Artistic Director
Directorate of Ceremonies

Canoe Artists

Canoe is Mountain to Mouth’s lead ephemeral artwork. Canoe leads walkers from You Yangs Big Rock, carrying water from the ancient rockwell along the 80 kilometre contemporary songline to the mouth of the Barwon River, at Barwon Heads.   In 2018, Canoe Commission is made possible by funding from Deakin University.  The 2018 Canoe Artists are to be announced shortly.

Following a national and international call out to artists, Leslie Pearson from North Carolina USA and Kerrie Bedson from Ocean Grove, Australia have been jointly awarded the commission.  Both artists bring different skills to the process and will share these with local artists in practical workshops offered.

Ceremony Directors

Ceremony Artistic Team

Ceremonies are held at strategic points along the songline. Three ceremonies feature in this year’s Mountain to Mouth delivered by a core team of artists listed below.

We acknowledge with gratitude and thanks the following individuals and groups who join with us and participate in Mountain to Mouth 2018:

Ceremony Community Groups and individual performers

Uncle Bryon Powell, Wadawurrung Elder
Wadawurrung Dancers
Deadly Dancers
Koorie Kids Choir
Norm Stanley
Institute of Koorie Education
Impetus Dance Company
The Loft Studio Space
Barwon Valley Special School/Emotion 21
Adam Di Biaso
Immy Owusu
Filipino Women
Sikh Dancers
Brazilian Dancers/Capoeria
Wild Movers
Josh Twee
Carly Shephard

Deakin Uni
Northern Bay College
The Connies
The Potato Shed
Shakespeare Group
South Sudanese Community
Chillean Community
M~M Massed Choir


Ashby Primary School
Newcomb Park Primary School
Christian College
Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School
Northern Bay P-12 College
St Thomas Primary School
Drysdale Primary School
Newtown Primary School
Barwon Heads Primary School


2018 Walking Circle Artists

Twelve Walking Circles mark resting points for Mountain to Mouth’s lead processional image - Canoe - and walkers as they travel the M~M 80km contemporary songline.

Each Walking Circle features an ephemeral artwork commissioned from a Geelong regional artist. For M~M2018, the artworks respond to the place they are installed and to the overarching theme for M~M2018 - Earth.

“What an incredible experience! …That was the hardest, most beautiful, and rewarding event I have ever worked on.”

Artists by Year


If your entry is missing or you would like us to make a change, please send updated details to mtom@geelongcity.vic.gov.au