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Melissa Appleton is an artist, producer and creative director based in the Black Mountains, South East Wales.

With a background in architecture, Melissa’s work responds to place – combining environments, live events, sound and other elements into an expanded form of sculpture.

Since 2015 Melissa’s work has focused on developing site-responsive programmes with community, land and environmental partners. 
Melissa is currently creative director at Peak Cymru an arts organisation working with young people, artists and rural communities. 

Between 2008-12 Melissa co-directed Post Works, a collaborative architecture studio with Matthew Butcher – making environments for dance and live performance. 

Melissa taught at the Ruskin School of Art between 2011-19 and has also taught on art and architecture courses at the Royal College of Art, The Bartlett (UCL) and Nottingham University. 

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Hinterlands Wales 

A programme of artist-led commissions, research and community structures on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal featuring a floating art school Performance Butty, a habitat creation project Pont-y-Ddol and Ahoi! What Grows Here, a proposal for a slow food highway. 

Location: Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal 
Collaborators: Owen Griffiths, Ella Gibbs, Sam Makumba, Stefhan Caddick, Rebecca Chesney. 
Partners: Peak Cymru & Glandwr Cymru 
Date: 2018 – 2021 
Website: ahoiwhatgrows.com
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