Intriguing and unexpected - Artists collaborate on contemporary art event

As part of KCAT2018, Kyneton Contemporary will be presenting the work of Vaughan-based artist Jessie Stanley (centre) in partnership with the Friends of Kyneton Botanic Gardens. A MRSC community grant will enable Jessie to be artist-in-residence at the gardens. As part of this residency, Jessie will produce a series of ephemeral, site-specific artworks to be installed throughout the gardens and other key sites across Kyneton. There will also be an online component to her project which will both document her research and resulting artwork as well as double as a much-needed website for the Friends of the Kyneton Botanic Gardens. Jessie is pictured with Maureen Spark and Lyn Currie (Friends of the Gardens) and Clare Needham and Sarah Brown (Kyneton Contemporary).

As part of KCAT2018, Kyneton Contemporary will be presenting the work of Vaughan-based artist Jessie Stanley (centre) in partnership with the Friends of Kyneton Botanic Gardens. A MRSC community grant will enable Jessie to be artist-in-residence at the gardens. As part of this residency, Jessie will produce a series of ephemeral, site-specific artworks to be installed throughout the gardens and other key sites across Kyneton. There will also be an online component to her project which will both document her research and resulting artwork as well as double as a much-needed website for the Friends of the Kyneton Botanic Gardens. Jessie is pictured with Maureen Spark and Lyn Currie (Friends of the Gardens) and Clare Needham and Sarah Brown (Kyneton Contemporary).

A new contemporary art event is being planned for Kyneton in 2018.

With major government funding just announced totalling over $20,000 from Creative Victoria and Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the inaugural Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial Force Fields will be staged in April.

KCAT2018 is curated and presented by Kyneton Contemporary Inc., a collective of local artists and arts professionals who have commissioned contemporary artists from around the country to create new work specifically for the event.

Over two weeks, intriguing and unexpected sites around Kyneton will be transformed in a series of site-specific installations by some of Australia's most fascinating artists resonating with the triennial theme of Force Fields.

KCAT2018 includes Sydney duo Make or Break, Adelaide artist Tom Borgas and Victorian-based artists Georgie Mattingley, Elvis Richardson, Sarah Rudledge and Jessie Stanley.

"Tapping into the gravitational pull of creative forces toward and within the regional town of Kyneton, the theme for KCAT2018 is Force Fields," explained Kent Wilson, Kyneton Contemporary Inc. co-director.

"Action and location sit at the heart of the theme, which acknowledges the area's cultural and environmental setting.

"Reflecting on the many layers of history that have influenced the shape and identity of Kyneton, KCAT2018 presents dynamic artworks across a series of everyday sites whose environmental, social and cultural connections extend well beyond regional Victoria."

Collaborations with community members and local businesses are already underway with artists working in partnership with BUPA Aged Care Kyneton, Friends of Kyneton Botanic Gardens and Stockroom, Kyneton.

In the vein of multi-venue contemporary arts experiences inspired by site-specific biennales such as Documenta (held biennially in the small German town of Kassel) or the Australian Sydney Biennale (in part staged on the historic industrial Cockatoo Island), KCAT2018 is a small scale, yet robust tribute to experiencing contemporary art in a semi-rural setting and promises to offer unique experiences for locals, regional and metro-based visitors.

Expect to experience sound work, sculptural installation, print media, drawing, performance and new media in unexpected places like a farm paddock, small country hall, a factory, an abandoned building or even a motel room.

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