Mountain to Mouth - Geelong’s extreme arts walk - was a glorious experience on May 6 -7, 2016. This was the second time we created the arts walk as a downhill journey along the 80 kilometre contemporary songline forming from the top of the You Yangs to the mouth of the Barwon River. M~M2016 was extreme, it was bold, it was innovative and it was blessed with two days of perfect autumn weather.
Geelong After Dark was a hit again in its second year. Approximately 10,000 people attended, resulting in 19,500 visits to individual GAD locations; a total of 247 artists participated; around 95 new art works were created specifically for the event on May 8th around the Geelong city centre. M~M created six delicious offerings developed with groups along the M~M contemporary songline. These creations are a taste of things to come at M~M2016. Dates are now confirmed - May 6th & 7th 2016.
M~M2014 is a 24 hour, 80 kilometre walk from the top of the You Yangs to the mouth of the Barwon River beginning on the afternoon of Friday May 9th and concluding the next day a dusk on May 10th 2014. From ancient rock waterhole at Big Rock, across grasslands under the night sky, then through industrial zones to the city centre and Geelong After Dark resting overnight to begin again at dawn beside parklands, across rolling farmlands,along ocean beach to river estuary and foreshore, this is an astounding arts events. M~M Walk connects people with land and with each other, embracing arts, environment, sport and community in its pathway. Meme McDonald - Artistic Director
Into The Light has become an annual community event at the Whittlesea Showgrounds to celebrate the coming of Spring. It began in 2011 in response to the bushfires that devastated the Kinglake Ranges and Whittlesea area. Into The Light provided a way for the community to look forward and welcome new growth. Meme was Artistic Director of the first Into The Light event. This video shows the essence of that first event and was made by artist Stefanie Robinson, Arts Project Coordinator, Community Cultural Development, City of Whittlesea.
"Inspiration for creating a contemporary ‘songline’ came from the land. It came in answer to the question of what connects us as a community? Starting thousands of years ago in Aboriginal cultures, songs and chants were created as a way of mapping this country, as a way of navigating from one place to another. The idea of an arts journey from the mouth of the Barwon River to the top of the You Yangs was inspired by this idea of mapping - connecting communities through performance, artwork, dance, music, visuals and stories. M~M 2009 was the journey made from dawn to dusk by over 2,000 people on May 9th, 2009 across the City of Greater Geelong and a team of artists with the ear and the insight for creating beauty in unknown spaces." Meme McDonald - Artistic Director
"1990 -1993 WADERBIRDS international arts science tour following the northern migration of the Eastern Curlew from Aotearoa New Zealand, across to Melbourne and then Broome, Australia and to Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan."