Welcome to the Cad Factory Artist in Residence Blog.
During the 4th – 11th August Grong Grong Motor Inn will host six artists for an intensive week of making new and original artworks to bring the motel to life with installations and performance for a special one night only event on Saturday 10 August at 6:30pm.
To read the daily blog by participating artists, click Grong Grong Creative House on the right.
In partnership with the The Grong Grong Motor Inn and Grong Grong Progress Society, The Cad Factory will invite six local and visiting artists to live and work in the Grong Grong Motor Inn, developing and presenting artwork, installation, performances and more.
Four local Riverina artists are involved and include; Scott Howie, a theatre maker, Julie Montgarrett, a textiles artist, Her Riot, a musician and Vic McEwan an installation artist and performance maker. Sydney video artist Darrin Baker and writer Clytie Smith will be making their
way down the Hume Highway to the region as well to participate.
The artists will live in the motel from Sunday 4th August and create contemporary artworks in the room and its surrounds. This week long intensive arts laboratory will allow the opportunity for deep exchange, exploration and presentation of ideas.
The diversity of the artists involved will make for a unique night and one not to be missed. The director of the event Vic McEwan from The Cad Factory says, “We are excited to invite both local and visiting artists to spend some time together to share their experiences and working methods
with each other. This is a great opportunity to put a spotlight on Grong Grong by having people gather to participate in an event that shares the viewpoints and observations of these artists. This project shows that The Arts can be one important contributing factor to the renewal of our small
This event is suitable for the entire family and is free to attend. One of The Cad Factory’s objectives is to create contemporary art events that are both accessible for the community yet still contribute to the development of contemporary art. A courtesy bus is running from Narrandera to Grong Grong and back again with bookings made through Narrandera Arts and Creative Network contact Julie Briggs.
Grong Grong Creative House
Saturday 10 August, 6:30pm
Grong Grong Motor Inn
The Cad Factory started as a warehouse venue for live music, performance and exhibitions in the inner west of Sydney in 2005. It was the first warehouse space in the country to receive Presentation and Promotion funding from The Australia Council for the Arts. The Cad Factory has seen hundreds of artists perform, exhibit, develop work and has established a strong artistic community in Sydney as well as hosting visiting artists.
The next stage in the Cad Factory’s adventure is the launch of The Cad Factory – Rural Residency Program.
Since 2007 The Cad Factory has been repairing an old abandoned school house in a small town called Birrego, between Wagga Wagga and Narrandera in regional NSW.
All that is left of Birrego is the school house which was built in 1886 for the children of surrounding farmers. It operated as a school until the 1960’s.
The Cad Factory has received funding from Regional Arts NSW to establish an artist residency program out of the school house commencing in 2011. This program will see three Australian and one International artist invited to stay at the school house to create work whilst engaging with the local community and presenting public outcomes. These residencies will be documented on The Cad Factory web page with artists writing a blog during their stay.