties.
Nicole Welch I Wildēornes Body photo alex wisser
  • Artist Report: Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro

    26 May 2018

    Staying in Kandos feels a little bit like being back in art school. When we went to University, CoFA campus was tiny. It was quite hard to get around without bumping into friends and having a nice chat.

  • Kandos artists exhibit at the MCA!

    13 December 2017

    Kandos High School students Laandi Buckland and Ben Abrahams, famously featured in our last blog post, got their big break in the art world last week with an exhibit at the MCA.

  • Kandos Kids prepare for the MCA

    28 November 2017

    Kandos High School students Laandi Buckland and Ben Abrahams are working away on creating artworks for exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

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