Cementa17 introduces four initiatives that support new modes of making, connect artists to other artists across the globe and increase access to diverse practitioners.
First Draft Gallery: Regional Artists Development
Within the brief of promoting regional–urban exchange, Cementa is working with Sydney artist-run initiative First Draft to expand its artist development program into regional New South Wales. In addition to supporting an artist to participate in Cementa17, First Draft will be providing a residency and exhibition in Sydney. Paris Norton, of Dubbo, is the first recipient.
Gallery Partners Program
The following organisations have generously contributed an artist fee to enable artists from their area to participate in Cementa17: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Parramatta Artist Studios, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Western Plains Cultural Centre.
Artbank Roadshow at Cementa
Artbank is an Australian Government art leasing program for contemporary art, supporting visual artists and craftspeople across Australia. Artbank will be interviewing regional artists at Cementa17 with a view to Artbank representation and inclusion in the Artbank collection.
Artbank will be at Kandos Returned Services Community (RSC) Club 11am–5pm Friday 7 April.
The Dome Project
Cementa is developing new modes of artistic practice in full dome video format. Wiradjuri Murriyang by Wiradjuri artist Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney, is the first project. Cementa is grateful for the generous support of Arts OutWest; the University of Western Sydney’s Dr Ain De Horta and Andrew Leahy from the School of Computing Engineering and Maths, and consultant producer Kate Richards from the Experiential and Immersive Research Lab, Digital Humanities Research Group; Local Lands Services and the Big Skies Collaboration. Astronomer Trevor Leahman, University of NSW researcher on the Wiradjuri Cultural Astronomy Project, assisted with compositing and astronomical knowledge.
This work is funded by Local Land Services and The Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia.
The Dome Project is linked to the Big Skies Collaboration: creatively celebrating people’s connections with the cosmos in southeastern Australia’s rural inland.’ www.bigskiescollaboration.wordpress.com
Wiradjuri Murriyang: Kandos Community Centre Hall 10am–4pm every day except Saturday, 1–4pm.
Thom Roberts and Skye Saxon have been our first assisted residency participants. Extending the model established by our partner organisation, Studio A, the assisted residency program allows artists with disability to travel and sustain residency practices. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Accessible Arts’ Delineate grant as a part of the Don’t DIS my ABILITY program.
Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation
Inspired by Ian Milliss’s ambitious vision for Kandos (presented during Cementa13), KSCA was founded on the idea that if art can be defined as cultural adaptation, then anyone practising cultural adaptation can be considered an artist. KSCA has embarked on several projects including Futurelands2 (November 2016) and The Hemp Initiative with Gilbert Grace and Stuart Andrews. Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation: Ian Milliss, Gilbert Grace, Laura Fisher, Alex Wisser, Diego Bonetto, Lucas Ihlein, Ann Finegan, Christine McMillan. This project was made possible by the generous support of the Australia Council for the Arts.
PYT | Fairfield will present Pagoda Parkour, a collaboration between Karen Therese, Victoria Hunt and the Dauntless Movement Crew, a Fairfield parkour, b-boy and tricking team. They will create a new work amongst the unique pagoda formations at Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park) near Kandos. This project was made possible by the generous support of Festivals Australia.
Correspondence of Imaginary Places
7 Australian artworks will be installed in New York City and 7 American artworks will be installed at Birds Hut during Cementa17. This project was made possible by the generous support of NAVA through the NSW Artists’ Grant.
Curated by (New York) Scott Seaboldt and Jill O’Brian and (Australia) Sarah Breen Lovett and Alex Wisser