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Cementa_15 Artist Residency | Orana Arts


Orana Arts is sponsoring a Cementa_15 artist residency in preparation for the biennial contemporary arts festival held in Kandos.

Dubbo-based digital and installation artist, Kim V. Goldsmith has commenced a three-month artist residency at the new Fire Station Arts Centre in Dubbo to produce new works for the festival.

Regional Arts Development Officer, Alicia Leggett says Orana Arts is pleased to be able to find a way of supporting not only the regionally-based festival, but a local artist as well.

“The next festival will have greater regional artist involvement, with several regional artists having already been invited to be part of the 2015 program. We’re pleased to be able to support artists like Kim V. Goldsmith to develop work to be shown over the period of the festival.”

Ms Goldsmith has been an exhibiting artist since 2002, showing widely with the artist collective, Fresh Arts Inc, until 2011, and in a three-artist show at Western Plains Cultural Centre in 2009. In 2011/12 she spent six months touring a solo show of photographic and video works to Dubbo, Gulgong and Gilgandra.

She says every spare moment over the 18 months will be needed to plan and produce a new installation work for Cementa, as well as taking opportunities to collaborate with others artists.

“I’ve been working on developing installation-type art since the 2009 when I was commissioned by

Western Plains Cultural Centre to produce a range of new media works for the Perspectives. Art. Ecology.  exhibition. However, there aren’t a lot of opportunities to show installation art in this region, and it isn’t widely understood.

“I have a particular interest in the natural environment and our interaction with it. At the moment I’m working with a fascination I have with the little birds in our environment and their role as an indicator species.

“In terms of creating installations, or built environments, the elements I look to use include sound, light, smell where it’s possible, human movement and mixed media objects utilising my photography, drawing and various other hand-made elements.

“The Fire Station Arts Centre studio space will give me both physical and mental space to produce elements of the Cementa work. I’m keen to show people what is involved in creating an installation whenever possible, so I’m planning to open the studio door to visits at certain times. I’ll also be blogging about the work I do during this time on my website”