April 2019’s Art, Farming and Cultural Change Exhibition
KSCA, or the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, was formed in early 2016 by a group of artists, writers and activists so as to pursue the idea of art as an activity that brings about cultural change. Much of KSCA’s work revolves around the post-industrial town of Kandos (about an hour-and-a-half northwest of the Blue Mountains), in Wiradjuri country. However its members come from many places, and its projects bridge regional, rural and urban Australia.
April 2019’s Window Gallery and Atelier of Lyttleton Stores Cooperative exhibitors Jono Bolitho and Laura Fisher, Diego Bonetto, Gilbert Grace, Lucas Ihlein, Georgina Pollard and Imogen Semmler are founding members of KSCA, and in particular are involved in its projects ‘An Artist, a Farmer and a Scientist Walk Into a Bar’ and ‘The Hemp Initiative’. Every exhibitor’s works engage with and or encourage challenging and or changing relationships with the land, a most necessary kind of cultural change.
On the night of the exhibition launch, Eloise, our Exhibitions and Atelier Coordinator, facilitated a panel discussion. Discussing KSCA’s projects and the idea of art as an activity that brings about cultural change were seven panelists; foundational figure in Australian conceptual and socially engaged art, Ian Milliss, Cementa Contemporary Arts Festival co-founder Alex Wisser, coordinator of ‘An Artist, a Farmer and a Scientist Walk Into a Bar’ Laura Fisher, and participating artists of ‘An Artist, a Farmer and a Scientist Walk Into a Bar Georgie Pollard, Jono Bolitho and Imogen Semmler, and The Hemp Initiative Gilbert Grace.
The panel discussion is available to watch below in full, thanks to Eloise Maree Crossman, Fiona Davies and Alex Gooding.
Here is a link to the KSCA blog, where you can read a beautifully written and photographed review of the exhibition launch.