Leslie Pearson is an award-winning multimedia artist, community arts advocate, and educator. In 1998, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Southeast Missouri State University and was heavily involved in community arts programming as the Assistant Director of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and co-curator of Gallery 100 and the Lorimer Gallery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In 2000, she earned an MA in Museum Studies at Newcastle University in England and completed an internship at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, England.
Kerrie Bedson worked has worked in a variety of jobs. The skills and values that she brings to each is that of creativity and wellbeing. As an artist she has explored photography, sculpture, ceramics, bookmaking, weaving, printmaking and mixed media.
Trained as a teacher with a major in Visual Art, (BA in Ed., Deakin University) she has worked as an educator for many years within Victorian schools. Further studies with a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy (RMIT) incorporated her two passions, Arts and Wellbeing.
Jeffrey Harwood moved from Sydney to Ocean Grove in 2013 to work at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre, University Hospital Geelong.
Born and bred in Geelong, Fatty Phew takes pride calling this place his home. He first started writing hiphop lyrics in 1996 as a natural progression from short stories and poems.
Born and raised in Pt Lonsdale, Tex Miller has been playing music in the region for more than 10 years. He has also been involved with a wide range of Geelong community projects including Queenscliff Music Festival, Pako Festa, FReeZA Youth Committee, Mens Day Out, Millions Paws Walk and Blues Boot Camp to name a few.
In 2007, Meme was engaged as Artistic Director of Connecting Identities to envisage the concept for a three year arts project that could address the issue of identity in a rapidly changing post-industrial Geelong. In consultation with traditional owners and Arts & Culture Department, Meme proposed Mountain to Mouth as an extreme arts walk creating a contemporary songline across Geelong. Meme directed the pilot, Mouth to Mountain, in 2009, and subsequently the multi-award winning M~M2014 and M~M2016.
(Contemporary Rock/ Pop)
A multi-award winning modern Australian rock icon, Adalita began as front person for seminal Australian Indie Rock group Magic Dirt. Magic Dirt was one of the most successful bands to explode out of Geelong in the 90s. She has toured internationally and now is a highly respected solo artist.
Trem and his team, Lyrical Commission, have become one of the most reputable underground Hip Hop acts to emerge from Australia. Trem is the real deal. As well as a highly respected Hip Hop artist, Trem is also the director of Unkut Recordings record label. After spending his teen years in Geelong, Trem has recently moved back to the region.
Blues & Roots
Tim has been a professional musician for 35 years, playing his first ever gig at GPAC. Since then, Tim has become one the most respected and prolific Hammond Organ players in the country touring nationally and internationally sharing stages and studios with artists such as John Butler Trio, Xavier Rudd,
Kate Cebrano, Ross Wilson, Joss Stone, Dr John, James Taylor and many, many more. He is a producer and engineer and teaches many instruments and is a core team member of the Blues Boot Camp.
Mahony has worked in Australia and around the world over the past 25 years in various roles including: artistic and event director, choreographer, creative producer, performer and facilitator of community process. She specialises in working with communities and companies who wish to use performance to express or celebrate, and devises content in collaboration with partners and participants to this end. In July 2015, she made a sea of lanterns with 1000 school children in Port Moresby for the Pacific Games Opening Ceremony. With Leonard Tebetgenu she structured a giant Conch (3x3x7m). It was completed by locals, and used as ‘cauldron’ in the opening of the Pacific Games, July 2015. The collaborative relationship begun then, continued in Mountain to Mouth 2016 with their collaboration on the 2016 commission of ‘Canoe’. Using cane, bamboo, wire and fabric Mahony creates large puppets, lanterns, fire sculptures and community rituals working with and within communities. Her own artform is sculpture built of earth, bound by medium and fired in the summer sun.
Sculptor and bamboo artist, Leonard Tebegetu brings his culture and upbringing in Papua New Guinea, his experience of life on a small island off the north of the main land and his work as a contemporary artist working globally, based in Port Moresby – to the role of Canoe Maker for Mountain to Mouth 2016.
Uncle Bryon Powell is a Wathaurung Elder and Chair of Wathaurung Corporation. Bryon has been involved in Native Title and Cultural Heritage issues for many years working as a Projects Officer with Wadawurrung in Ballarat. He is an advocate for Aboriginal cultural heritage recognition and equality and an educator of the wider community in Aboriginal issues.
Kerrie Black is an indigenous artist who has a BA and Honours in Visual arts. She was born in Geelong but has Wemba Wemba and Wathaurong heritage which is why Kerrie has a special connection to both the local area and land in which she lives.
Esther Konings-Oakes completed her Masters of Art in Public Spaces at RMIT University. She has been an M~M District Co-ordinator since 2014 and was the Walking Circle Artist for Station 4 Moorpanyal Park that year.