On Common Ground 16 - 18 October 2015

On Common Ground is a 3 day festival of textiles, performance, video projection, installation, story telling, music and more. It will take place “along the Murrumbidgee” in the Narrandera common from 16 - 18 October 2015. 


The Murrumbidgee river has a long history as a contested site. Colonisation, the development of agriculture, species extinction and reduction, continuing environmental changes and resource management initiatives such as the Murray Darling Basin Plan, make this location and its surrounds a place of consternation with many conflicting views.


Featuring 26 artworks from 19 local artists, 7 visiting artists, 36 students and 20 community members, On Common Ground is a celebration of what links us, through all of our different viewpoints and histories. It is an attempt to allow a neutral place, a place for discussion and reflection for three days and beyond. 


Artworks will be presented between the entrance at Lake Talbot and extend all the way down to the Koala count marshalling area and across to Second Beach. Part of the experience of On Common Ground is walking through this beautiful natural environment. Please come prepared with water, snacks and sensible attire to make sure you have an enjoyable time in the Common. Artworks are installed in different locations throughout the Common, some in close clusters, whilst others are up to 1km apart. There will be a car park inside the Common at the Koala count marshalling area. 


Presented with the assistance of Narrandera Council, Arts NSW, Regional Arts NSW, Performance Space, Narrandera Arts and Creative Network, National Association for the Visual Arts, Australia Council for the Arts, National Museum of Australia, Western Riverina Arts, Happy Herbs Company, Bendigo Bank and Rotary Narrandera.