Melanie McKee is a Perth-based artist and academic and co-founder of Print Lab Australia. Melanie participated in an international study exchange program at the École des Beaux Arts de Paris and was involved with the Perth Centre for Photography from 2012-18. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, notably in group exhibitions at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou China, Goolugatup Heathcote Gallery Perth, La Central in Santander Spain, Collie Art Gallery, and a solo exhibition at Tuner Galleries in Perth. Melanie has been awarded several grants to undertake and present her research and creative practice.
Melanie was Born in Zimbabwe and has lived in Perth since 2001.
2018 Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary Education), Edith Cowan University, Australia
2017 PhD, Curtin University, Australia
2011 Bachelor of Arts (Art) (Honours) with First Class Honours Curtin University, Australia
2009 Bachelor of Arts (Art) Curtin University, Australia
2008-09 École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris (International study exchange program)
AWARDS AND HONOURS
2015 Artflight Travel Grant, Department of Culture and the Arts, Government of Western Australia
2012 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (APA)
Curtin Research Scholarship (CRS)
2007 The Curtin University Department of Art Culture Award
2017 Marston: Remembering Home Through Creative Practice, PhD Examination Exhibition, Turner Galleries, Perth WA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Seven Forms (Collie '22), Collie, Australia
TRANSMEDIAL, Sydney Contemporary, Australia
Convergence II, Paper Mountain, Perth WA
Cossack Art Awards, Karratha, Australia
Convergence, La Central, Santander, Spain
Six Printmakers and a Wordsmith, artist book collaboration with the Curtin Print Research Studio, Palacete del Embarcadero, Santander, Spain
On the Map, Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth WA
Higher Degrees, John Curtin Gallery, Perth WA
Locale, Heathcote Museum and Gallery, Perth WA
A Space Between, Paper Mountain, Perth WA
Collective: the small print edition, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth WA
TERMINUS in search of an (im)possible conclusion, Paper Mountain, Perth WA
GMT+8, Museum of Contemporary Art, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Homing: Luxury and Necessity, Sanshang-Art, Hnagzhou, China
Necessary Fictions, Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle WA
Collective, The Perth Centre for Photography, Perth WA
Art Degree Show 2011, Curtin University Department of Design and Art, Perth WA
Collective, The Perth Centre for Photography, Perth WA
Curtin Degree Show 2009, Curtin University Department of Design and Art, Perth WA
Creative Tides: Art at Iona, Iona Presentation College, Perth WA
Red Aware Art Exhibition, FJ Clarke Lecture Theatre QEII, Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital, Perth WA
Midland Art Award, Midland Town Hall, City of Swan - The Dress artist book
Salade, Palais des Etudes, Paris France- 3 Untitled prints (Koons et Versailles)
Libris Awards The Australian Artists’ Book Prize, Artspace Mackay Queensland - Red Book: she dressed, not looking down
Iona Presentation College Centenary Exhibition, Perth WA - 3 Untitled prints
Collaborative Exhibition, Tangent Gallery, Perth WA
20x20 Exchange Exhibition, Tangent Gallery, Perth. Held in collaboration with Curtin University Printmedia Department, RMIT, and the National Art School
2018 Semblance in the photographic ground. IMPACT10 International Printmaking Conference, Santander, Spain
2017 Photography and Place: Reimagining the Ground of Experience, The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) Annual Conference, University
of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
2015 GMT+8, Impact9 International Printmaking Conference, Museum of Contemporary Art, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Homing: Luxury and Necessity, Impact9 International Printmaking Conference, Sanshang-Art, Hnagzhou, China (Funded by the West Australian
Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts)
2013 Printmaker as Explorer: Navigating a course through memories of Marston Farm, IMPACT8 International Printmaking Conference, University of Dundee,
Wrought-iron bars and sewing thread: The (re)construction of a lost home via creative practice, Space and Place: Exploring Critical Issues, Inter-
Disciplinary.net 4th Global Conference, Mansfield College, Oxford United Kingdom
2012 Stitching in Place: Migration, memory and habitual practices, ACUADS Conference, Central Institute of Technology, Perth Western Australia
Stitching in Place: Migration, memory and habitual practices, The Truth is Out There: Curtin Humanities 13th Graduate Research Conference, Curtin
University, Perth Western Australia
2017 Melanie McKee. 2017 “Marston: Remembering Home Through Creative Practice”. PhD Dissertation Curtin University.
Dr Sheridan Coleman. Emplacement. Exhibition Catalogue Essay for Locale, Heathcote Museum and Gallery, Perth.
2016 Melanie McKee. 2016 "Wrought-iron bars and sewing thread: The (re)construction of a lost home
via creative practice". In Dialectics of Space and Place across Virtual and Corporeal Topographies, edited by June Jordaan, Carl Haddrell and Christine
Alegria, pp. 87-95. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN: 978-1-84888-510-3.
Ann Schilo. TERMINUS in search of an (im)possible conclusion. Exhibition Catalogue Essay for Terminus, Paper Mountain, Perth.
2015 Graham Mathwin. To be at home in time and place. Exhibition Catalogue Essay for Homing: Luxury and Necessity
2014 Melanie McKee. 2014. “Stitching in Place: Migration, memory and habitual practices.” In The Truth is Out There, ed. Julie Lunn and Stephanie Bizjak, pp.
111-125. Perth: Black Swan Press. ISBN: 978-0-9875670-5-5
2013 Melanie McKee. Wrought-iron bars and sewing thread: The (re)construction of a lost home via creative practice. Paper presented at Space and Place: The
Space and Place Project: 4th Global Meeting Oxford, UK for Inter-Disciplinary.net: A Global Network for Dynamic Research and Publishing.
Melanie's work is held in several private collections.
The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ).
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).
Perth Centre for Photography (PCP).
Print Council of Australia (PCA).