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. 


How to Build a Valley 

Mapping workshops, a festival of ideas, walks and an exhibition expanding the timeline of Treherbert into the deep past and future. Hosting conversations on climate, land ownership, empire and industry to imagine the potential of public public land surrounding the village. 

Location: Treherbert, Rhondda
Collaborators: Project Skyline, Peak Cymru, Owen Griffiths, Gloria Giambartolomei, Sakina Sheikh.
Date: Spring 2018 – Summer 2019 

Photos: Mike Erskine and Vaida Barzdaite 
festival, exhibition & workshops