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. 


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