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 ARIA award-nominated solo artist. Adalita is an integral part of the Australian music scene, garnering a passionate and loyal following and countless accolades.
Jet is one of Australia’s biggest international success stories and Geelong’s own Mark Wilson is the bass player. Formed in 2001, Jet went on to have a stellar career touring all over the world in their own right and with mega artists such as the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, selling in excess of 6.5 million albums. The band dissolved in 2012, reforming in 2017. While Jet was on hiatus Mark was snapped up by record label Warner Music to join their A&R team.
Mick Thomas is an Australian singer- songwriter, producer, guitarist, playwright and music venue owner. Thomas was the founding mainstay of Australian legends, Weddings Parties Anything (1984–1998), and leader of Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing. He is also an ARIA nominated solo artist. Amongst international tours Mick has won multi-ARIA awards, including the highly coveted Song Of The Year. He has also co-written tracks with Paul Kelly and produced albums for the likes of Nick Barker and Ruby Hunter.
Barry James Gilson is a Wathaurung man.
A singer, poet and actor.
Barry specialises in bringing back the ancient words and language of his people the “Wathaurung".
Barry has been a lead singer in the Tanderrum ( Melbourne festival ) for the last five years ongoing.
Emma Anna is a graduate of RMIT University’s Masters’ of Art (Art in Public Space) program. She works primarily for local councils across Australia and internationally, creating public projects with an emphasis on text, colour, modes of communication and the idea of ‘the mass’. She uses tools of language, popular culture, humour, universal symbolism and everyday technologies to help define both place and community.
Through the framework of a sculptural practice I work with and respond to sites. A continuing focus of my practice has been developing an expanded understanding of site, where context is crucial and site is positioned as a shifting environment of multiple relations.
Fiona has been teaching and educating for 25 years. She has taught in Early childhood settings, Primary settings as both Generalist and Performing Arts / Music Specialist. Fiona has held positions in both the Government and Private sector and has for the last 15 years has taught and mentored at the tertiary level at Deakin University where she is currently completing her doctorate.
Anamaria Gomez Correal is an industrial designer establishing her art practice in between installation and performance, space, body and movement. She is a Colombian woman immigrant to Australia and a current art in the public space’s student.
EPA is committed to deepening audiences’ experiences of place through site-responsive,
participatory, ecological performance.
Jonathon has lead some of Australia ’s finest community choirs including the award-winning Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir to win the Australasian Choral Championships at the City of Sydney Eisteddfod; recording and conducting Mythologia for the Olympic Cultural Festival with Graeme Murphy’s Sydney Dance Company; and recording and performing with k d lang and Jimmy Sommerville to name a few amongst dozens of memorable performances.
Corrina is a proud Wadawurrung Woman with a deadly, strong and beautiful spirit. Her story is an amazing one of survival and strength, of which she is more then happy to share to teach and empower other young women across our community. Corrina is a mother of 2 wonderful young Aboriginal people, communities and the broader Geelong region.
Tammy Gilson is a traditional owner from Wadawurrung country, the land in which her great grandmother walked.
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.
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.