Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson has worked as an interdisciplinary artist and lecturer for 40 years. Originally from London, Melanie has travelled extensively for her work, with residencies in Denmark, France, Norway, Spain, Italy, Canada, Israel, Poland and Germany. She studied Theatre and Dance at Dartington College of Arts then achieved an M.A. in Fine Art in Context at UWE Bristol. Her original art projects are unique to time and place and involve installation, performance and collaboration, working with an eclectic range of performers from all ages and backgrounds.

A Somerset resident, much of her work has been undertaken locally. Her public art projects include the re-development of Torquay Harbour in neighbouring Devon, the curation of Palace Intrusions in Wells and the artistic direction of Tor Dance Festival. She created a three-year project called Scaping the Land in Somerset, a collection of performances and films inspired by and in relationship to the unique landscape of the Levels. Melanie recently finished a year-long project in an orchard at the Alfred Gillett Trust in Street, with installations and performance events. Melanie is extremely excited for the Heart of the Tribe gallery to exist as a space where not only can artists collaborate but where people can come together and discuss culture today.

Melanie clearly articulates her method, which is extremely dependent on time and place. “When I make work I always ask, ‘What is happening now internally and externally, privately and publicly, what needs to be said and what with?’ Then I choose the materials and place that is most relevant to that question and spend as much time as possible in a process finding out how to clarify my response.” Like her mediums, Melanie’s influences are varied: Pina Bausch, a German choreographer (her understanding of bodies in space), Steve Reich, a minimalist composer (his understanding of time and rhythm), and the artist Joseph Beuys (his “ahead of his time” interest in nature and politics).

Mentoring

Melanie Thompson can offer one to one mentoring for all types of visual artists  / writers / dancers / theatre and film makers and musicians.

Melanie has taught and mentored many artists all over Europe over the last 25 years. For over 10 years she was a visiting tutor for Nordisk Theatre School, Denmark and Sheersburg College, Flensburg Germany. In this country  she has taught at Bristol University, in the art/ music / writing and dance departments at Dartington College of Arts for 20 years, and Falmouth University for 4 years.

She is available to meet face to face for initial 1 hour sessions live or on line. She can give advice on career development but most importantly give support and strategies to develop creative goals and processes.

Please go to her web site for more information melaniethompson.me.uk  or contact her on melart55@gmail.com.

TESTIMONIAL – “MELANIE HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE A HUGE PART OF MY CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL LIFE. SHE HAS A CAPACITY TO ALWAYS ENCOURAGE, WHILST ALSO PUSHING YOU TO OPEN YOUR MIND THAT BIT MORE, AND ALWAYS IN DIRECTIONS YOU WERE NOT PREVIOUSLY EVEN AWARE OF. SHE HAS A CARING BUT HONEST NATURE. HER AIM AND PASSION, ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE, SEEMS TO BE THE CREATIVE PURSUIT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL, FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR THE WORLD. THIS IS TRULY INSPIRING NO MATTER WHAT DISCIPLINE YOU WORK IN.” TODD SPEAKMAN