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.
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.
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.
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.
David Dellafiora is a cultural worker, teacher and conceptual artist whose practice encompasses public art, artist books, multiples, mail art and installation.
Once a singer-songwriter player with acclaimed Goanna Band, Rose has maintained a strong bond with Aboriginal people in areas of social justice and human rights.
Jacinta Leitch found her passion for the arts very early and it outweighed other career choices, her only true ambition to become an artist.
Boating & Floating
Howard started his career in Queenscliff as a boat builder where he specialised in building timber boats. He then moved onto construction work in the commercial industry working on large scale developments and projects. Howard then made the transition to the domestic industry over 20 years ago where he now specialises in architectural homes around the coast.
Howard’s meticulous attention to detail and craftmanship which he developed whilst a boat builder is reflected in the homes that he builds and quality that he delivers in every project. Being a member of the Alternative Technology Association, Howard is up to date with the latest technology and environmental practices that support a sustainable future.
Lizz Lethlean has a 20+ year background in the performing arts, specialising in theatre and puppetry. As a member of Handspan Theatre, international touring formed the backbone of her performance work. Her freelance career includes working as a performer, singer, puppeteer and image maker. Lizz continues to fuse her performance and teaching skills to create theatrical experiences for and with people of all ages. For Connecting Identities, Lizz has contributed the bird puppet imagery for Mouth to Mountain.
Benjamin has combined a passion for sculptural form with a pragmatic rural sensibility throughout his 16-year international career producing civic sculptures in stainless steel, wood, stone and ice. As director of Agency of Sculpture, he consolidates a network of sculptors and craftspeople to harness natural forms into works of astounding beauty meeting the requirements of civic works of lasting significance.
Michele Fifer Spooner has worked for 30 years as a visual arts practitioner, and with Handspan Theatre for 20...
Julie Shaw is a potter works from a home studio making pots that can be handled and used.
Artist - Ward Flags
Colour, textile and natural fibre, natural dyes are Kathryn’s inspiration. Spending 25 years specialising in silk, breeding silkworms and researching Sericulture. The bulk of her work is based on a close working relationship with clients requesting individual commissions, realising their visions.
Margie is an artist and researcher known for creating large-scale ceremonies alongside diverse communities both nationally and internationally. Utilising fire, ritual-art forms, design thinking, trans-disciplinary performance modes and collaborative processes. Her work over the past 25+ years has ranged from intimate indoor events, to exuberant street theatre productions, street art installations and epic-scale community ceremonies in many Arts Festivals and Community Gatherings.
Margie recently completed a PhD on Composing Contemporary Ceremony, whilst continuing with her freelance artistic practice. She performs a mentorship role for young and emerging artists, and has an ongoing commitment to reconciliation, the recognition and respect of Indigenous cultures, and championing the rites of humans, other entities and the environment in her works.
2009 2014 Assistant Visual Artist/Lighting
Originating from Zimbabwe, now living in Australia, Gilbert Douglas is one of Southern Africaʼs most respected contemporary dance choreographers and teachers.
Mark Cuthbertson is a visual artist and theatre designer exploring metaphors of colonisation and domestication. He experiments with a variety of constructed forms and large scale controlled inflated environments, using domestic and industrial materials, creating a sense of encounter and dialogue within the work.
Rita Halabarec is a Lara based artist connected to Karingallery. Rita was a founding member of Big Bag Band and the Back to Back Theatre ensemble. She has toured internationally with Back to Back. Rita creates artworks that explore contemporary popular culture icons, ranging from Michael Jackson to Tamworth's big guitar.