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.
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
1988-1993 – Stawell Secondary College
Current – Business Owner, A Country Arts Practice.
2018 – Local Area Coordinator, NDIS
2015 – 2018 – Senior Instructor for Adults with Disability
2013-2015 – Project Coordinator & Guest Artist – Pompom Parade Australia with the National Wool Museum
2015 – Artist in Residence & Arts Tutor , Box Hill Community Arts Centre
2015 – Arts Tutor
2009-2012 – Upward Mobility Project, Edinburgh,Scotland – Community Arts Worker
2007-2009 – Tiphereth. Coordinator of Art & Craft Studio. Edinburgh, Scotland
1996-2019 – Artist in Residence/Community Artist/Art Tutor
For the past 20+ years, I have been running Arts programs and workshops within community and educational settings for all ages and abilities. Programs have been run for creative recovery, to connect with local communities or for those who wish to develop and/or explore their skills and within the Visual Arts.
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
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
2019 – Recipient of Gladstone Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Round One, 2018-19.
2019 – Fitzroy Basin Association Bursary
2019 – Santos GLNG Community Investment Program Sponsorship
2015 Largest Display of Handmade Sheep, Guinness World Records.
2015 Artist in Residence, Box Hill Community Arts Centre.
2013 – Finalist, Nillumbik Prize
2006 – Villa Maria Travelling Scholarship
1997 – Timken Acquisition Award, Ballarat Winter Festival
1997 – David Pratt Award (Best Drawing), The University of Ballarat