Mountain to Mouth 2018 comes to the Borough

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The 2018 Mountain to Mouth extreme arts walk is coming to the Borough of Queenscliffe on Saturday 5 May, with songline stations located at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre and Point Lonsdale Village Green.

Mountain to Mouth arrives in Drysdale on Saturday 5 May before travelling to songline station 9 at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre at Swan Bay. Station 9 is open between 12.30pm and 3.15pm and features ‘The Care Taker Is In – The Grounding’, an interactive experience by artist Dan Goronszy. For more information about Dan’s work, visit her website, www.dangoronszy.com. The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre’s usual activities are available free of charge while the station is open.

Station 10 at the Point Lonsdale Village Green is open from 1.50pm until 4.05pm featuring ‘In motion’, a project developed for the 2018 Mountain to Mouth event by Melbourne-based visual artist Beth Arnold. ‘In motion’ aims to interact with the temporal nature of the beachscape. The artwork focuses on a site where the land meets the sea, exploring this through sculptural processes. Check out Beth’s website, www.betharnold.com.au, to find out more about Beth’s extensive body of work.

Beth will hold free community workshops on Sunday 22 April and Monday 23 April, where she will lead participants through the making of plaster casts that capture the temporary marks, textures and traces created on the sand’s surface. The  plaster casts will form part of the installation on the Village Green.

Please contact Borough of Queenscliffe Arts Officer, Leanne Stein, at leanne.stein@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au or by phone on 03 5258 1377 if you would like to join one of these workshops. The workshops are open to all ages and will be held outdoors, so please come prepared with sun protective clothing, hat, raincoat and water bottle. Materials will be provided.

Beth Arnold acknowledges that the 2018 Mountain to Mouth event is being held on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people and pays respect to Elders past and present.

Canoe, the famous lead commission of Mountain to Mouth, arrives at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre with the walking procession at 2.00pm and departs at 2.45pm. Canoe and the walking procession will then travel via the Dog Beach car park and along the promenade to arrive at the Village Green at 3.20pm, departing for Ocean Grove at 3.40pm.

Queenscliff’s Tides of Welcome Soul and Gospel Choir will perform at station 9 and station 10, heralding Canoe’s arrival.

The entire walk covers 80 kilometres from the You Yangs to the Barwon Heads foreshore and is divided into 12 songline stations, each marked with an artwork commissioned specially for Mountain to Mouth. Walkers can choose to complete all or part of the walk, starting and finishing at any station. Registrations are now open at www.mountaintomouth.com.au. Gather your friends and family and join your local community to discover and uncover your connection to land.

For anybody who prefers a mixture of walking and relaxing, the Bellarine Railway will be offering old world rail travel with passenger pick ups at Queenscliff, Swan Bay and Drysdale stations. Train departure times, station locations and pricing information are available on the Railway’s website, www.bellarinerailway.com.au.

In the tradition of the Wadawurrung, the Mountain to Mouth arts walk creates a contemporary songline traversing the City of Greater Geelong and the Borough of Queenscliffe and brings together art, sport and community to connect with the land. This year’s theme is Earth.

Mountain to Mouth 2018 begins in the granite ranges of the You Yangs on Friday 4 May at 9.00am. The Gathering of the Elders Ceremony takes place at You Yangs Big Rock at 10.30am before Mountain to Mouth crosses the industrial heartland to arrive in Geelong at 9.30pm.

Mountain to Mouth will collide with Geelong After Dark, when Geelong will light up with spontaneous performances, music and art installations. Be a part of the action as Canoe is sung into Johnstone Park Rain Garden by choirs of people singing music composed by Dr Jonathon Welch AM.

On Saturday 5 May, Mountain to Mouth journeys across the Bellarine Peninsula, passing through the Borough on its way to the Barwon Heads foreshore, where the journey culminates in the final Gathering of the Elements ceremony at 6.00pm.

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