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Narrandera Travelling Stock Reserve | Shadow Places

Image: Peter Fraser and Vic McEwan’s artwork for Shadow Places. Image by Vic McEwan.
Over four nights, from 26 – 29 October, The Cad Factory will present their new outdoor artwork called Shadow Places, which promises to be an amazing display of lights, sound and textiles.
After successfully presenting the project On Common Ground in 2015, that saw more than 1500 people enjoying artworks placed in the Narrandera Common along the Murrumbidgee River, over three days and nights, Shadows Places is gearing up to be the next chapter in The Cad Factory’s delivery of creative and entertaining projects for the whole community to attend and enjoy.
Shadow Places will be held at the Narrandera Travelling Stock Reserve, opposite the Fisheries on Buckingbong Road, 7km from central Narrandera. It is a free event.
Audience will experience the artworks by walking and wandering around 1km of the Reserve to witness the fifteen different artworks in various locations including; nine videos projected onto hay bales, lighting installations and textile artworks.
The idea behind Shadow Places comes from well know Australian Environmental Philosopher, Val Plumwood. Plumwood wrote about the idea of shadow places as those locations that we rely on, but don’t know. For example, someone in the city might rely on an area such as Narrandera for their food and fibre production, but they might have no relationship to the area, or understand the importance of this location to their life.
Artistic Director of The Cad Factory Vic McEwan says, “By holding a large scale outdoor artwork over four nights, we are trying to shine a light on our shadow places. The artworks celebrate ideas of connection amongst people, and encourage an understanding and recognition of the places we need to survive.”
The work of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Riverina artists will be on display over the four nights. The artists have all taken various approaches to the theme of Shadow Places.
Wiradjuri elder Lorraine Tye has worked with Uranquinty artist Casey Ankers to create a video artwork that tells the cultural story of the creation of the Murrumbidgee River.
Forty students from Year 5 at St Joseph’s Primary School Narrandera have collaborated with The Cad Factory to make five artworks, telling the story of the food they grow and more.
The Cad Factory also worked with the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering organising committee to create an artwork that shares the history of the Women’s Gathering and the important story of women through our regional landscape.
Wagga Wagga poet David Gilbey has written four new works inspired by the Riverina.
Local Narrandera artists have collaborated with Sydney artist Nicole Barakat to make three large scale textile artworks that celebrate our agricultural history.
Environmental Philosopher Deborah Bird Rose, Curator from the National Museum of Australia George Main, Boree Creek’s Steve Harradine, Jan and Garth Strong, Graham and Amanda Strong, Kathleen and John Foster and Colin Seis have created an artwork that shares stories about the skill of farmers to adapt, create new designs and ideas.
Wagga Wagga artist Julie Montgarrett, along with Clytie Smith and lighting designer Fausto Brusamolino will create a large textiles installation that will be the central meeting point, where hot tea and snacks will be available for people to enjoy.
And finally, Sydney artist Michael Petchkovsky will be designing a small scale “solar farm” on site that will power 80% of Shadow Places.
Over four nights, the Travelling Stock Reserve will come to life in new ways. On Thursday 26 October at 6:30pm there will be a special discussion evening which will feature artists, academics, farmers and Wiradjuri custodians speaking about their relationship to their practice, to Wiradjuri knowledge, to the environmental humanities and the work of Val Plumwood. This evening is for people who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the project. Short performances will be given by Michael Lyons and Peter Fraser.
On Friday 27 October, Shadow Places will be closed to the public to hold a special celebration for the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering Delegates.
On Saturday 28 October and Sunday 29 October from 6:30pm – 10pm Shadow Places will be open for everyone. Arrive from 6:30pm with a BYO picnic and watch the sun set, or arrive anytime during the evening and walk around at your leisure. Projections will appear from 7:30pm – 10pm. As this is an outdoor event at night, we are encouraging people to wear closed in shoes and bring a torch.
More information about Shadow Places is on The Cad Factory’s website,
Creative Producer of The Cad Factory Sarah McEwan says, “Thanks to the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, National Museum of Australia, Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and Narrandera Council we are able to make this challenging and important contemporary artwork that honours regional locations.”

Shadow Places

26 October: Conversation Evening from 6:30pm
27 October: NSW Rural Women’s Gathering Opening Event for Delegates
28 October: Open to the Public from 6:30pm – 10pm
29 October: Open to the Public from 6:30pm – 10pm