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. 


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
talks programme, artist residencies & website