Mountain to Mouth 2014 is a biennial event sponsored by the City of Greater Geelong.
This site documents my time in an internship on the M~M2014 while student at Deakin University. I am a mature aged student with a background in primary education, music and theatre.
I am a third year student in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) program. Most of my art practice is based on my Geelong environment.
I have a particular interest in the industrial dockland area to the north, and in Corio Bay. This project coincided with announcements that three of Geelong’s largest heavy industries were under threat. Shell Refinery has now been sold, and there is something of a question mark about how the new owner will use the site. Ford is to close its Geelong car plant in 2016. Alcoa is currently winding up operations at Point Henry. The last workers are expected to be retrenched by late July.
My initial response to the Internship criteria
Application for Internship with City of Greater Geelong for the special event MtoM 2013.
Response to the criteria
Good general working knowledge of Arts and Culture
• Member of Geelong Art Gallery, NGV;
• Exhibited visual art at The Gordon, Deakin University, Etch Gallery and The Wintergarden;
• Long association with serious music and theatre in the Geelong and wider region – Geelong Chorale, other choirs, editor of The Choral Grapevine (newsletter for choirs in Western Victoria and South Eastern South Australia), soprano soloist in many major works, performer in local musical and repertory theatre; currently a soloist for Windfire Choir’s next performance http://www.musicatthebasilica.org.au/Music%20Festival/
• Many years producing musical and other events as a primary school teacher, music teacher and teacher librarian;
• Certificate I and III in Visual Arts and Contemporary Crafts at The Gordon Institute.
Able to participate and contribute to a creative process and outcome
• Many years of committee work for choirs – producing concerts, music librarianship, music selection, etc;
• Collaboration to produce and curate exhibitions – e.g. production of multi-venue joint exhibition in conjunction with UCI Cycling World Cup (part of Certificate III in Visual Arts and Contemporary Crafts).
Interest in the environment
• I am a keen cyclist – promoting cycling as sustainable transport;
• Many years of photography of natural, industrial and urban environments in the Geelong region;
• Background in botany;
• Art practice encompasses environmental photography, landscape and botanical art, with a conservation focus.
• I am currently coordinating the Cycling Geelong presence in the North Geelong Better Block event on Saturday March 15th. https://www.facebook.com/GeelongBetterBlock
Good verbal communication skills (essential) and people management skills (desirable)
• Many years of teaching. As a Senior Teacher I was responsible for many presentations to parents, managed Literacy and other assistants, part of the leadership team, collaborated with other staff etc;
• Many years on various committees – e.g. Cycling Geelong (current webmaster) http://www.cyclinggeelong.com.au.
Proactive and committed to achievement
• I have instigated many successful programs and events over the years – e.g. school events and training programs like talent quests, school musicals, cycling events Bike it Home! (mass bike ride for school students), On ya Bike! (a series of bike rides held annually in Seniors Month) – leading to ongoing weekly bicycle event which has now continued for over five years.
Able to work independently, within a team and with supervision
• As a teacher, I was always involved in teams, but also worked independently (e.g. in role as sole music teacher, teacher librarian). Often worked in team leadership roles.
• Committee work – e.g. Cycling Geelong, The Geelong Chorale, GAMA Council – roles include as President and Secretary.
Interest & enthusiasm for the M~M2014 and Geelong After Dark events
• Participation and The Geelong Chorale co-ordinator for the first Mouth to Mountain performance at Big Rock (Carry Memory – composed by Rose Bygraves)
• Cycling leader for the Limeburners Lagoon-Big Rock leg of the first Mouth to Mountain.
Experience in the outdoors
• Many years a cyclist, walker, photographer and, more recently, art in the open air (weekly sessions with other Deakin and ex-Deakin students).
Skills specific to the internship of choice:
Visual Arts/Photography – Design or visual arts experience, event planning capacity. (First preference)
Examples of Photography/artwork in my blogs
o http://helenewart.tumblr.com/ (includes some of my recent art works)
o http://geelongbybike.com/ (a website produced as part of Deakin unit ACM202 (Advanced Digital Practice) – this is a work in progress and will eventually be a resource of cycling routes all around the Geelong region.
o Computer skills with Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, MS Work, MS Powerpoint and MS Excel