In 2012 the Kandos Cement works closed, leaving the town with an uncertain future. Who could have predicted that this future would include a contemporary art festival?
And yet, 6 years later, Cementa is on the verge of launching its fourth festival and expanding into a year-round program with the foundation of a multi-purpose artspace run by regional NSW artists and community members.
The fate of the rural post-industrial town and the community of contemporary artists who have gathered around it are intertwined and Cementa endeavours to speak to and benefit both of these communities.
In pursuing this end, Cementa has developed a unique model that involves our community country town as both collaborator and context for audience experiences.
In our 7 years, Cementa has helped to raise the profile of Kandos and the brilliant rural landscape it occupies, contributing to an improved visitor economy and attracting new home owners. 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, and developing the unique collaboration with the culture and community of Kandos
With the opening of WAYOUT, we have the opportunity to take the benefit we deliver every two years through the festival, and make it a year round affair. We already host up to 20 artists a year with residencies in Kandos to develop work for the festival. This is a huge resource that we will be able to expand upon, in concert with our growing state and national networks of regional artists and our local community to create a dynamic program of events, projects, and exhibitions.
Our expanded program allows us to establish ourselves as a destination venue for cultural visitors and a platform for developing regionally situated socially engaged art.
We are currently leasing Angus Hall, the original community hall for Kandos which we are transforming into a unique artist run space dedicated to the regional practice of socially engaged art. But this is only a holding pattern, as the owner has offered to sell us the building and he has given us five years to raise the funds.
We also have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned architect Momoya Kaidjima of Atelier Bow Wow who is interested in helping us redesign the building for its new life. In order to do this, we need to own the building.
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Help us buy the building