Cementa17 Contemporary Arts Festival: Kandos NSW
6 to 9 April 2017
4 days and nights of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, photography, installation and ceramics
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.
Cementa17 will present 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 will venture out of town to locations in the landscape. PYT | Fairfield will present Pagoda Parkour at Ganguddy.
In the Correspondence of Imaginary Places, artworks by 7 artists from New York will be installed at Birds Hut by 7 Australian artists; the Australian artists will have their work installed in and around Manhattan. Gilbert Grace will present The Hemp Initiative as part of his residency on Marloo, a 3000-acre property outside Kandos. Farmer Stuart Andrews will lead a tour of Marloo, demonstrating Natural Sequence Farming.
Cementa17 will be loaded with our usual events: Opening Night, Sound Night, Cabaret Night, not to mention daytime scheduled and spontaneous performances. Mark Shorter and Sach Catts will dig and chop in rhythmic exchange, Greg Pritchard will play a round of performance golf, Linda Brescia will dress up as an artist to allay anxieties, Super Critical Mass will unleash a found-object orchestra of regional choristers.
17 March 2017
Every day, comments are made to women which shape their identity, behaviours, social groups and self worth. Most of these are said with such frequency that we hardly acknowledge them. The phrases run the gamut, addressing behaviour and appearance along with directing our aspirations and goals.
17 March 2017
Cementa is very proud to have been able to facilitate a photography and painting workshop with Mudgee High School year 11 Visual Arts Students by Cementa17 artist and recent addition to the Kandos artist community, Terry Burrows.
06 March 2017
As I began research on this project I chanced upon a collection of speeches by Emma Goldman. As I re-read one of her speeches from New York I was struck by a collapsing sense of time. One hundred years ago Emma Goldman was arrested for distributing information on birth control for women.