About

About Melissa:

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 residenceits habitats, its 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 diffusedas 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.

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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 & Training
2021 – Creative Recovery Network. Yeppoon Disaster Ready Regions Creative Recovery Training.
2000-2003 – Master of Arts, Arts Academy. The University of Ballarat, Australia
1995-1999 – Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) , The University of Ballarat, Australia

Projects/Employment
2019-2021 Curator, Art-Port. Public Art Space at Gladstone Airport.
2021 Community and Cultural Development Practitioner, CQ Fringe Festival
2021 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, NDIS
2015 – 2018 – Senior Instructor for Adults with Disability
2013-2015 – Project Coordinator & Guest Artist – Pompom Parade Australia. National Wool Museum
2015 – Artist in Residence & Arts Tutor , Box Hill Community Arts Centre
2009-2012 – Community Arts Worker. Upward Mobility Project, Edinburgh,Scotland.
2007-2009 – Coordinator of Art & Craft Studio. Tiphereth. Edinburgh, Scotland

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 – Box Hill Community Arts Centre. Box Hill, Victoria
2015 – 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, Australia
2003 – The Post Office Gallery  Ballarat. Victoria, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019-2020 Martin Hanson Awards, GRAGM.
2015 – ‘Alumination’. Art Gallery of Ballarat.
2013 – Nillumbik Art Prize. Montsalvat. Eltham, Victoria.
2009-2012 – Three Harbours Festival, Power Station Exhibit
2009 – 10:30, Graduate Exhibition, Ballarat Arts Academy
2005 – ‘Custom Made’ Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery
2001- ‘Abstract’ – Convent Gallery, Daylesford
2001 – ‘Better than Ten TV’s’ Span Galleries, Flinders Lane, Melbourne
2001 –‘Hung, Drawn and Quartered’, The CUB Malthouse Gallery
2001- ‘An Open Space Odyssey’, Ballarat Begonia Festival
1999 – ‘What an Honour’, Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery
1997 – “Unified Diversity’, Ararat Regional art Gallery
1997 – ‘Six Assemblies’ The University of Ballarat
1996 – ‘Paper works’,  Art Gallery of Ballarat

Grants & Awards
2020 Artist in Residence, Tough and Tender Beauty CQRASN
2019 & 2020 Gladstone Area Water Board, Micro Environmental Grant
2019 -2020 Recipient of Gladstone Regional Arts Development Fund
2019 & 2020 Take pART, Act One and Two. Regional Arts Development Fund.
2019 x 2 Fitzroy Basin Association Community Bursary
2019 – Santos GLNG Community Investment Program Sponsorship
2013 – Finalist,  Nillumbik Prize
2006 – Villa Maria Travelling Scholarship for research in Community Arts and Arts in Disability. 6 weeks in UK.
1997 – Timken  Acquisition Award, Ballarat Winter Festival
1997 – David Pratt Award (Best Drawing), The University of Ballarat