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Melissa Cole - Biography

Biography

COMMISSIONS

  • 2019       Ridgeway Farm Art Project, Purton, Wiltshire for Taylor Wimpey, Stanford In The Vale, Oxfordshire, village arts trail project. 
  • 2018       DNA sculpture for Cosmic Walk at Winchester University.  Moravian Star sculpture project, Malmesbury, Wilts. Private commission, large garden sculptures, Wiltshire.
  • 2017        Decorative window panels for a Sir John Soanes designed private house in Wiltshire.
  • 2016        Seaside handrail, Bridport, Private client. Decorative grape vine support, private garden. Rose arbour, private commission.
  • 2015        Latchways PLC   Seasonal greetings product of a limited presentation edition of 500 copper feathers for world wide distribution.  ‘Wishing Dish’ Bronze bowl for private clients.
  • 2014        Cherwell College, Student Accommodation decorative screening panels to entrance wall based on brain neurons. Private commission- Fern Gate.  Private commission – Water mill gate.  Private Commission – Altar Cross and candlesticks for St Katharines Hospice, Banbury. 
  • 2014        Selected artist Ridgeway Farm, Purton.  Public Art Commission, Taylor Wimpey
  • 2013        River Route wall mounted installation representing the River Cherwell 24m wrapped around the exterior of the gatehouse building, Chapel Street, Oxford for A2Dominion.
JHQ Rheindahlen, Germany.  Sculpture project to commemorate the closing of the UK MOD base working with The Ark School, Windsor School, residents, staff and German schools.  
  • 2012        ‘Driftway Imprint’ Bronze and steel sculpture at The Slade, Oxford for Oxford City Council.  
Tiny Red Garden Gate, Newbury. 
Selected artist -YAA Asantewaa Carnival Village Entrance Gates, Notting Hill, London.
  • 2011        Story-telling sculptural tower and web for Wootton and Drysandford Community Centre. 
St Francis C of E Primary School, Swindon.  Entrance sculptural cross and signage.
Three metre, 3 pedestal glass-topped dining table, private clients, Wiltshire.
  • 2010        Knowle House, Marlborough.  Entrance gates in white.
  • 2009        Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough, entrance gates and side panels.  
Stockcross House, Newbury, double garden Red Gates and panels.
  • 2008        Westbury public art commission gates and railings.  St Johns Infant School Residency.
  • 2007        Robert Sandilands Primary school residency and sculpture. 
  • 2006        Short listed for Playing, Creating and Experiencing Art Commission, Newbury, Berks.
  • 2006        Greatham Primary School, Hampshire.  National Lottery funded two week residency.
  • 2005        Ditcham Park School, West Sussex.  Two week residency with Junior and Upper school.  Corfe Hills School,Broadstone, Dorset.  Memorial sculpture. Selected Artist; Paramount Development Entrance Gates Project.  Swan Hill Homes Ltd. 
  • 2004        20m of Railings and gates for private clients near Newbury
  • 2003        Two large screening panels, Wellington Street, Swindon, Wilts.
  • 2002        Short listed for the Britwell Library Public Art Commission, Slough, Berkshire. Jubilation4m stainless steel sculpture.  Private commission.  Bloxham, Wilts.
  • 2001 / 02.  ‘Forged & Gorged’.  Commissioned by Salisbury District Council.  Working with Hoodwink Theatre Company   2001                Chippenham Town Bridge replacement steel railings.  
  • 1997        ‘Soundwaves’.  Wall-mounted entrance piece for Dolby Laboratories European HQ.
  • 1996        Neeld Hall Entrance Sculpture/signage.  Chippenham, Wilts  
EXHIBITIONS
2017       ‘New Lines; Ancient Landscapes’ With Jonathan Mansfield at Pound Arts, Corsham, Wiltshire. Fresh Air 2017 Quenington, Glos.  British Art; Ancient Landscapes at Salisbury Museum.
2016        Liberty Arts Trust Summer Exhibition, Kings Hill, Kent. 
2015        Savill Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Windsor
2014        Savill Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Windsor. Wine St Gallery @No.10 Christmas Exhibition.
2013        Pop Up Gallery New Brewery Arts Cirencester.  The Shed Space Gallery with Mark Somerville 
2011        ‘Foursight’ Puthall Farm December, 2011.  ‘Made To Last’ Salisbury Cathedral.  
                ‘Received Wisdom’ Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury. ‘Galvanize’ Sheffield Winter Hill Gardens.
2010        Chapel Row Gallery, Bath, Joint Exhibition.  The Shed Space Gallery.  Rabley Drawing Centre Garden Sculpture Exhibition.
2009         Chapel Row Gallery, Bath.  Joint Exhibition.  The Shed Space Gallery 
2008         The Shed Space Gallery with photographer Mark Somerville.  Puthall Park Sculpture Show 
2007         Fresh Air 2007, Quenington, Hackwood Arts Festival, Basingstoke.  ‘Insight 2007’ New Greenhm Arts. The Shed Space at Puthall Farm. ‘Transitions’ at Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury.
2006         Puthall Park Sculpture Show, Marlborough, ‘Insight 2006’ New Greenham Arts Centre, 
2005 - 1996   Group exhibition Morgan Boyce Fine Art, Marlborough.  ‘Insight 2005’ New Greenham Arts
                 Puthall Park Sculpture Show, Marlborough.  ‘-40° Christmas Exhibition’ at The Shed Space, Marlborough.  ‘Insight 2004’ New Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury.  ‘Art on the Balcony’ Corn 
                     ‘Fresh Air’ at Quenington Rectory, Glos.  Abstract Exhibition at the Wine Street Gallery, Devizes.  The Garden Gallery at Broughton.  Hook House Gallery, Westonbirt, Glos. ‘Spring Exhibition Handel House Gallery, Devizes.  ChippenhamTown Bridge Competition at the Citadel Gallery, ChippenhamIn-Dent Mixed Exhibition at Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Glos.  ‘Relativity The Citadel Gallery, Chippenham, Wilts. Joint exhibition with painter Terry Ilott.  Chippenham Community Art Project end of residency Exhibition at The Citadel Gallery. 


PUBLICATIONS/PR

‘Countryside Voice’ publication for Campaign for the Protection of Rural England Summer 2017
‘Escape To The Country’ BBC2 Follow up feature.
Women In Trade Journal Summer Issue 2015. 
‘With Love’ Project Summer 2015 limited edition book, video and blog.
'Escape To The Country' TV  BBC2 ‘Wiltshire’ Spring 2015
BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show guest Oct 2013. 
Garden Design Journal Jan 2010.  
‘Countryfile’ BBC One June 2009. 
‘Grand Designs’ Channel Four Rabley Barn project Feb 2009.  Grand Designs Channel 4   
Western Daily Press West Country Life Supplement Nov 2008.  Out and About, Newbury Weekly News supplement Feb 2008.
 BBC Woman’s’ Hour, November 2007. Telegraph Weekend Section June 2007. 
Meridian News August 2006. 
Wiltshire Life Magazine March 2019, March/Feb 2009,April 2005, Feb 2004
February 2004.  Chroma, August 2004. Western Daily Press, West Country Life Supplement, June 2004.  
Artist Blacksmith, Autumn 2002.  
Period Living & Traditional Homes April 2000.  Cotswold Life Magazine March 1999.  Times Educational Supplement, April 1999.  Art & Craft, Design & Technology June 1996
AWARDS
2016            Admitted as Liveryman under redemption to The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, Granted Freedom of The City Of London.
2007            Bronze Medal.  The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.  (27th awarded since 1325)
2005            Arts & Business New Partners Investment.  With Tin Horse, for Puthall Park Sculpture Show.
2002               Certificate of Merit. Chippenham Town Bridge design, Chippenham Civic Society.
2002            Certificate of Merit.  The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.  
2001                    Investment In Individuals Award. Southern Arts.   
1990                   Student Service to the Community. Chippenham Technical College. 
TALKS

2012           ‘Marketing for Artists’ talk for Marlborough Open Studios artists on the use of social media.  
2010           Marketing and PR talk, New Greenham Arts Centre for Newbury Open Studios
2004          Annual Arts Conference for Hampshire County Council. Talk and slide show of working with an Artist   Blacksmith in schools followed by practical metal workshops for school-teachers.

Various projects funded by Arts Council England including equipment funding and The Golsoncott Foundation.  Schools projects funded by The National Lottery, Barclays New Futures, The Ironmongers Company.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Ÿ  Freedom of the City Of London by Redemption via The Worshipful Company Of Blacksmiths 2016
Ÿ  13th World Forging Championships, Stia, Italy. September 2011
Sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and The Jinny Quinnell Memorial Trust to compete as one of three in the first all-female team of professional blacksmiths.
Ÿ  Puthall Park Sculpture Show 2004, 2006, 2008
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In response to the lack of opportunities in the area for showing larger scale sculptural work, I devised and raised over £23K of sponsorship for this large outdoor exhibition.  4500+ visitors over three shows, featured on Meridian News. This exhibition was supported by: Arts Council England, Kennet District Council, Tin Horse, and Dolby Labs Inc. and Arts & Business.

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