Margie Mackay has been appointed the Artistic Director of the premier Geelong extreme arts event, Mountain to Mouth 2018 (M~M2018).
M~M is an 80 kilometre contemporary extreme arts walk that extends from the You Yangs, through the industrial heart of Geelong, traversing the Borough of Queenscliffe before arriving at the mouth of the Barwon River at Barwon Heads. It acknowledges all ancestors who have walked this land, in particular Wadawurrung and Wathaurong traditional owners. It is dedicated to extreme art – art of any genre or cross art form, presented in outdoor locations and unexpected places.
M~M is also about community engagement. Walking, extreme art, and plantings of indigenous vegetation along the contemporary songline are three key, but not exclusive, means of public involvement.
Margie Mackay is known for utilising fire, projection, dance, and puppetry, and has considerable experience in delivering innovative and memorable large-scale artistic community projects, both in Australia and internationally.
Margie’s many highlights include several Opening Ceremonies for Melbourne International Arts Festival, and producing, directing, and production managing the artistic components of the live-televised Contemporary Ceremony: ‘Dreamtime at the G’, 2010 to 2013.
Margie is perfectly placed to extend founding Artistic Director Meme McDonald’s original vision, of M~M as an expression of place, and the vital role of artists in contributing to a clever and creative City of Greater Geelong.
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