Mel Galley

Studied in Manchester

Living in the Lakes

 

Contact melfrangalley@gmail.com

‘Through writing my practice examines our collective and individual interactions with cities and landscapes; as changing territories, as absurd creations, as spaces to think through. It is concerned with the subjectivity of the realities around us and asks the viewer to reconsider, however briefly, the places that they inhabit. The shift in my life from North Yorkshire and the Lake District - where I grew up- to living in Manchester (and back again) has fuelled this interest in the urban and rural environments we encounter everyday.

 

The writing often takes the form of prose poetry, though can be short stories, haikus, questions. Though the form is fairly familiar to the reader, in my practice I approach writing as an ‘expanded field’; equally the walk, the view, the conversation a part of the writing as it’s final text or the booklet it is held in.’ 

Artist Statement

Group Shows_

Nov 2020 _ Chain Mail _ Corridor 8
Invited writer for the North West with Katy Morrison & editor James Schofield

Aug 2020 _ ‘Off-Centre’ _ Pink MCR
Invited artist to contribute to digital group publication

Feb 2020 _ Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year _ Carlisle Institute of Art

Winner of Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year and invited to complete a residency with Eden Arts in 2021

Nov 2019 _ ‘The words that precede my mouth’ _ Soft Spot
Slow hung group show growing from conversations within the space on collaboration, writing, language and diagrams

Oct 2019 _ ‘MANUSCRIPT’ _ Manchester Art Fair
Curator and artist of the MANUSCRIPT stand, focusing on printed matter emerging from the Manchester School of Art

July 2019 _ Degree Show _ Manchester School of Art

March 2019 _ ‘Matters of Procedure’ _ Curated by Katy Morrison

Participating artist in week-long curatorial project, culminating in a show at the Side Gallery, first introduction to the concept of a ‘slow hang’ and how these discussions can benefit both the artists and the work

March 2019 _ Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year _ Carlisle Institute of Art Shortlisted Artist

Nov 2018 _ Doremi Residency _ Art Gene
Group residency based in Barrow-in-Furness, culminating in a group show

May 2018 _ ‘Syste, m a complicate’ _ Vernon Park Museum

Invited artist to group exhibition on ‘writing as art’

May 2018 _ ‘Two glasses of red and an exhibition guide’ _ Deaf Institute

Participating artist in performance based group show

May 2018 _ ‘Unquiet Landscapes’ _ Plant Noma

Curator and participating artist

April 2018 _ ‘Perambulate’ _ Vertical Gallery

Participating artist

March 2018 _ ‘The Dream Committee’ _ curated by Andrew Hunt

Participating artist

Jan 2018 _ ‘Testing Ground’ _ Curated by Tom Emery

Participating artist

Publications & Digital Presence_

November 2020 / another [...] zine / independent

Launch of the first issue of a [...] z with a film fanzine focused on Eternal Beauty by Craig Roberts

Nov 2020 / Chain Mail Issue 3 / Corridor 8
Invited writer for the North West with Katy Morrison & editor James Schofield

Aug 2020 _ ‘Off-Centre’ _ Pink MCR

Invited artist to contribute to digital group publication

July 2020 / Dark Sands / BBC Radio Cumbria

Poem aired during the poetry segment on BBC Radio Cumbria as part of Upload Festival

July 2020 / Dark Sands / Louder Than The Storm

Poem featured on environmental collective website

June 2020 / Motifs of a City / Wildfell Zine

Contribution to digital zine

June 2020 / The City Builds / Wildfell Zine

Contribution to digital zine

August 2019 / 'but what happened in the summer?' / Bodleian Library Oxford

Artist book held in the collections of the Bodleian Library, Oxford

August 2019 / 'untitled' / Bodleian Library Oxford

Artist book held in the collections of the Bodleian Library, Oxford

Education & Employment_

Manchester School of Art _ Fine Art BA(Hons) _ First Class

Leeds College of Art _ Extended Diploma in Art & Design _ Distinction

Kendal College _ BTEC Diploma in Photography _ Merit

MMU English Literature Department _ Research Assistant to Dr David Cooper _ 2018

MMU Politics Department _ Research Assistant to Dr Adi Kuntsman _ 2019

Symmetry CGI _ Furniture and CGI Designer _ 2014 - Present

 

MSOA Outreach Team _ Assistant _ 2018 - 2019