Melissa Peacock is a Visual & Community Artist who was born in Ararat in 1976 and grew up on a sheep and wheat farm in Regional Victoria.
Melissa is an Abstractionist , working with mixed media and organic materials.
Following her studies in Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hon) and Master of Arts, she has exhibited extensively in both Australia and the U.K and features in many private collections.
Melissa currently lives in Gladstone, Central Queensland with her husband Mark, their toddler son Edgar and dog Louie, where she runs her Community Arts business A Country Arts Practice.
Her own work explores and responds to the relationships that she has observed within and around her residence – it’s habitats, it’s occupiers.
The work invites the viewer into a dialogue via sensitive surfaces.Shapes and linear mark making are suggestive of objects or places, but a state of mind that implies a sense of distance or close examination – questioning the micro and the macro.Layers and textures appear diffused –as if viewed through gauze or in a memory dredged up in a haze.
Melissa has a strong connection with the Australian landscape, which is evident in all of her works since 1995.
1996-2021– Artist in Residence/Visual & Community Artist/Art Tutor
For the past 25 years, I have been coordinating and delivering Visual and Community Arts projects and workshops for all ages and abilities.
Education & Training2021 – Creative Recovery Network. Yeppoon Disaster Ready Regions Creative Recovery Training.2000-2003 – Master of Arts, Arts Academy. The University of Ballarat, Australia1995-1999 – Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) , The University of Ballarat, Australia
Projects/Employment2019-2021 Curator, Art-Port. Public Art Space at Gladstone Airport.2021 Community and Cultural Development Practitioner, CQ Fringe Festival2021 Guest Artist ‘Your Organic Gift’, Keppel Coast Art Workshop Series.2020-21 – Artist in Residence, Queensland Country Women’s Association. Tannum Sands Branch.2020 – Women Weaving. I contracted a member of the Gladstone Spinners and Weavers to teach myself and local arts worker weave techniques using organic material over a 3 month period.2020- CQRASN ‘At Home’ Artist in Residence Project. 2020 – ‘From the Ground Up’ on site artist residency at the Botanic Walk, Canoe Point. Tannum Sands.2019-2020. Online workshops in making organic art and a collaboration with local artist with disability, Ruby Lawler.2019- ‘Energy, Community, Sustainability’ Land Art Installation at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands in collaboration with artists with disability.2018-2019 – ‘World Community Arts Day’. Travelling community arts workshops over a 10 month period.2019 – Public art installation with students from Rosella Park Special Education School, Gladstone.2018 – Local Area Coordinator, NDIS2015 – 2018 – Senior Instructor for Adults with Disability2013-2015 – Project Coordinator & Guest Artist – Pompom Parade Australia. National Wool Museum2015 – Artist in Residence & Arts Tutor , Box Hill Community Arts Centre2009-2012 – Community Arts Worker. Upward Mobility Project, Edinburgh,Scotland.2007-2009 – Coordinator of Art & Craft Studio. Tiphereth. Edinburgh, Scotland
Selected Solo Exhibitions2015 – Box Hill Community Arts Centre. Box Hill, Victoria2015 – Town Hall Gallery,Hawthorn, Victoria.2012 – Eden Arts. Lakes District. England.2011 – Whitespace, Edinburgh, Scotland.2008 – Studio Art Edinburgh. Scotland.2005 – Gasworks Arts Park . Melbourne, Victoria, Australia2003 – The Post Office Gallery Ballarat. Victoria, Australia
Selected Group Exhibitions2019-2020 Martin Hanson Awards, GRAGM.2015 – ‘Alumination’. Art Gallery of Ballarat.2013 – Nillumbik Art Prize. Montsalvat. Eltham, Victoria.2009-2012 – Three Harbours Festival, Power Station Exhibit2009 – 10:30, Graduate Exhibition, Ballarat Arts Academy2005 – ‘Custom Made’ Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery2001- ‘Abstract’ – Convent Gallery, Daylesford2001 – ‘Better than Ten TV’s’ Span Galleries, Flinders Lane, Melbourne2001 –‘Hung, Drawn and Quartered’, The CUB Malthouse Gallery2001- ‘An Open Space Odyssey’, Ballarat Begonia Festival1999 – ‘What an Honour’, Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery1997 – “Unified Diversity’, Ararat Regional art Gallery1997 – ‘Six Assemblies’ The University of Ballarat1996 – ‘Paper works’, Art Gallery of Ballarat
Grants & Awards2020 Artist in Residence, Tough and Tender Beauty CQRASN2019 & 2020 Gladstone Area Water Board, Micro Environmental Grant2019 -2020 Recipient of Gladstone Regional Arts Development Fund2019 & 2020 Take pART, Act One and Two. Regional Arts Development Fund.2019 x 2 Fitzroy Basin Association Community Bursary2019 – Santos GLNG Community Investment Program Sponsorship2013 – Finalist, Nillumbik Prize2006 – Villa Maria Travelling Scholarship for research in Community Arts and Arts in Disability. 6 weeks in UK.1997 – Timken Acquisition Award, Ballarat Winter Festival1997 – David Pratt Award (Best Drawing), The University of Ballarat