Cinnamon’s Art.

Cinnamon’s Art – a woman who welds!!! Born into an artistic family, Cinnamon Stephens has been living off her creative metalwork for over 20 years. “I loved the fact that not many women welded, plus the magic of watching metals fusing together through my goggles, it was love at first sight!”


Born and raised in Geelong, Cinnamon began her metalworking journey by studying at Ballarat University. Here she not only achieved her Bachelor of Arts degree, but won the inaugural travelling scholarship. “The European sculpture parks, galleries and art studios I found and experienced during that trip still influence me to this day…”

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The Barwon Blog, Jo

Out with the oars and the Alice,

And homeward let us glide

Up with the brisk south-easter,

Up with the swirling tide:

The Barwon Heads and the ocean

Soon shall we leave astern,

And the hills with the wattle waving

Over the crimson fern —    © James Lister Cuthbertson.

Poetry features in the Barwon Blog published by Jo Mitchell. The Barwon Blog is about anything and everything to do with Barwon River. Geelong resident and founder of the Barwon Blog, Jo Mitchell, completed a science degree at Monash University followed by a PhD.  A keen and active supporter of the ecology and history of the Barwon River area, Jo is also interested in science, art and sport.  In art, her preferred medium is mosaic, an interest she practices and exhibits at Fyansford mosaic studio.

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Through the Barwon Blog Jo has documented photos and information of the Barwon River region, from ‘mountain to mouth’, including activities she has participated in along the river.   Jo’s photos while running, walking and riding along the river and a variety of related information about birds, plants and trees are fascinating.

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Artist, Joshua

At 24, Joshua Maxwell de Hoog is already a prolific artist and business owner in Geelong. He has been creating and presenting his artwork and photography for six years, and since then has branched his artistic wings to any medium he can find, including sculpture. Joshua’s inspiration is drawn from growing up around highly compassionate people, he says. His father was a pastor, and his mother volunteered in the community. “Being generous creates and gives back.”


With an undoubtable passion for the arts in Geelong, Joshua encourages budding artists to get out there.  When asked what advice he would give to emerging artists in Geelong, he replied that “The most important thing is that you don’t work for a sale – produce work for the sake of making work. The world has plenty of commercial art, but the world doesn’t yet have you.”

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Tournament of Minds, Peter

“I don’t know how to describe how enjoyable the experience was…” “I learnt so many valuable life lessons”, reflections sent to Geelong Director of Tournament of Minds, Peter Lamb. Teams of seven mixed year-level students around Australia and overseas are about to embark on a 6-week journey to come up with a creative solution to an open-ended challenge in one of four disciplines. It’s called ‘Tournament of Minds.’


Judges Required! There are primary and secondary divisions for each challenge category, the groups are judged by panels of three judges with relevant but diverse backgrounds. Typically, between 30 and 40 judges are needed on tournament day. The key requirements as a judge are knowing how to be supportive of the students, to be able to give positive and constructive feedback, and to be able to recognise originality and creativity.  Some training is given but new judges are always placed with experienced judges. It is a rewarding role, working with the future leaders of our community.

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GLOBE, Steve

A world leading Geelong-based research group is showing the world how to win the fight against childhood obesity by working with local communities. “Our proven strategy is to empower the community to make a difference. We’ve found our model works, we have data showing success and our approach is now rolling out to help communities solve a variety of complex social problems including substance abuse, climate change, suicide and community health planning.

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“The exciting thing is we’ve seen real change where the whole community is working together to tackle childhood obesity. These communities are taking the lead; I want you to look them up, share their ideas and spread the great message.”

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The Streets’ Barber, Nasir

Cutting hair for the homeless – We are thrilled to announce that @The Street’s Barber will be giving a talk and demo cut at the Humans in Geelong Expo on Sunday 7th of October. PLEASE SHARE! Nasir Sobhani, also known as ‘The Streets’ Barber,’ has earned his affectionate title spending his time taking to Melbourne and Geelong’s streets offering free haircuts and shaves to the homeless and less fortunate. His inspirational story of compassion and generosity has received significant attention globally. Nasir was also one of the five to be profiled as part of the Kenneth Cole Courageous Class Campaign in New York, celebrating individuals who have overcome obstacles in life to become inspiring role models.

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He is an inspirational speaker certain to motivate and encourage all those who encounter him to find their own purpose.

Nasir has an exceptional manner of connecting marginalised people with the greater community. Providing a ‘voice to the voiceless,’ he shares the unique stories of the homeless he encounters on social media platforms reaching far and wide.

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Pivot City Innovation District

“We’re bringing 1,900 new smart economy jobs to Geelong with the creation of the Pivot City Innovation District. It started in 2013 when Cameron Hamilton developed a plan to transform the Federal Mills from dilapidated textile factory into a tech-park. Since then, it has become a melting pot that celebrates start-ups, incubators, entrepreneurs and growing businesses.

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We’ve created an inspirational collaborative, community and a space for outstanding events like the Pivot Summit that brought Steve Wozniak to Geelong.” Now alongside Andrew Hamilton, the Geelong brothers are expanding on the existing success and increasing demand to add re-developments of the waterfront Power Station and former Pilkington Glass Factory to create the Pivot City Innovation District. Humans in Geelong had the pleasure of meeting Property Developers, Cameron and Andrew Hamilton at the launch celebrating Geelong’s listing as a City of Design by UNESCO.

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