Mangroves from the Water Exhibition photos

It’s with great pleasure that we are able to share these images with you from our official opening on Saturday 14 August 2021.

Thanks to the Gordon Gallery, the City of Greater Geelong, Sharjah Institute of Heritage, , the Barwon Estuary Project and Humans of Geelong for their support in realising this show.

The opening began with a Welcome to Wadawurrung Country by Elder Nikki McKenzie, supported by Norm Stanley on the didgeridoo; a ceremony we all acknowledged as befitting the themes and depth of our project and our regard for the mangrove landscape. 

We were honoured that Libby Coker MP officially opened the event and we’re grateful for her important words and interest in our project.

Curator Zahidah Zeytoun Millie acknowledged the support of our partners and introduced the work of our 13 artists, all focused on raising awareness of the beauty and importance of mangroves.

To Peter Martin, thank you for presenting the opening oration so eloquently.

The afternoon gave our 50 visitors (we were restricted by Covid 19!) a fascinating range of perspectives that included a human element in addition to the multi media artwork.  Choreographic artist Jacqui Dreessens performed a sensorial interpretation of mangroves in dance with video, and Richard Collopy presented a passionate talk on a traditional owner’s perspective of mangroves.  Viewers were enthralled by the depth of thought and detail presented in the multi media Mangroves from the Art exhibition. 

We are very grateful to everyone who came out to support us, especially during this difficult time with lockdowns.  We were sad to miss a few of the artists not being able to attend – some stuck locally (Nicola Cerini and Kerrie Taylor), and some abroad (Geraldine Chansard in Belgium, Stephanie Neville in the UAE and Alexis Gambis in France).

Credit for all images goes to photographer Phil Hines.  Our thanks to MC Daniel Zeytoun Millie.

Listen to our podcast! Masainakum Masoonah

Mangroves from the Water curator, team leader and artist Zahidah Zeytoun Millie runs a podcast called Masainakum Masoonah – an Arabic saying meaning “Good evening to you, Good evening to us”

Zahidah in her radio studio at Pulse FM, Geelong Australia

In this week’s episode, Zahidah chats to Jacqui Dreessens from their kayaks in Barwon Heads!

Jacqui is a dancer/choreographer participating with a much anticipated performance at the Mangroves from the Water exhibition, 26th July in Geelong.

Listen to the podcast here:

Happy International Mangroves Day!

‘Mangroves from the Water’ is a group multimedia art exhibition that would have been opening today in Geelong, Australia, to celebrate the Mangroves Day 26 July,
Due to the Corona virus pandemic the exhibition has been postponed to 26 July, 2021.
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In celebration of the upcoming Mangroves Day, ‘Mangroves from the Water’ committed International artist Stephanie Neville has designed our poster.
In collaboration with the Mangroves Fosters Community, Ocean Tree Studio (Maya Greven) in Florida who have designed a poster for the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.
Mangroves Foster Community



Mangroves from the Water artists and quest speakers are  artists are:

Alexis Gambis, Nicola Cerini, Enrico Santucci,  Deb Taylor, Richard Collopy, Jacqui Dreessens, Geraldine Chansard, Helen and Peter Martin, Malcolm Gardiner, scientist Oskar Serrano and Zahidah Zeytoun Millie


We are all excited to share this special day with fellow international eco-warriors passionate about the preservation of the mangroves!

Introducing Malcolm Gardiner

We are proud to collaborate with Malcolm Gardiner, the president of the Land and Water Resources Otway Catchment (LAWROC).

Malcolm Gardiner at Big Swamp
Malcolm Gardiner at Big Swamp, a former wetland that was turned into an acid soil wasteland.
Photo courtesy of ABC South West Vic: Matt Neal     Available at

LAWROC is a Landcare group which is actively involved in Barwon fighting for the protection on the Victorian Wetlands, specifically rivers and creeks in part of the Otways, south of Colac.

The desire to leave this world in a better shape than it has been found has been my major driving force.  A lack of truth, honesty and integrity from those authorities left with the task of looking after the world of the future has also been a driving force behind trying to look after at least one small area of the planet. – Malcolm Gardiner

Malcolm recently appeared on The Sustainable Hour and you can listen to the interview here:

He will participate in the Mangroves from the Water exhibition in Geelong, by displaying his books and hosting special talks. More information will be shared soon!




Announcement from our curator Zahidah

I am happy to announce about the multimedia ‘Mangroves from the Water in Geelong’ exhibition to open on the Mangroves Day, 26 July, 2020 at the Gordon Gallery, Deakin University, Waterfront.
The Mangroves from the Water project members believe that through their art they can build awareness of the importance of protecting this important natural ecosystem.

Art has a power to inform any culture about ideas that matter.

The project members approach the theme with a fascinating range of media: painting, short film, textile, sculpture, performance dance, performance music and an art installation. The mangrove artists and our quest speakers will present a fascinating approach to celebrating the wonders of this unique habitat through art and science.

More information about the exhibition and artists involved to be announced by May 2020.

Do tune in to Masainakum Masoonah on 94.7FM The Pulse, where I will interview participating artists in July!

Zahidah Zeytoun Millie

A glimpse into the creative development process of Jacqui Dreessens

It is always interesting to know how artists/performers derive at their final works. We thank Jacqui for giving us a glimpse into her creative process, translating the inspiration from the natural mangrove environment by using images and words and ultimately transforming it into a physical dance performance.

Jacqui in the mangroves

Writing poetry about the Ecology of Place is vital for Jacqui’s dance making process. To begin to describe her sense of place, Jacqui uses verbs, adverbs, adjectives and alliteration.


This helps to unpack her experience from being in and amongst the mangroves while floating in a kayak. These words become the launching pad for movement improvisations in the dance studio.

Seeing inwards
Feeling downwards
Breathing outwards
Growing skywards

Jacqui develops the bodily shapes and movement transitions based on the mangroves, expressing her sensory experiences and memories through the physical bodily form.


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