Cementa17 Contemporary Arts Festival: Kandos NSW
6 to 9 April 2017
4 days and nights of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, photography, installation and ceramics
More than 60 artists will make, exhibit and perform works throughout 20 venues across the town of Kandos and beyond.
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 will present 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 will venture out of town to locations in the landscape. PYT | Fairfield will present Pagoda Parkour at Ganguddy.
In the Correspondence of Imaginary Places, artworks by 7 artists from New York will be installed at Birds Hut by 7 Australian artists; the Australian artists will have their work installed in and around Manhattan. Gilbert Grace will present The Hemp Initiative as part of his residency on Marloo, a 3000-acre property outside Kandos. Farmer Stuart Andrews will lead a tour of Marloo, demonstrating Natural Sequence Farming.
Cementa17 will be loaded with our usual events: Opening Night, Sound Night, Cabaret Night, not to mention daytime scheduled and spontaneous performances. Mark Shorter and Sach Catts will dig and chop in rhythmic exchange, Greg Pritchard will play a round of performance golf, Linda Brescia will dress up as an artist to allay anxieties, Super Critical Mass will unleash a found-object orchestra of regional choristers.
26 February 2017
Correspondence of Imaginary Places presents ‘Data Centre Séance’, a collaborative psychogeographic focus on an austere data centre in Manhattan known as ‘33 Thomas Street’ and the ‘Long Lines Building’.
23 February 2017
This year, Cementa is going international! We thought about cherry picking all the hot artists from across the international art circuit and parachuting them in to Kandos as an exercise in conspicuous consumption and arbitrary art world pandering, but decided instead that we would prefer to quietly engage with a grass roots arts community, not unlike our own that exists somewhere else in the world.
06 February 2017
After 2 years of preparation, with over 40 artist residencies under our belt and a number of initiatives in full development, we once again return to activate our beautiful little town with 4 days and nights of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, installation and ceramics presented in more than 20 venues across Kandos and its surrounds.