Local Communities Come Together to create contemporary songlines on the Bellarine
Posted 26 April 2018
Mountain to Mouth, the multi-award winning arts walk will pass through Drysdale, Swan Bay, Pt Lonsdale Village, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads from 10:30am to 6.00pm Saturday 5 May 2018.
Mountain to Mouth begins the 80km journey Friday morning 4 May from the You Yangs, crossing the industrial heartland of Geelong before arriving in the City Centre to collide with Geelong After Dark, a night of edgy and unexpected arts.
At dawn on Saturday 5 May, the journey will follow the Barwon River through rolling Bellarine farmland, along the coast to reach the Barwon Heads river mouth at sunset for a beautiful closing ceremony.
The Ocean Grove community, including the Ocean Grove Harriers, students, teachers and artists of all persuasions have embraced the event to add their own local voice.
Canoe, the lead ephemeral art work of Mountain to Mouth is a creation of respected Ocean Grove artist Kerrie Bedson, in collaboration with award-winning multimedia artist Leslie Pearson (USA).
Both artists are inspired by nature to explore themes of memory and identity in the context of the 2018 theme, Earth. The materials used by Bedson and Pearson will guide the form and function of Canoe and will be utilised to create a sculpture of beauty and strength.
“The beautiful dark and edgy design of Canoe, reflecting the 2018 theme of Earth, will create a visceral response in the Mountain to Mouth audience. It melds beauty and fragility with a haunting reminder of our mortality and the imminent threat to our planet” Artistic Director Margie Mackay
Our Star of the Sea Ocean Grove students, lead by teacher Helen Stevenson, are creating lanterns that will be a part of the magical lantern parade in Gathering of the Elements, the final ceremony, at Barwon Heads. Jebediah singer/musician Kevin Mitchell (aka Bob Evans) will help with the wrangling of Ocean Grove choirs and the dance component of the three main ceremonies has been co-ordinated by Ocean Grove local Tara Lynch.
The passion with which Ocean Grove has embraced Mountain to Mouth is a testament to the power of community-led art.