Photos: student kayak workshop with Zahidah

Zahidah ran a successful workshop with school students on Thursday 18 November 2021. 

Zahidah instructing students from the kayak

The nine Year 11 students from Thomas Carr College, along with three teachers, joined Zahidah on kayaks through the mangrove forests in Victoria.

The workshop is about a two hour trip: 20 minutes to kayak around the mangroves, then stop in a sheltered spot within the mangroves, then to sketch the scene using watercolour technique.  The aim of the workshop is to create a bond between the kayaker (student) and the mangrove trees by sketching them and to build greater understanding of the mangrove forests in Victoria, Australia.

For more details about workshops, please open this link: https://zahidahart.com/workshops/.

Workshop Alert! Paint from a kayak in the mangroves

Here is an exciting opportunity to be led via kayak into the secret gardens of the mangrove wetlands by our experienced kayaker and watercolour artist / Curator Zahidah Zeytoun Millie.

Sunday 15 August, Lake Conneware, Barwon Heads.

Please contact Zahidah directly on mangrovesfromthewater@gmail.com to book your spot.

Spaces are limited and we have 2 extra kayaks to use, thanks to the NBC school !

Workshop and Events schedule

Exhibition dates are 11 – 18 August.

The official opening is on Saturday 14 August .

You can still view the list of events to make your choices to attend…booking details remain the same!

PLEASE DO VIEW THE FLYERS BELOW FOR THE NEW DATES FOR EVENTS BY Richard Collopy, Jacqui Dreessens and Nicola Cerini

The booking and contact information is mentioned next to each activity!

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:
https://anchor.fm/zahidah-zeytoun-millie/episodes/Masainakum-Masoonah-ee1gjq/a-a2s1ktq

Nicola Cerini tells her mangrove discovery story

In the build up to our upcoming exhibition (26 July!), we check in with some of our participating artists on how they are preparing their works.

This story from Nicola Cerini about her inspiration and work process is particularly enjoyable:

— “The work was inspired by a couple of fun kayaking trips through the Mangroves at Barwon Heads in Victoria with all the artists in 2019 and 2020 arranged by the curator Zahidah. Despite getting pretty wet in my leaky kid-size kayak on my first trip I went back for more. On the next trip in a grown-up sized kayak I managed to take lots of photos which helped me decide how I wanted to represent what I’d seen. It’s such a unique ecosystem down there in the Mangroves. I had no idea the Barwon Heads Mangroves were there until I became involved in this project. In my early twenties I spent some time on Lizard Island in far north Queensland and also on the mainland and was fascinated by these murky mysterious landscapes that came and went with the tide. I’d always associated Mangroves with a tropical climate so it was exciting to find that we had our own cold climate Mangroves very close to home. 


I was drawn to the various textures and layers from the water, up through the muddy root systems that almost reached the low lying branches of the large Mangrove trees. There were beautiful light spaces filtering through the branches often creating silhouettes and bands of horizontal colours in the distance representing the sky and banks of green brackish friendly plants. The contrast of the solid ancient Mangrove trunks against the delicate leaf and flower silhouettes was striking. Looking into these landscapes was like exploring a new world, exciting!

My work will be printed on linen and there will be two pieces, both 1.4 x 2m.–

A photo of the mangroves taken by Nicola from her kayak
Here is a sneak peek of a close up detail of one of Nicola’s artworks inspired by the mangroves which she will present at the Mangroves from the Water exhibition
Here is a short video by Nicola in her studio..

Mangroves from the Water opens on 26 July 2021, Gordon Gallery, Geelong, Victoria, Australia