Leslie Pearson

Leslie Pearson

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

Kerrie Bedson

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.


Meme McDonald

Meme McDonald

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.


Tim Neal

Tim Neal

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 Kiely

Mahony Kiely

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.