Scenes on the Yarra

  • 28th February 2016
Scenes on the Yarra

Scenes on the Yarra @ Williamstown Interdisciplinary site-specific and landscape performance maker, Jeminah Alli Reidy has developed this project to work with artists and communities along the Yarra River to create art on the banks of the river that responds to the intrinsic qualities of the site.

Convicts were set ashore from great hulks moored in Port Phillip Bay to work in the quarries at this site at Williamstown. Hard work and poverty summarises this local working class community. Once referred to as “Dog Town” for the stray dogs that roamed the streets, Williamstown is now a prestigious Melbourne address. The indigenous custodians of this land have always known the value of this area, when swamp lands and large open sandy bays were the breading grounds of eels, fish, turtles, geese and brolga.

This will be a fabulous opportunity to experience and witness all that this site offers through art and performance. The audience will be lead on an extended walk (2km’s approx. one way) starting at Seaworks with our destination at Point Gellibrand. The community bus will be available for the return journey.

Listed below are the artists that will be involved:

Alicia Fernandez- Costume Designer

Ashley Hughes- Puppeteer

Dagmara Gieysztor- Installation Artist

Di Cunningham- Installation/Physical Artist

Rebecca Page- Dancer

Robin Waters-Sound Installation

Simon Oats- Storyteller

Seren Rose- Physical Performer

Stefanie Robinson- Sculptor

Sheri Mahkota- Performer

Tim Denshire Keys- Sculptor

Vivienne Halat- Physical Performer

This project has been kindly sponsored and supported by Hobsons Bay City Council, Yarra Riverkeepers, Melbourne Water and Seaworks.


“The audience of 200 were enthralled, bemused and delighted by the show that ran for

two hours” “There was a sense of connection to the place that was inspiring and

refreshing” Stephen Reynolds, Warrandyte Diary 2013


Scenes on the Yarra @ Williamstown

VENUE: Meet at Seaworks, 82 Nelsons Place, Williamstown.

DATE: Sunday 28th February

TIME: 2pm (2 hours approx.)

COST: Free Event, No booking necessary, All Ages, Please no dogs.

For all media enquiries, please contact Jeminah Reidy, 0414 419 182,