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 will deliver an intimate seminar series with world leaders, in Narrandera NSW. Susan Rogers will present on music production and cognition, Clive Parkinson will present on arts and health while Joni Adamason will present on environmental justice. These seminars will lead to a series of projects that will take place in 2020.
Yield is a group exhibition at Griffith Regional Art Gallery that features 22 emerging and established artists from the Riverina, Wollongong and Liverpool, UK that celebrates the incredible world of supported studios and the inclusivity it brings 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 Prize for Distinctive Work, winning unanimously out of a field of 108 entries.
Local Initiatives 2018/19
The Cad Factory and Bendigo Bank Narrandera Local Initiatives Program is a new initiative with a focus on programing that works closely with our local community in new and exciting ways. There will be five different programs all together, which will be announced throughout the year.
Specimen 2016 - 2019
Specimen is a collaboration between living landscapes and the Institute of Anatomy collection from the National Museum of Australia. This project will travel throughout regional NSW and Victoria during 2016-18, engaging with local artists, and communities to explore our emotional and practical connection to ideas of colonisation, species loss and place. We will further explore these reflections on colonisation by taking this project to London and Liverpool UK.
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.
The third and final exhibition in a series of three over 2015-17, featuring the artworks of 23 Riverina female artists curated by Julie Montgarrett (CSU) and Sarah McEwan. RE//CREATING was held at the HR Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga and the Narrandera Arts Centre.
The Friendship Circle | A Life in Craft 2016
The Friendship Circle was one of eight Artist Run Initiatives supported by Accessible Arts where community members with and without disability devised and presented a new exhibition. The group was mentored by the Cad Factory and assisted by Riverina Community College and Narrandera Arts and Creative Network. A Life in Craft was a celebration of the work created by artist Joyce Spencer. The exhibition honoured her immense contribution to international craft development through her books and artworks. Both exhibitions were held at Narrandera Arts Centre from 4 - 10 December 2016.
Shadow Places: For Sydney Design Festival 2016
Shadow Places was an installation that took place at the Powerhouse Museum as part of Sydney Design from 2 - 11 September 2016. The artwork combines ecological and agricultural thinking, video projection, sound and textiles. It focuses on the interconnectedness of rural and urban places and people.
Under the Kurrajong Tree: Kristin Hersh 2016
Under the Kurrajong Tree is a series of music concerts outside under The Cad Factory's huge kurrajong tree. On 8 May, American musician and author Kristin Hersh performed along with local band Grace Before Meals. The gig was moved to the Boree Creek Hall due to rainy weather. Have a look at the photos
Co-curated by Sarah McEwan and CSU Lecturer Julie Montgarrett, this exhibtion featured 20 female artists from the Riverina exhibting work at the HR Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University. Read the catalogue
Listen to the lecture Critical Conversations by Dr Jacqueline Millner
RE//CONSTRUCTING: International Women's Day Exhibition 2016
Backyard Bonanza 2015
Three talented Murray based musicians have been selected to record in our studio for a new exhibition celebrating the video clips of filmmaker Andrew Pearce for the opening of the Murray Art Museum Albury.
Our Narrandera iPad App 2015
Vic and Sarah McEwan collaborated with forty students and their teacher Jacqui Ryding from Narrandera High over 2014/15 to create an iPad app. Our Narrandera is a digital artwork that celebrates six 'unoffical monuments' of Narrandera using storytelling, illustrations, video and sound. Free to download in the app store on your iPad.
Under the Kurrajong Tree: Holidays on Ice 2015
Under the Kurrajong Tree is a series of music concerts outside under The Cad Factory's huge kurrajong tree. On May 16 'Holidays on Ice' performed, featuring Angie Hart (FRENTE) and Dean Manning along with local singer Jess Pearce.
Protools Workshop 2015
Shane Faye, renowned studio engineer, producer and musician gave an intensive one day protools workshop in The Cad Factory Studio.
Co-curated by Sarah McEwan and CSU Lecturer Julie Montgarrett, this exhibtion features 21 female artists from the Riverina exhibting work at the HR Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University. Read the catalogue
RE//ASSEMBLING: International Women's Day Celebration 2015
Still Point Turning Gallery Performance 2014
A one night only gallery based performance of Linda Luke's solo dance work Still Point Turning at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. To compliment this performacne Linda gave four movement workshops to primary students in Griffith, Tharbogan, Leeton and Narrandera in partnership with Western Riverina Arts.
Over 4 years of building, The Cad Factory Studio celebrated on November 8 with a vegan BBQ and performances from Melbourne band The Darling Downs and Sydney band AXIS. Have a look at the photos
The Cad Factory Studio Launch 2014
A three day walk of healing from the Murrumbidgee River near Narrandera to a property in Birrego over 40km away. The walk will incorporate contmeporary artists who will create site specific work at each campsite for the participants to interact with and to generate conversations.
Buckingbong to Birrego 2014
A a drive-in theatre experience based on Narrandera characters where the audience viewed the performance inside their car at the Narrandera Train Station with the audio of the actors being broadcast over local radio.
In the Heart of Our Past 2014
Uncovered : Uncovered 2012
Curated by Vic McEwan and featuring performance by Weizen Ho, Greg Pritchard, Blake Buckley and Vic McEwan, this evening of short performance invited artists to develop work in response to an artwork in the Wagga Wagga Art Galley exhibition Uncovered: Hidden gems from the collections of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.
Remote Spaces 2011 - 2012
Remote Space was a series of 4 shows in the remote Australian Landscape. This series represented a major shift in The Cad Factory's presentation of live music and focused on the interesting re-use of space, on this occasion with a regional focus. Shows were held in a disused service station, a huge sprawling scrap yard, a church and a remote community hall.
Music and Art Parties 2009 - 2010
A series of 10 curated live music, filming and art parties that invited over 30 musical acts and more than 15 exhibiting visual artists to transform The Cad Factory warehouse space. Each show was filmed and nearly 30 live video clips were made.
Police Emergency 2008
A theatre performance that looks at over exposure to trauma and the role of 000 emergency workers. This performance was taken to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Brisbane Festival and performed at Sidetrack Theatre, Sydney.
Exhibitions 2006 - 2008
An important part of The Cad Factory journey was inviting Sarah Moor (McEwan) to start curating visual arts exhibitions at Cad Factory events. Sarah invited a large number of artists to grace The Cad Factory walls with their artworks.