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Vanishing Point 4, 2017. Julie Montgarrett.

Shadow Places Narrandera

Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October 2017
Narrandera Traveling Stock Reserve, Buckingbong Rd

Shadow Places was a large-scale artwork in the Narrandera landscape that featured video projections onto hay bales, with sound and accompanying textile installations. The artwork was informed by the writings of Val Plumwood and explored our human and non-human histories.

Shadow Places was an outdoor, roaming installation along the Narrandera Traveling Stock Reserve, on Buckingbong Rd, Narrandera. Visitors wandered the site at night and encountered the artworks and lighting installations.


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Shadow Places is a FREE event.

Arrive early to the site, bring a picnic, enjoy the sunset and see the landscape gradually change. As dark approaches around 7:30pm, the artworks will illuminate and you can wander, at your leisure, around the ten locations taking in the artworks.

We suggest leaving an hour to walk and see all of the artworks. Please wear closed in shoes and bring a torch.

Public Programs

Conversation Evening

Thursday 26 October
6:30pm - 9pm

This evening will feature an open conversation by artists, academics, Wiradjuri custodians and farmers on the ideas of 'Shadow Places'.

Featuring Casey Ankers (Artist), George Main (Curator, National Museum of Australia), Graham Strong (Farmer), Jeremy Smith (Director Community and Experimental Arts, Australia Council for the Arts), Julie Montgarrett (Artist), Michael Lyons (Wiradjuri Elder, Artist) and Peter Fraser (Artist).

The evening includes a special performance by Michael Lyons and Peter Fraser.

You are welcome to wander the artworks on this night.

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NSW Rural Women's Gathering -

A Private Event for Delegates

Friday 27 October

To celebrate the NSW Rural Women's Gathering being held in Narrandera, delegates will have a private viewing of the artwork.

This night is for delegates only and not open to the public. Registration is now closed for the Gathering.

Shadow Places

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October
6:30pm - 10pm: Open to the Public


Feel free to wander the site at your leisure. Enjoy free tea and snacks and soak up the atmosphere. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful landscape before the sun sets and the artworks begin.

Music from 6:30pm - 7:30pm by Graham Strong.

Please wear closed in shoes and be aware that there is uneven ground. It is recommended to bring a torch.

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Free Yoga in the Art

Saturday 28 October


Join Jason Heckendorf from Unique Fitness for an early morning.


The class is open to all levels of yoga, with the aim of the session to share and experience the landscape together and enjoy the beauty of nature, art and yoga as you greet the dawning of a new day.

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Artists and Team

Vic McEwan
Artist and Artistic Director

Vic McEwan is composer, sound and installation artist, producer and director based in Birrego. Vic is interested in landscape, communities, remote spaces and cross art form collaboration. He creates sound for theatre, dance, performance and conceives, creates and directs large scale site specific collaborations that often involve dance, projection, installation and sound.

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Sarah McEwan
Artist and Creative Producer

Sarah McEwan is an artist, musician and an artist-curator based in Birrego. She is interested in feminism and social change. Sarah creates solo work, installations and sometimes works under the pseudonym Her Riot. Sarah collaborates with other artists, community members and young people in gallery spaces or site specific locations.

Clytie Smith
Artist and Production Manager

Clytie Smith is a lighting designer, production manager, rigger and installation artist. She is engaged by the possibilities of spaces in-between; between art forms, the distance between people, cultures, between two trees on a river, between what is known and unknown, what is loved and unloved. She collaborates in a variety of roles with artists across many genres, from contemporary dance and performance, to site specific work and live art.

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David Gilbey

Born in London, educated at Sydney University, lecturing in English at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, for four decades, David Gilbey writes and performs poetry. David is the founder of Wagga Wagga Writers Writers which birthed Booranga, the Riverina Writers’ Centre at CSU, and is interested in fostering all aspects of creative wordsmithing in the Riverina, especially connecting with other artists and their forms. His work ranges from familial, ironic ‘confessionals’ through witty erotica and wry satires, from private to public worlds, travelling through Australia, Europe, Japan, in many styles, from haibun to sonnets, from lyrics to occasional and ‘Slam’ poems.

Fausto Brusamolino
Lighting Designer

Fausto Brusamolino is a lighting designer based in Sydney, Australia. Fausto has been working and touring with performing arts productions for nearly 20 years across Italy, Portugal, France, Iran, Australia, and New Zealand. His roles have spanned lighting design, set design, lighting board operator, venue and production management.

Fausto spends his spare time working on hardware/software prototypes and visual/interactive projects, playing bass guitar, recording and producing his own music.

George Main

George Main works as a curator and environmental historian at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. He is particularly interested in the cultural and historical dynamics that transformed inland places into modern farmland. George develops and contributes to a range of exhibition, collection and research projects that allow objects and places to convey useful understandings about human ties to the rest of nature.

Jannice Banks
Documentary Crew

Jannice is a recent Television Production graduate from Charles Sturt University with a passion for the world, and telling it's stories through audiovisual mediums and photography. With a heavy interest in environmental, humanitarian and global conversations, her work focuses on integrity and finds motivation through a drive to develop human perspective and to toy with social ideals. She has worked on a range of projects in collaboration with commercial television outlets, independent filmmakers, the Australian military, as well as solo projects.

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Julie Montgarrett

Julie Montgarrett is a textile artist, curator and lecturer at CSU, Wagga Wagga NSW whose practice includes solo and group exhibitions, site specific installations, public art commissions and community-based arts projects in Australia and internationally. Her main interests are in the areas of drawing and textile to extend the conceptual and spatial possibilities of textile as narrative questioning dominant Australian histories; to explore doubt and fragility via visual narratives in complex installations.

Kimberley Beattie
Project Assistant

Kimberley Beattie is a Narrandera local with a passion for environmental community engagement. She enjoys discovering new ways to connect people with the natural world, local history, and each other. As a short fiction and non-fiction writer, and poetry buff, Kimberley loves the power of story-telling in all its forms as a means of bringing people together despite the barriers of time, distance and culture.

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Lorraine Tye and
Casey Ankers


Lorraine Tye is a Wiradjuri Elder, artist and maker using basketry techniques and other fibre practices. Lorraine has exhibited widely in the Riverina region and beyond. She has recently completed studying Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga. Having learnt more about her culture, Lorraine is creating work that reflects place and connection to Country.

With a background in metalwork, community broadcasting and community cultural development, Casey now spends time designing gardens, raising her children, talking to her chicken, thinking about art and doing way too much housework.

Martin Fox
Installation Colour Grader
and Documentary Maker

Martin has a thirty-five year career span as a video artist, professional editor, sound recordist and director, mostly for film and documentaries as well as for a number of dance productions. Martin has been video artist for De Quincey Co’s Metadata and Linda Luke’s solo Still Point Turning, and edited video for several dance works, including Margie Medlin's dance film Morphing Physiology.

Mitchell Bell
Documentary Crew

Mitchell grew up in the small city of Wagga Wagga, where he developed his passion for music and sound production. It all began with a guitar in his parent’s garage, which steadily progressed into performing, producing and recording music for local artists and events. He has recently completed his Bachelor of Stage and Screen at Charles Sturt University, and is looking to utilise his knowledge to work on innovative and inspiring projects to establish himself within the sound and film industry.

Narrandera Textiles Group

The Narrandera Textile Group come together through their shared loved of making and friendship. The group consists of: Caroline Applebee, Maxi Bohl, Julie Briggs, Kathleen Foster, Robyn Gown, Marilyn Manning, Holly McEwan, Sarah McEwan, Josie Middleton, Julie Montgarrett, Natalie Power, Lindee Russell and Joyce Spencer.

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Peter Fraser

Peter Fraser is a movement artist from Melbourne. He studied BodyWeather with Min Tanaka in Japan and with Frank van de Ven from BodyWeather Amsterdam. He has been a core member of the de Quincey Co since 1990.


Shadow Places has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Special thanks to Deborah Vaughan, John and Kathleen Foster, Steve Harradine, Colin Seis, Jan and Garth Strong, Professor Deborah Bird Rose, Timothy Crutchett, the McLean Family, Graham and Amanda Strong and the Rural Women's Gathering Committee Narrandera.

Images: Jackie Cooper, James T Farley, Vic McEwan

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