Melanie King // Biography

Melanie King is an artist and curator with a specific focus on astronomy.  She is co-Director of super/colliderLumen Studios and the London Alternative Photography Collective.  Melanie is currently studying towards a practice based PhD in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (see Melanie's research blog here). She is a graduate of the MA in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins and the BA Fine Art at Leeds Art University. Melanie is an external member of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Melanie is also a member of ITACCUS, the Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space.

Melanie's inaugural solo exhibition "First Light" was held at Leeds Art University in 2017. Melanie held first London-based solo show "Ancient Light" at the Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London in January 2018. She has exhibited in group shows at The Photographers' Gallery, Argentea Gallery, Guest Projects, Space Studios and the Sidney Cooper Gallery. Melanie has also exhibited in a wide range of international galleries, such as the Williamson Gallery in Pasadena, CAS Gallery in Osaka, Japan and Unseen Amsterdam.  Melanie regularly participates in international residencies to develop aspects of her practice,  most recently the SIM Residency in Reykjavik in Iceland.

Melanie has been involved in a number of large scale commissions. These commissions include a giant eclipse installation at Green Man Festival with Lumen Studios and large scale cyanotypes with the London Alternative Photography Collective. She has also worked with Louise Beer to curate the Museum of Sleep at Citizen M Hotel, in association with Bompas and Parr and super/collider. Recent commissions include Design Miami, Mayes Creative and Vivid Projects.

Melanie regularly presents her work at conferences, universities and galleries. Notable venues include the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Photographers' Gallery, TATE Exchange, Art Center Pasadena, International Space University: Space Studies Programme, University of the Arts Helsinki, The European Geosciences Conference: Vienna, London College of Communication, London LASER: Central Saint Martins, London South Bank University, Kosmica: Mexico, Kosmica: Paris, Helsinki Photomedia, Second Home, Soho House, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Uncertain States and Photoforum.

Melanie also organises participatory workshops in relation to her practice. She has developed workshops for the TATE Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery, TATE Exchange, the Institute of Physics, East Street Arts, Kosmica: Mexico, SALT Festival: Norway,  London College of Communication Short Courses,  Photofusion, Phytology, Hackney Arts, Ditto Press and Brighton Photo Biennal. 



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