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CEMENTA17 & Travel Bursaries by Runway

CEMENTA17 & Travel Bursaries by Runway

After two hugely successful festival events, Cementa is back for 2017, offering an entirely free, four-day celebration of independent and experimental arts in Central West NSW.

From Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th April, more than 60 artists and creative collectives will descend upon the small rural town of Kandos - a post industrial village located on the side of Coombermelon Mountain near Mudgee. This stunning region provides the backdrop to which the invited artists make, exhibit and perform work relating to the social, historical or environmental context of the town and its surrounds.

Building on the success of the previous festivals, Cementa17 offers a program of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, installation photography, painting and ceramics in multiple venues across the town. Works will pop-up in shopfronts, cafes, on the streets, in the local museum & nursery, at parks, garages, cars, backyards, the tennis courts, a golf club, community halls, church yards – and for the first time reach beyond the town's perimeter to include three works in the natural arena of Ganguddy, (Dunns Swamp picnic grounds and nearby Bird’s Hut) and a local farming property, Marloo.

2017 program highlights include:

A performance by 'Dauntless Movement Crew', a Fairfield Parkour, hip-hop and tricking team that will adapt their technique to the unique pagoda rock formations at the stunning landscape at Ganguddy.

'Super Critical Mass' – a large-scale found object orchestra composed of regional choristers with up to 40 participants performing in The Kandos Community Hall.

'Correspondence of Imaginary Places'– an exchange of work between seven Australian artists with seven New York artists, (with the Australian work being installed in Manhattan and the New York artist’s work being installed in an historical hut outside of Kandos).

Artist John A. Douglas remaking scenes from sci-fi classic, 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', adapted to the local landscape.

Installations from acclaimed Aboriginal artist Tony Albert and a portrait series of local elders by legendary documentary photographer, Mervyn Bishop.

Greg Pritchard playing a round of performance golf, Mark Shorter planting himself half-buried to the waist while he tracks the Transit of Venus, Teena McCarthy exploring the tensions between her mixed heritage, culture and identity and ArtBank bringing their roadshow to town.

For more information visit http://cementa.com.au/  or download the full program HERE


Runway is looking for a NSW based arts professional to attend the 2017 Cementa Festival in Kandos (6-9 April). They want you to be their eyes and ears in Kandos, and so they are offering a travel bursary in return for your response and review of exhibitions and events at this key regional NSW event.

you will get $600 to assist with travel and accommodation to attend Cementa, plus $200 writer’s fee.

To apply, please submit a PDF to editorial@runway.org.au:

  • a resume
  • a writing sample/or appropriate reference
  • 200-400 words on why you want to go, what elements of the festival you are keen to respond to, and an indication of your proposed mode of response (written content, interview, illustrated, video etc…)

Artists, writers and curators based in regional NSW are particularly encouraged to apply. This bursary is for NSW applicants only, generously supported by Arts NSW.

PROPOSALS DUE 29 MARCH 2017!

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