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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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Quite Suddenly Your Smile is an Architecture

An environment and event in a 2nd hand bookshop presenting the poetry and publishing projects of Jeff Nuttall, an artist who grew up in nearby Herefordshire. Nuttall’s self-published series My Own Mag was ‘a paper exhibition in words, pages, spaces, holes, edges and images’ and was exhibited with other publications in a structure borrowed from the plan of Bruce Lacey and Jeff Nuttall’s STigma environment, Better Books, London 1965.

Location: Broadleaf Books, Abergavenny 
Research: Henry Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship
Thanks: Jill Richards, Islwyn Watkins
Date: 2016
environment, exhibition and event