Art treasure hunt

With a passion for the arts and their local community a group of professional artists and curators living in Kyneton have come together to form the arts collective Kyneton Contemporary Inc.
The collective is keen to share knowledge and expertise to bring excellent art and ideas to the region to
facilitate opportunities for artists and engage creative experiences for the local community and its visitors.
From April 14 – 22 they will present the inaugural Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial.
Themed ‘Force Fields’, KCAT2018 is a celebration of contemporary art and the energies that resonate in place
and community.
“It is essentially an art treasure hunt with new work by 10 exciting contemporary Australian artists from right across the country hidden in unusual sites across the town of Kyneton, both indoor and outdoor,” co-director Clare Needham explains.
“Artists have spent time over the last 18 months developing their work in direct connection to the sites, people, geography, history and energy of Kyneton presenting fascinating new perspectives on the regional town.”
Some artworks can be seen for free, but most require visitors to have a KCAT pass which includes a map for navigating between works. A KCAT pass also provides entry to a jam-packed program of events complementing or as an extension of the artworks on display including participatory jogging events as well as dance and choreographed live art performances.
The whole event will be launched on Friday April 13 at 5.30pm with an official ceremony followed by an energetic celebration of local creative talent at the KCAT2018 Launch Party from 8pm at the Bluestone Theatre, Kyneton.
Music by central Vic musicians Artificial Limb and The Rev Al will be accompanied by visuals by Sean Hogan, Marc Eiden and Vaughan-based KCAT2018 artist Jessie Stanley who for the last 12 months has been artist-in-residence with the Friends of Kyneton Botanic Gardens.
Also playing at the Launch Party are award-winning Kyneton locals Zoë Barry and Jed Palmer. A powerhouse of combined talent; Jed and Zoë have composed music together for 20 years. Originally in bands together, they have since collaborated on composition commissions for film, television, ensembles and public installations. Their performances together are rare and magical; a fluid semi-improvised musical ‘conversation’ located at the intersection of their separate sonic worlds.
The KCAT2018 Launch Party on Friday April 13 is not to be missed and tickets are limited.
A KCAT party pack including a KCAT pass and Launch Party ticket can be purchased at
www.kynetoncontemporay.comZoë Barry and Jed Palmer will perform at the Launch Party for the inaugural Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial on Friday night.

Angela Crawford
Angela Crawford is the editor of The Midland Express