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Political Women 2021 - 22
Political Women brings together artists from diverse cultural, generational, personal and artistic perspectives to illustrate and celebrate the complexity of contemporary feminist discourse and the art made within it.
CASE Incubator 2021 - 23
The CASE Incubator is a professional development, knowledge sharing and mentorship program aimed at socially engaged artists who are seeking to develop their practice, engage with their peers, create networking opportunities with diverse partners, and contribute back to the sector.
Recording Sessions 2021
Western Riverina Arts and the Cad Factory partnered in 2021 to offer this opportunity for local musicians to record a new piece of original music in the Cad Factory’s professional recording studio.
Wirramarri: Long Way From Home 2021
In 2021 we joined the Narrandera community at the Marrambidya/Murrumbidgee River for a family friendly event that explored art, science and ancient knowledges through storytelling, projections and cultural dance.
Ten Days on the Island 2021
Vic McEwan presented work and participated in several public programs and panels at Ten Days on the Island in Burnie, Tasmania, in March 2021, including the Creative Life in the City of Makers panel, The Social Imagination panel, Alder Hey installation at Willow Court Barracks, and Haunting exhibition and Artist Floor Talk at Burnie Regional Art Gallery.
From Menindee 2020
In 2020 the Cad Factory worked with Narrandera Fisheries (Department of Primary Industries), a group of amazing Wiradjuri boys from the Clontarf Academy in Narrandera, and local Barkindji Elders in Menindee to care for and release fish raised in response to the 2019 fish kill event, in an important cultural exchange.
Tension[s] 2020: Tamworth Textile Triennial
This exhibition acknowledges that the world has long been a place under various tension(s), both harmonious and dissonant. In order to bear witness to, contribute to and respond to these tensions, the triennial focused on the future of people and place through textile as a material and human experience as materiality.
Bidgee Bunyips 2020
Over 2020, Coleambally artist Kerri Weymouth interned with us as part of her Masters of Therapeutic Arts Practice at MIECAT in Melbourne. Kerri worked with a number of artists to imagine and bring to life the ancient Wiradjuri story of the dangerous bunyip who lurks in various locations along the Murrumbidgee River.
Life On The Sandhills 2020
Over 2020, Coleambally artist Kerri Weymouth interned with us as part of her Masters of Therapeutic Arts Practice at MIECAT in Melbourne. Kerri worked with local Wiradjuri artists in Narrandera to showcase an important piece of Narrandera's heritage.
Inclusive Fashion Sale 2020
The Cad Factory partnered with fashion label Aestheletic (Singapore) and disability provider Boundless Possibilities (Philippines) to produce an inclusive fashion line for Christmas 2020. Narrandera artist Layla Bacayo's artworks were featured on hoodies, jumpers, letterman jackets, phone cases, laptop cases and tote bags.
One for Sorrow, Two for Joy 2020
For Artstate Wagga Wagga, Vic McEwan collaborated with Aunty Lorriane Tye, Sue Clancy, Clive Parkinson, Musical Director Marie-Cecile Henderson with performers Kat Van Der Wijngaart, Kalia Forde, Dianne Pentland, Fiona Lai, William McKenzie, Geoff Parker, Maged Khalil and Paul Nolte to present this performative lecture on grief and suicide.
Something to Say 2020
In a time of climatic unravelling, a global pandemic and widening inequalities, there is a need for ‘unmaking’ the present world from the errors of our past. The artists and artworks in Something to Say consider positive and meaningful ways to reimagine life on the only planet we have; where all life is considered and valued. Presented at Artstate Wagga, 2020.
Presented amongst flames and molten steel, Sigh is a collaboration between Blacksmith, John Wood and musician Vic McEwan. Forged steel, flames, fire, clarinet, pump organs, contact microphones and more. An intimate performance in a working blacksmith’s studio where you will hear the screams & sighs of this enduring paradoxical medium. Presented at Artstate Wagga.
Inside Cinema vs Parallel Universe 2020
Over five weeks 13 artists worked together to create new work in a pop-up supported studio at Griffith Regional Art Gallery. This installation explored the imagination and unexplained.
Haunting Tour 2020 - 2023
Haunting is a body of photographic and video work made in response to dynamic environmental conditions, contested histories, and our negotiations of a complex future. Vic McEwan created the large-scale works while artist-in-residence at the National Museum of Australia in 2015 and collaborated with Senior Curator George Main. In 2020-2023 Haunting will be touring venues across Australia.
If They Spend the Time to Get to Know Me 2019 - 2022
Over 2019-2022 Vic McEwan has been exploring how people feel about their face and working with patients and medical staff from the Sydney Facial Nerve Clinic. Research includes an exhibition of evolving work at Tate Liverpool from 3-22 March 2020.
Joyce Spencer Fellowship 2020/21
The Joyce Spencer Fellowship is to support a regional NSW textile artist or collective to deliver a new artwork or exhibition. Named after the textile artist Joyce Spencer (1928 – 2019), the fellowship is made possible with funds from the Spencer family and Western Riverina Arts, in partnership with the Cad Factory.
Becoming the Future 2019/20
Over 2019 we delivered an intimate seminar series with world leaders in Narrandera NSW. Susan Rogers presented on music production and cognition, Clive Parkinson presented on arts and health, while Joni Adamson presented on environmental justice. These seminars then led to a series of projects that took place in 2020.
Yield was a group exhibition at Griffith Regional Art Gallery that featured 22 emerging and established artists from the Riverina, Wollongong and Liverpool, UK celebrating the incredible world of supported studios and the inclusivity they bring to the art world. Curated by Sarah McEwan.
Weaving Stories 2019
Weaving Stories celebrates the people who worked in the famous Onkaparinga Woollen Mill in Lobethal, a small community situated in the Adelaide Hills. Vic McEwan worked with former employees to create a roaming installation performance around the mill.
The Harmonic Oscillator wins the 2018 CHASS Prize for Distinctive Work
The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) exists to raise awareness of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) and their critical role in building the societies of the future. Each year CHASS awards outstanding projects that have contributed to the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. We are so excited to be awarded the 2018 Prize for Distinctive Work, winning unanimously out of a field of 108 entries.
Specimen 2016 - 2020
Specimen is a collaboration between living landscapes and the Institute of Anatomy collection from the National Museum of Australia. This project travelled to Dubbo, Narrandera, Wagga Wagga, and Falls Creek in Australia, and London, Portsmouth, and Plymouth in the UK during 2016-19, engaging with local artists, and communities to explore our emotional and practical connection to ideas of colonisation, species loss and place.
Shadow Places Narrandera 2017
Shadow Places was a large-scale artwork in the Narrandera landscape featuring video projections onto hay bales, with sound and accompanying textile installations. The artwork was informed by the writings of Val Plumwood and explores our human and non-human histories.
The Harmonic Oscillator 2015 - 2017
The Harmonic Oscillator is an arts and health project that was undertaken from 2015 - 2017, where Vic McEwan was in residence at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool UK. The outcomes feature new artworks, an EP, radio documentary, app, and a new book written by Clive Parkinson from Manchester Metropolitan University.
RE// Series 2015 - 2017
A series of exhibitions celebrating International Women's Day, featuring the artworks of Riverina female artists. Curated by Julie Montgarrett (CSU) and Sarah McEwan.