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Re-imagining the world through contemporary art practices.

We do this by creating new artistic work, providing professional development opportunities for artists, initiating partnerships and collaborations, producing resources and contributing to talks and conferences locally, nationally and internationally.

Our Team

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Artistic Director, Artist, Public Officer

Vic McEwan is an interdisciplinary artist working with sound, video, installation and performance with a particular interest in site-specific work. He is interested in creating new dynamics by working with diverse partners and exploring difficult themes within lived experience. Vic aims to use his work to contribute to and enrich broader conversations about the role that the arts sector can play within our communities.

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Creative Producer, Artist, Secretary

Sarah McEwan is an artist, musician and artist-curator who lives and works on Wiradjuri country in Birrego and on the Eora Nation in Sydney.

 

She is passionate about 'onto-ethics'; how to make the present world different from the past.

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Office Manager and Project Assistant

Kimberley Beattie is a Narrandera local with a passion for community engagement and cultural storytelling. As a short fiction and non-fiction writer, and casual poetry buff, Kimberley loves the power of storytelling in all its forms as a means of bringing people together despite the barriers of time, distance and culture.

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Communications and Digital Content Creator

Mirabelle Wouters is a Belgian/Australian artist and co-director of Branch Nebula. Mirabelle’s work is driven by a deep dissatisfaction with the hierarchies that shape the world. She values the devalued, spotlights the marginal, and celebrates the clefts in the concrete where the weeds push through. Grass roots culture drives her passion and skill for making shared experiences with and for communities, and authentic collaborations with a range of sub-cultural forms.

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History

The Cad Factory was born from the DIY band and underground warehouse scene that was prominent in Sydney during the 2000s. This time was alive with creative people driven to express themselves in any way they could, in any kind of place, but always amongst a supportive community eager to be part of any activity, in any way.
 
This risk-taking, filled with care and energy, grew the Cad Factory and built its foundations.
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2003

Vic McEwan rents the upstairs of a warehouse at Cadogan Street Marrickville and begins transforming it into a recording studio. Musician Kieran Carroll moves in as a flatmate.

2004

Vic and Kieran put on their first gig as the Cad Factory in their lounge room.

2005

Bands, artists and performers start becoming aware of the space and it grows in popularity as an underground space for interesting (and wild and trashy) nights.

2006

Sarah McEwan starts organising exhibitions. Darrin Baker starts documenting the space through video.

2007

Vic McEwan purchased the Old Birrego School House, 600km south west of Marrickville in the Riverina.

2008

The Cad Factory moves to Handley Street Marrickville.

2010

The Cad Factory has its last gig in Sydney on 6 August then moves to the Old Birrego School House the next day.

2014

The Cad Factory becomes a not-for-profit organisation. The Cad Factory completes the building work and launches its new, purpose-built recording studio.

2017

The Cad Factory becomes a charity.

2023

The Cad Factory opens a studio in the inner-Sydney suburb of Rosebery to promote a rural and urban flow of artistic ideas and practices.

2024

The CASE (Contemporary Art Socially Engaged) Studio begins to further socially engaged practices within Australia.

Our Board

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Keith Besgrove
Co-Chair

Keith was a senior official in the Commonwealth Department of Communications for fifteen years. Since 2014, he has mentored technology start-up companies and provided strategic advice to not-for-profit groups including Financial Counselling Australia and Energy Consumers Australia. Keith was a research associate at the University of Technology (Sydney) and an honorary fellow at the Cyber-security Research Centre at Macquarie and Newcastle Universities. He is a member of the Australian Computer Society’s Professional Advisory Board, a vice chair of Internet Australia, and a governing member of auDA.

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Kirsten Wehner
Co-Chair

Kirsten Wehner is an Australian curator, artist, writer and creative producer. Her practice explores people's relationships with the more-than-human world, with a focus on how creative collaboration between artists and communities can build ecological understanding, cross-species empathy, and flourishing multi-species places. Kirsten is the James O Fairfax Senior Fellow in Culture and Environment at the National Museum of Australia and was formerly Director of PhotoAccess, the ACT and region’s centre for photographic arts and culture. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from New York University and an MA in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

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Sabiene Heindl
Deputy Chair

Sabiene is a senior executive and lawyer with experience running an Australian music industry body, stakeholder relations in NBN and many years in a top law firm. She is passionate about the arts and regularly works with clients across the creative industries. She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Law, Bachelor in International Business and recently graduated from an MBA between liberal arts university Brown in the US and IE Business School in Spain while working for the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organisation in Switzerland.

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Tahni Froudist
Treasurer

Tahni is a performing arts producer and consultant based in Albury-Wodonga. She is the Executive Producer at Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and a Producer with Performing Lines. In 2017 she founded her company Froudist, with a focus on contemporary practice and participatory work. Froudist works with artists across the country proudly supporting the development, creation and touring of new Australian work.

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Beate Duesterwald-Peplow
Board Member

Beate is a digital strategist and marketing executive with over 25 years of experience working with companies in Europe and Australia. She co-founded a successful digital agency in 1996 and held various management positions in digital agencies and at a large Australian bank. She now works as a marketing consultant with SMEs and Not-for-Profit organisations assisting them in translating their business objectives into compelling customer-centric marketing strategies. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Approved Board Advisor at the Advisory Board Centre. She holds a Masters in Visual Communication and Certificates in digital marketing.

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Commitment to Solar

Since 2017, the Cad Factory, in collaboration with Michael Petchkovsky, has been taking ecological and contemporary art thinking to a new, innovative level by developing and implementing a range of modular solar-powered systems to meet the requirements of the site-specific performance installations that we present within various rural landscapes. 

​We see the delivery and  promotion of renewable energy as leading the way for artists and organisations to consider how they present outdoor artworks that have minimal impact on the Earth. 

​We have developed a range of systems to accommodate smaller- and larger-scale productions by creating modular, portable arrays that can meet a wide variety of power needs from portable handheld equipment, theatre lights, sound systems, through to 15000 lumen projectors. 

​Through this program we have delivered many successful  projects of different  scales; in addition to being a forward-thinking and necessary approach, we have found it to be a reliable, quieter and economic alternative to petrol generators. 

​To share our knowledge, the Cad Factory and Michael Petchkovsky are able to deliver workshops, offer consultations, or co-plan and deliver power needs to artist-led events. Please contact Vic McEwan for further solar conversations. 
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