Jem Mellor is a Midlands based artist with an interdisciplinary practice spanning sculpture, photography, film and writing.
Interested in the world building ability of materials and their active agency within art & design methodologies, Jem’s work develops artistic and pedagogical practices which seek to give space to consider and explore a material’s way of being in the world and the co-productive relationships between humanity and matter. Using performative and traditional research models, Jem relationally develops material knowledges, evolving a more collaborative relationship with the materials of her own shared practice.
Oct 2021 ‘What Is The Matter?’. South Street, Birmingham (Solo)
Sep 2021 Endowment Fund for the Arts BICA (Award)
2021 Post Distance. On-line Exhibition. Opens 22/9/21 (Joint)
2021 May-September ‘If It’s Not A Rug’. The Year That Wasn’t: On-line Catalyst Exhibition (Joint)
The One and the Many; Holy Biscuit, Newcastle and Centrala, Birmingham
Live Your Dreams; Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
The Conversion of Saul; Sputnik Open Submission Joint Exhibition; Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
City Scapes; Custard Factory, Birmingham and New Generation Arts Festival, Rotunda, Birmingham
Emily Dickinson series; AOP, London
Residencies/ Projects/ Speaking Engagements/ Teaching
2022: Ikon Slow Boat (upcoming)
2021- Present: AA2A Residency Programme Wolverhampton School of Art
2021- Present: VT Lecturer; Nexus ICA, Coventry.
2021: Material Encounters Research Cluster, UNCERTAIN KNOWLEDGE(S): SUMMER COLLOQUIUM, research presentation.
2020-21 Tate Liverpool & BICA On-line lecture series committee member, training and planning mentor scheme
2017-2019 Arts Internship Mentor; Sputnik Arts Charity (https://sptnk.co.uk)
2012-2021 Subject specialist VT; Archbishop Ilsley 6th Form College
2006-2010 Resident Artist; Holy Trinity Media Arts College
MA Art & Design Interdisciplinary Practice, BICA Birmingham School of Art Distinction 2019-2021
BA Visual Communication Photography, University of Central England First Class Hons 2004
Material Encounters Research Cluster