Help Cementa through its growth spurt!
“I don’t like the art, but I like the ideas” - Kandos Local 2013
In 2012 the Kandos Cement works closed-down, leaving the town with an uncertain future. No one at that point could have predicted that this future would include a contemporary art festival.
“I grew up here and left as soon as I was old enough. I thought I’d never come back. But I happened to visit during one of the festivals and this is a very different Kandos than the one I grew up in. So here I am.” Kandos Local (2016)
The fate of this rural post-industrial town and the community of contemporary artists who have gathered around it are intertwined. The relationship between these two communities defines the festival as one that attempts to speak to and benefit both. Over the last six years, Cementa has helped to raise the profile of Kandos and the brilliant rural landscape in which it sits, contributing to an improved visitor economy and attracting new residents to purchase homes in the area.
At the same time, we have honed our vision as an arts organisation, focusing on the challenges of cultivating contemporary art culture in the regions, bridging the perceived divide between rural and urban art, and developing the unique collaboration with the culture and community of Kandos as a cornerstone of all of our activity
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN
Cementa is currently undergoing a growth spurt. We have recently signed the lease on “Angus Hall” the original community hall for Kandos. We are fixing it up to house our artist residency, offices, and eventually an artist run exhibition, and community project space called WAYOUT. This project will give us a central and visible location to build on the art and community-engagement we bring to Kandos and to our art community into a year-round concern. We already host up to 25 artists in residency a year.
HELP US MAKE IT HAPPEN
This represents a huge influx of talent, creativity and good looks, most of which goes unseen as artists occupy themselves quietly with making work for the festival. Our expanded program will enable us to take advantage of this considerable resource and use it as a foundation to make Kandos into a living, vibrant locus of regional contemporary culture year-round
“It’s great getting to hang out with other artists, friends, people you normally only get to talk to for five minutes as you do the rounds at an art opening. During Cementa we get the chance to spend time with our community, wandering around the town, or hanging around a camp fire… you don’t realise how important that is until you are here”