Meme McDonald

Meme McDonald

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.

Howard Hughes

Raft & Jetty Rig by Howard Hughes
Photo by Anne Buckley

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

M~M2009 Bird image by Liz Talbot
Photo by Bindi Cole

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.

Victoria Edgar

2014 Station 8 image by Victoria Edgar
Photo by Gloria van der Meer


Victoria Edgar is an award winning Australian artist and prolific maker of superbly crafted sterling silver and gold jewellery. Victoria specialises in bespoke, one off commissioned sculpture, jewellery and body sculpture (Bodiware) for weddings, formal occasions, films, theatre, haute couture, fashion parades and everyday wear - her designs are dramatic and show her distinctive flair for creating strong yet sensuous works of Art that come alive on the wearer.

Victoria Edgar was Story Vessel Artist for Brownbill Ward for M~M2009.


Danny Krivan

Photo by Gloria van der Meer


Danny Krivan came to Australia from New Zealand in 1990 and as a multi-instrumentalist has worked with numerous bands, as well as composing, recording and producing music of all types. He was first introduced to the connecting Identities project in 2009 as one of the contributing musicians and has gradually increased involvement writing and producing the music for both the Steam-Packet and Barwon Head events for Mountain to Mouth in 2016.


Tiffany Eckhart and Dave Steel

Tiffany Eckhart and Dave Steel


Tiffany Eckhardt, award winning singer/songwriter, has written and recorded seven successful independent releases. She has been adopted by the folk/roots, festival scene in Australia as a firm favourite, receiving rave reviews and radio airplay across the country. 

Dave Steel, Blues man, songwriter/producer and instrumentalist, has been writing songs and making albums for the past 20 years. He has also been an instrumentalist for many of Australia's best known artists including Weddings Parties Anything , Archie Roach, Kasey Chambers, and Kavisha Mazzella to name a few. He has earned himself a reputation of being one of our finest musicians.

2014 Album release: 'Big Big Sky'
Dynamic Trio of the Folk/blues/roots Australian music scene, this husband and wife team along with their bass player Sandy Brady, have recently released their brand new album 'Big Big Sky'. .... songs about life's journey, sometimes soulful and sentimental, sometimes just plain fun, along with their recently released ‘Best Of’ album, ‘Think About You’, featuring favourite songs and previously unreleased live tracks. For further information call Tiffany on 0409 896 877 or Dave on 0417 548 027.


Stephen Oakes

Story Collector

Stephen is a media artist based in the Geelong region whose film-making, soundscapes and musical compositions focus on young, marginalised and people with a disability. Stephen most recently was commissioned by the City Of Geelong to produce two new suites of stories for 'Memory Bank', exploring memories and place via audio stories and short films.

Malcolm McKinnon

Postcard image by Andrew Barkley
Artwork by Glenn Romanis


Malcolm McKinnon is an artist and filmmaker working mainly in rural communities. Over the past 15 years, his work has encompassed oral history, urban planning, public and community art projects and exhibitions. His current practice is mainly focused around documentary filmmaking and social history.


Manfred Pohlenz


Since graduating first from the Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide and then Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane, Manfred has been active as a performer, teacher, and conductor and is currently the Director of Music (Performance) at Kardinia International College, Geelong. Manfred has performed a number of principal roles since further studying in the USA with Daniel Ferro of the prestigious Julliard School of Music, New York City: Valentin, Fiorello, Dr Bartolo and Schiarrone (Opera Queensland), Papageno, Leporello, Silvio and Schaunard (Princeton Opera, USA), Zuniga (State Opera South Australia) and Miles Banter QC (Spring Festival Pt Fairy),Alfio (Melbourne City Opera). In addition, he has performed an extensive repertoire of Oratorio including: Messiah, Mozart C minor Mass, Mozart Requiem, Bach Weinachts Oratorium (Qld Choral Society), Faure Requiem, Bach Cantata No 82: Ich Habe Genug (Queensland State and Municipal Choir), Deutsches Requiem (University of Qld Choral Society) and Elijah (Princeton Choral Society), Haydn Stabat Mater (St Pauls, Geelong). Most recently, Manfred has performed with Melbourne Opera and Melbourne City Opera in productions including the highly acclaimed Barber of Seville (Dr Bartolo), Il Corsaro (Seid) (La Traviata (Germont Senior), Rigoletto (Title role) Madame Butterfly (General Bonz), Pearl Fishers (Zurga) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva).



Victoria Edgar

2009 Story Vessel for Brownbill Ward

Story Vessel Artist - Brownbill Ward

Victoria Edgar is an award winning Australian artist and prolific maker of superbly crafted sterling silver and gold jewellery. Victoria specialises in bespoke, one off commissioned sculpture, jewellery and body sculpture (Bodiware) for weddings, formal occasions, films, theatre, haute couture, fashion parades and everyday wear - her designs are dramatic and show her distinctive flair for creating strong yet sensuous works of Art that come alive on the wearer.

Jacinta Leitch

2009 Story Vessel for Cowie Ward

Story Vessel Artist - Cowie Ward

Jacinta Leitch found her passion for the arts very early and it outweighed other career choices, her only true ambition to become an artist. She studied Fine Art/Sculpture at RMIT for insight and technical skills and found inspiration in many facets of her life and surroundings, with the femininity and fluidity of her designs drawn particularly from her years as a dancer. Jacinta conducts workshops and private sculpting classes and her work is available through various galleries in the region. She enjoys the challenges of undertaking commission based projects both private and corporate.

Shelley Hannigan

Story Vessel for Deakin Ward

Story Vessel Artist - Deakin Ward

Shelley has been working as a visual artist since completing her first degree (BFA) in 1989. Her work is often described as metaphorical and common themes explored in her art have been ‘identity with place’ and ‘the transcient nature of life’. Over the years she has worked in the mediums of Painting, Mixed Media and Sculpture and has a particular interest in working with colour and pattern. She has also studied Art Therapy and Art Education at postgraduate level and has worked extensively in these fields.

I am keen to work with the community of Deakin Ward as an artist as I live in this area, spent years studying and working at Deakin University and have watched the ward change. I look forward to learning more, through talking to people who know this area in other ways.
— Shelley Hannigan

Rene Inei

2009 Story Vessel for Kardinia Ward

Story Vessel Artist - Kardinia Ward

I completed my T.O.P (Foundation Year in Art) at the Gordon in 1986 and then went on to finish a Bachelor of Arts (Applied Art) majoring in Sculpture at Deakin University, Warrnambool in 1990. This provided a solid foundation for my art practice. I now live and work in Maude and teach art and design locally. I am looking forward to working with the community of the Kardinia Ward interpreting their memories, thoughts and feelings into a sculptural form.