A one-day public program and exhibition exploring performance and public art.

On Sunday 26 July, our pilot regional engagement project culminates with a very special one-day exhibition of performance art works created by seven of our teenage participants.

The exhibition, “What It Means To Be Me” showcases the work of this group of local young people, exploring ideas of feminism, disconnection, mental health, love, fear and expectation. It forms part of a wider day of events at the Western Plains Cultural Centre exploring public art and performance. Other highlights include the launch of a new public art website in Dubbo by Deputy Premier and Arts Minister Troy Grant and a panel discussion chaired by Western Plains Curator Kent Buchanan with John Kaldor, artist Alex Wisser and Orana Art’s Regional Arts Development Officer, Alicia Leggett.

This pilot program has been an important strand of our recent Project 30 – Marina Abramović: In Residence and over several months, has introduced the participants to the genre of performance art through workshops, discussions, activities and art-making, as well as a visit to Sydney to meet Marina Abramović and experience her work directly.

To see more of the Pilot Project visit:

The project has been led by Kaldor Public Art Projects in partnership with the Western Plains Cultural Centre and Orana Arts. It has been supported by the Federal Government, Ministry for the Arts and Arts NSW.


10.20am – Welcome to Country

10.30am – Welcome and introductions by Andrew Glassop, General Manager of the Western Plains Cultural Centre

10.40am - Launch of the Public Art of Dubbo website by Deputy Premier and Arts Minister, the Hon. Troy Grant

10.50am – Official opening of the exhibition by John Kaldor, director Kaldor Public Art Projects

11am – 2pm – “What It Means To Be Me”, a showcase of performance art pieces in the main gallery space.

Featuring work by: Justen Beehag, Caitlyn Coman-Sargent, Grace Farmilo, Shanae Gosper, Kate Hagan, Clare Noonan, Sam Read.

2pm – Panel Discussion: “The Changing Nature of Public Art”. Chaired by WPCC Curator Kent Buchanan with speakers John Kaldor, artist Alex Wisser and Regional Arts Development Officer for Orana Arts, Alicia Leggett.

3pm – Q&A and refreshments

The Western Plains Respond: Regional Youth Engagement Program from Kaldor Public Art Projects on Vimeo.