Cementing art in regional towns

How does a small regional town cope when 60 contemporary artists descend upon it for four days? Cementa shows how it is done.
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Image: Courtesy of Cementa

Kandos is a small town in rural NSW between the mining town of Lithgow and the wine regions of Mudgee. The town was founded around 100 years ago, ‘to house the work force of the Kandos Cement Works,’ explained Cementa’s website. Cement from Kandos was used in the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and much of the burgeoning city, however, in 2012 the works closed.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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