MA STUDIO

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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Storm Kitchen Talks

Cegin Storm Talks convened an online assembly of cooks, poets, geologists, growers, activists and artists to respond to 3 locations along the Mon & Brec canal – an artery of industrial expansion in South East Wales and now a designated heritage landscape. Conversations focused on forgotten colonial histories, food justice, telling stories the margins, deep time and commoning. 

Location: Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal 
Collaborators: Co-hosted with Owen Griffiths; artist commissions by Sadia Pineda Hameed and Beau W Beakhouse
Partners: Peak Cymru
Date: October 2020
Website: ahoiwhatgrows.com
talks programme, artist residencies & website