CIA raid shire festival art

JAMMING IT: More than pictures of preserves, in a world of crisis, the 'Domestic Space' exhibition is a place of peace, says Janette Dadd of Comrades in Art (CIA).
JAMMING IT: More than pictures of preserves, in a world of crisis, the 'Domestic Space' exhibition is a place of peace, says Janette Dadd of Comrades in Art (CIA).

There’s an Air Raid, and there’s a dozen CIA operatives setting up for a hanging, at this year’s River of Art festival.

It’s not the CIA you are thinking of. 

The Comrades in Art (CIA) group met while studying art media and spokeswoman Janette Dadd said they continued to meet when the government withdrew funding and the course folded.

“There is a core group of nine of us, with others that come and go,” Ms Dadd said.

“We have members from Bombala up to Moruya.”

Ms Dadd said the group had an exhibition at the Air Raid Tavern in Moruya as a part of the River of Art, which starts on Thursday.

“Our exhibition this year is called Domestic Space,” she said.

READY TO RAID: Some of the CIA operatives preparing to infiltrate this year's River of Art festival with their 'Domestic Space' exhibition.

READY TO RAID: Some of the CIA operatives preparing to infiltrate this year's River of Art festival with their 'Domestic Space' exhibition.

“Twelve of us have contributed. We each paint a version of a photo of Susan’s Pantry, then we put it all together.”

Ms Dadd said it was more than pictures of jam jars.

“In a world of crisis, domestic space is a place to return to – a place of peace.”

Domestic Space runs at the Air Raid Tavern, Vulcan Street, Moruya from 11am to 3pm, May 17-26.

River of Art exhibitions

Bodalla’s Downward Dog Café has traditional Indigenous artworks by Shanna Provost and Jordan Roberts, accompanied by live music.

Savour the Revamping the Blues exhibition at the Artisans Nest Gallery for a selection of unique garments and wares using vintage textiles, recycled denim, and fabrics dyed with all manner of blue plants including indigo.

Narooma’s River of Art 2018 Art Prize exhibition at the SoArt Gallery is a highlight event on the festivals opening night.

Mosaics take centre stage at Club Narooma, with a collaborative exhibition from across the Eurobodalla. The Narooma Camera Club also has a selection of stunning prints on show at the same location.

Be sure to check the handmade beanies created by local textiles artists at the School of Arts’ Studios

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