Artistic Director

Artistic Direction 2018

M~M 2018 pays homage and respect to those who have gone before; those ancestors and luminaries - the trail blazers who have brightened our paths.  With the recent passing of founding artistic director Meme McDonald (stellar extreme-art and culture maker) the M~M 2018 Contemporary Songline will continue Meme’s legacy creating ‘extreme arts’ from the intimate to the monumental across the 80 km trek.

This year’s theme is EARTH

In deeply honouring our many connections to earth and each other, ‘extreme’ art is conceptualised as 'experiences of slow' in a walk of contemplation, remembrance, and joyous celebration. 

Earth is dynamic and living. It is dust motes and rocks, sand and streaming lava, it is a ritual element, a home to plants and animals, it makes paint for our bodies, is a medium for our crops - the ultimate life giver - as a celestial body it is our own blue fragile planet. 

Earth is that which sustains us, that which nourishes us, and that which heals us. In spite of warnings from science and our own senses, we have allowed the Earth to warm to dangerous levels, and yet we continue to consume resources with little recognition of the ever looming threat.

Given our vital and inextricable relationship to this humblest of elements, and our home, how might we reimagine and equip ourselves to face the immensity of our changing climates - the “new climactic regime?”

In walking the land together, through song and extreme art interventions, we pay respect, sing life and build memories into our communities and our selves, in a salute to our home - the Earth - championing and committing ourselves to her healthy survival.

Margie Mackay, Artistic Director M~M2018

Founding Artistic Director

Vale - Meme McDonald

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Meme McDonald, the founding Artistic Director of the Mountain to Mouth journey, who died on Saturday 23rd December 2017.

Meme has worked with the City of Greater Geelong with great vision and breath-taking creativity as the Artistic Director for the very first pilot M~M in 2009 and then the 2014 and 2016 iterations and other M~M projects. 

Meme was renowned nationally and internationally for her extraordinary work as an epic outdoor arts director but she is also an acclaimed author who has won many awards as a writer.

We will miss her terribly as will many members of our arts community who have had the opportunity to further their own artistic concepts and practice solely due to Meme’s generosity, skill and impeccable artistic vision.

Vale Meme.  Your memory and legacy lives on.

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.

Ceremony Artists

Ceremonies are held at strategic points along the sonline. Artists for the ceremonies will be announced closer to the event.

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 80 kilometre 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