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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PYT I Fairfield I Pagoda Parkour with Dom Della Libra 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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Teena McCarthy I When are the bush marys coming photo 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.
John A Douglas | Screen Test (revived) – The Devils Tower 2017. photo by ian hobbs
  • 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.

  • Cementa17 Showreal!

    04 July 2017

    Just when the happy memories have begun to fade and the workaday world closes in around you, we have gone and made a showreel of all the fun that was had at Cementa17 Enjoy!

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