Cementa Contemporary Arts Festival: Kandos NSW
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 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.
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.
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.
07 July 2018
Artist Michael Petchkovsky and Cementa creative director Alex Wisser climbed into a ute on a freezing June morning to drive from Kandos to Wellington and Dubbo. Michael is an electronic artist who scavenges tips, op shops and garage sales for disused or obsolete technology which he then adapts to make audio/visual artworks.
04 June 2018
On my first day of arrival till the last day of leaving there was always a sense of a belonging, not only to country but finding a new belonging to people and history?
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.