CV - MELANIE KING

SUMMARY

Multi-Disciplinary Artist. Originally from Manchester, now based in Ramsgate, Kent, UK.

Founding Director: London Alternative Photography Collective & Lumen Studios

Co-Director: super/collider

Lecturer in Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Represented by Land Art Agency.

Artist In Residence at the School of Metallurgy and Materials at The University of Birmingham, UK, from February 2021 to July 2022. 

EDUCATION

PhD Fine Art, Royal College of Art, 2015 - 2022.

MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins, 2011 - 2013.

BA Fine Art, Leeds Art University, 2008 - 2011.

EXHIBITIONS

See Exhibitions Page here.

AWARDS

Arts Council England Project Grant for "Precious Metals", 2021.

Royal Academy of Engineering. Ingenious Public Engagement Grant, 2021.  (With Leah Nani Alconcel, University of Birmingham) 

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Trust, 2021.

Arts Council England Emergency Covid 19 Grant, 2020.

South East Creatives Grant, 2020.

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Trust, 2019.

Grantham Art Prize, Imperial College London, 2019.

Threshold Award, Metro Imaging, 2018.

Royal College of Art, Conference Funding Award, July 2018.

London College of Communication, Research Funding Award, March 2017

COMMISSIONS

ITV Creates Ident Commission. Aired February 2021.

Submerged Landscapes, Mural, 2021. Supported by Mozilla Foundation. 2021.

Back To Nature, Imperial Lates Online, (super/collider), 2020.

Ultra, ArtxScience, Imperial College London, Kings College London and the Royal College of Art, London, 2020.

Trajectories III, Watermans Gallery, London, 2020.

Museum of Freemasonry, London, (Lumen), 2020.

EU Science Hub, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, 2019.

Margate Film Festival, 2019

Bow Arts, 2018

Mayes Creative, 2018.

Vivid Projects (Lumen), 2018

On Bubbles, COS Stores & Design Miami, 2017

Green Man Festival (Lumen), 2017

Developed In Birmingham, 2017

Aries On The Horizon (Lumen), British Science Association, 2017

Chelsea Flower Fringe, June 2016

On Light, World Record Cyanotype, The Wellcome Trust, May 2015.

RESIDENCIES

School of Metallurgy and Materials, The University of Birmingham, UK, Feb 2021 to July 2022

Climate Breakdown Residency, SPACER, Ramsgate, UK, July 2021 - Oct 2021.

The Fish Factory, Cornwall, UK, October 2020.

Space-Earth-Space, Field Notes: The Heavens, BioArtSociety, Kilpisjärvi, Finland, September 2019.

Exchange of the Light, XYZ Books, Lisbon, June 2019

Tombolo, Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork, Ireland. May 2019.

Joya: Arte & Ecologia, April 2019

Bow Arts, Raw Labs, October 2018 - February 2019

Resonances, EU Commission, Ispra, Italy. June 2018.

SÍM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland, February 2018

Whitechapel Gallery, November 2017 - January 2018.

Laboratory of Dark Matters, Guest Projects, April 2017

Royal College of Art Merz Barn Residency, February 2017

Kielder Observatory, February 2017 (Supported by LCC Research)

The Story Of Light, Goa, India, January 2015

Foyle Foundation Residency, Four Corners Film, London, UK, December 2014.

The Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs, UK, 2014

MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, Oxford University, UK, 2012.

SCREEN APPEARANCES

ITV Creates Ident Commission. Aired February 2021.

BBC4 Bauhaus Rules with Vic Reeves, January 2019.

She Takes The Night, Museum of London & Photofusion, June 2018.

TEACHING

BA Photography, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK, September 2021 - Present.

BA Photography, University of West London, UK, January 2019 - May 2021.

MA Fine Art Pathways, Royal College of Art, London, UK, January 2018 - Present.

GUEST LECTURES

Bath Spa University, Leeds Art University, Canterbury Christ Church University,  UCA Rochester, UCA Farnham, Plymouth University
London South Bank University, London College of Communication, Leeds University, Newcastle University
Central Saint Martins, International Space University: Space Studies Programme, Brighton University 
Royal College of Art: English for Academic Purposes Summer School, Winchester School of Art, The Margate School

MENTORSHIP, YOUTH AND VOLUNTARY WORK

Vaccination Advocate, St Johns' Ambulance, Thanet, 2021.
Mentor for Mural.co, Commissioned Emerging Artists, 2021. 
Arts Emergency Mentor, Thanet, 2020.
Workshops for Quarterdeck Youth Club Margate, Supported by Rebecca Vassie Trust, 2019.
Bow Arts, Artist In Residence and Mentor, 2018-2019.
Voluntary Youth Work, Openshaw Community Centre, Manchester. 2004 - 2006.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Biocolour - Exploring Sustainable Colour, Arktikum Science Centre, Rovaniemi, Finland, 14 October 2021. (Online)
Expanding Dialogues: Arts and Engineering, Brighton CCA, University Of Brighton, 02 October 2021. 
Ancient Light, Multiple Ecologies, Diverse Ontologies, University of Plymouth, 28-29 September 2021. (Online)
Ancient Light, Big Day Film Collective, Philadelphia, USA, 11 September 2021. (Online)
Light Talk, The Halide Project, USA, 28 June 2021. (Online)
On Cosmic Kinship, Arts & Health Hub Conference, 22 May 2021.  (Online)
Format International Photography Festival 2021, 12 March 2021. (Online)
A Day In The Life of A Brain Scientist and an Audio Visual Artist, Great Exhibition Road Festival, Imperial Lates, 17 November 2020. (Online)
New Materialism and Sustainable Photographic Processes, London Alternative Photography Collective, 10 September 2020. (Online)
Working Class Academics Conference, The Bureau Centre for the Arts Blackburn (Held Online), 14 - 15 July 2020. (Online)
The Art and Science of the Moon, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 14 - 15 November 2019.
Mayo Dark Skies Festival, Mayo, Ireland, 01 - 03 November 2019.
Culture-Space Research Network, Science Museum, 31 July 2019 - 01 August 2019.
The Power of The Collective, Chelsea College of Art, 16 April 2019
Material Witness, Courtauld Institute of Art, 22 March 2019
Astrophotography, Royal Museums Greenwich, 25 October 2018
Orbit, Arts and Culture, IAC, Bremen, Germany, 02 October 2018
The Astrologer That Fell Into A Well, Manpuku-ji Temple, Osaka, Japan, 9 September 2018.
Pasadena LASER, Art Center, Pasadena, California, USA, 23 July 2018
Into The Night Panel Discussion & Film, Photofusion and Museum of London, 22 June 2018
Stellar, Vivid Projects, Birmingham, 4 May 2018
Ancient Light, The Royal Photographic Society, V&A, 21 April 2018
Ancient Light, European Geosciences Union 2018, Vienna, 8 - 11 April 2018.
Pointed or Pointless? Recalibrating The Index, The Photographers' Gallery UK, June 2017
Making A Photograph: Alternative Photography, The Photographers' Gallery, UK, June 2017
Bubbles, Lapsody 2017, University of the Arts Helsinki, May 2017
Re-Animating Materiality through Sound, TATE Exchange, TATE Modern, UK, March 2017
Kosmica, La Colonie, Paris, France, March 2017
Pulsars & Visualisation, London Creative Networks, Space Studios, UK, January 2017
Sensing Space, Kosmica, Cosmovitral Jardín Botánico, Toluca, Mexico, October 2016.
Contemporary Arts Practice and Outer Space, IAC, Guadalajara, Mexico, September 2016
London LASER, Central Saint Martins, London, UK, May 2016
super/collider Living Photographs: Panel Discussion, Second Home, London, UK, April 2016
Helsinki Photomedia 2016, Aalto University, Finland, March 2016
Establishing & Sustaining Your Practice, Photofusion, London, UK, February 2016.
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany, February 2016
Sight, Ma_tt_er, London Design Festival, UK, September 2015.
First Light, Uncertain States Salon, Ziferblat Cafe, London, UK, September 2015.
The Photographer's Gallery, Careers Night, London, UK, July 2015.

SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Deep Time (Robert Macfarlane, Timothy Morton, Flora Bowden),  Online, Faith In Strangers Margate, December 2020. (super/collider)

Our Night Skies, Video Commission, Arts Council England (Lumen Studios), October 2020.

Light Reflections, Turner Contemporary, Margate, July 2020. (super/collider)

The Sustainable Darkroom Residency, Guest Projects, London, April and July 2020. (London Alternative Photography Collective)

Natural Light, AIR Gallery, Altrincham, November 2019 (Lumen)

Through The Looking Glass, Ugly Duck, October 2019 (Lumen)

The Photographic Object / Object-ivity, Offshoot Art Space, July 2019. (London Alternative Photography Collective)

Lumen X Mayes Creative Residency, Lizard Point, Cornwall, UK, March 2019 (Lumen)

Cosmic Perspectives, Ugly Duck, London, May 2018 (Lumen)

On Light Exhibition and Symposium, Chelsea College of Art, London, May 2018 (Lumen)

Stellar, Vivid Projects, Birmingham, April - May 2018 (Lumen)

Hyper Analogue, The Photographers' Gallery, November 2017 (London Alternative Photography Collective)

Making It Real: Analogue Festival, Ugly Duck, October 2017 (London Alternative Photography Collective)

Lumen Residency, Atina, Italy, 2014-2018. (Lumen)

Shadows Symposium II: Natural Transformations, London College of Communication, March 2017 (London Alternative Photography Collective)

micromuseum of sleep, super/collider & Bompas and Parr, Citizen M Hotel, September 2016 (super/collider)

Aether, Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 20 February - 03 April 2016. (Aether)

Celestial Bodies, Digital Shoreditch, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK, May 2015. (super/collider)

Convenor of the Shadows Symposium at Camberwell College of Art, London, UK, May 2015. (London Alternative Photography Collective)

SELECTED WORKSHOPS

Seaweed Developer, with Julia Emily Parks, October 2021. (Held Online)

Natural Chemigrams, Creative Folkestone / Folkestone Is An Art School, The Brewery Tap, Folkestone, 28 August 2021. 

Natural Chemigrams, Courtauld Institute of Art, 26 March 2021. (Held Online)

Seaweed Developer, Land Art Agency, 2021. (Held Online)

Solargraph, An Lanntair, Stornoway, 20 February 2021. (Held Online)

Natural Chemigrams, Photoworks, 3 October 2020. (Held Online)

Various, Land Art Agency, Summer 2020-21. (Held Online)

Sustainable Photographic Processes, Baltic 39 with Newcastle University, 27 & 28 February 2020.

Cyanotype, Leeds University, 26 February 2020.

Black & White Darkroom Processes, Courtauld Institute of Art & Gate Darkroom, 17 January 2020

Solargraph, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester, 27 November 2019.

Anthotype & Caffenol, Sustainable Photographic Processes, Royal College of Art, 04 November 2019

Moon Gazing, Observer: John Latham and the Distant Perspective, Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Art, 10 July 2019.

Cyanotypes, TATE Britain, April 2019.

Chemigram, Material Witness, Courtauld Institute of Art, March 2019.

Chemigram, Metal Peterborough, February 2019.

Solarisation & Chemigram, Photofusion, 2018.

Chemigram, TATE Modern, September 2018

Cyanotype Masterclass, The Art Academy, August 2018.

Whitechapel Gallery , Family Day, January 2018

"Constellation Makers", Whitechapel Gallery School Programme, November 2017

Print the Moon, Phytology, Hackney Arts & Polaroid Originals, November 2017

Giant Cyanotype & Pinhole Cameras, Whitechapel Gallery Family Day, October 2017

Giant Cyanotype, Developed in Birmingham, August 2017

Phosphorescence & Laser Light, Laboratory of Dark Matters, Cleveland Mining Museum, July 2017

Chemigram, The Photographers' Gallery, June 2017

Cyanotype, Kosmica, Cosmovitral Jardín Botánico Toluca, Mexico, October 2016.

SELECTED WRITING

A (C)osmosis Art in-between Disciplines, Cambridge Scholars, Published: August 2021.

Venti Journal: Air, Experience, Aesthetics. The Clarke Institute, Massachsetts, USA. September 2020.

Energy Systems, Well Projects, Margate, September 2020. (Commission)

Cosmic Perspectives, Konesh Space, October 2018

On Bubbles, COS Stores and Miami Design Festival, December 2017. (Commission)

Parallax: Perspectives In Astronomy & Photography, Interalia Magazine, November 2017

Ways Of Seeing, Teachers Notes, Whitechapel Gallery, November 2017

Darkness & The Wild, No Stone Unturned, July 2017

First Light, Inside The Outside, June 2017

Aether Interview, super/collider, February 2016

Liliane Lijn Interview, Light and Dark Matters at TATE Modern, January 2016

A Cosmonaut's Trip Interview at ICA, Micro Macro Films, January 2016

Katie Paterson Interview, Light and Dark Matters at TATE Modern, December 2015

The Nuclear Sublime, super-collider, November 2014.

Metaphors in Art & Science: The Bubble As A Metaphor for the Brevity of Life, MA Art and Science Thesis, 2013.

Learning from Vanitas Art & The Day of the Dead, Wild Culture Magazine, November 2013.

Curious at West Norwood Cemetery, Wild Culture Magazine, August 2013.

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