Cementa Contemporary Arts Festival: Kandos NSW Nov 21-24 2019
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.
26 April 2019
We’ve had our first Telematic encounter, and it was a solid good start. There are some really interesting people in and out here. While what happens inside the studio will be the private business of the artists, we have arranged to interview two artists after every session in order to give everyone else a taste of the adventure. Our first interview is with Karen Golland (Bathurst) and Louise Salter (London)
16 April 2019
So we called out and the artists called back and from this most basic form of communication, The Telematic Studio was born. It was just like the opening scene from 2001 Space Odyssey. Exactly like this.
26 February 2019
our very first remote studio experiment, creating a common, co-collaborative space online for regional and urban artists to connect and build creative community across distances.