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. 

Exhibitions/ Awards


Aug 2022: BIO ARTS Bursary Babs recipient

July 2022  WOVEN Exhibition. Bessant Gallery, Wolverhampton

June 2022 ON SITE. AA2A & Wolverhampton SofA (Joint)

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)


Pre 2020

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


2023: Allens Cross Community Gardens Artist in Residence (Present)

2022: SPECTRA Abundance Garden Birmingham City Hospital (August)

2022: Ikon Slow Boat Resident (May)

2021- 2022: 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 (

2012-2021 Subject specialist VT; Archbishop Ilsley 6th Form College

2006-2010 Resident Artist; Holy Trinity Media Arts College


publications and articles


2022:  Mediators and The Vitality of Matter in Drawing Practices

 Drawing Research Theory Practice, October 2022, Intellect DOI: 10.1386/drtp_00090_1

2021: What Is The Matter? A practical guide to developing co-productive material practice within arts disciplines.




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

Sputnik Faith & Arts Network