Melanie Young is a visual artist based in Cornwall in the UK. Using a process of building thin layers, she creates a patterned and decorative surface using paint and gold leaf. These are then scratched back revealing the process behind the painting.
Melanie’s paintings are figurative and explore themes of the familial and domestic, which are contrasted with the bold, vibrant patterns in her work. In these narrative scenes she plays with scale and perspective, flattening the images and distorting the forms in the painting. Sometimes figures are partially hidden and obscured, which are unexpected and emotive.
She has also been involved in education and mental health projects and large scale collaborations, most notably Joan of Arc with the Liverpool Philharmonic and 2 Thirds Max for composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. She is currently lead artist on the Arts Response for Arts for Health.
Originally from the Midlands Emily is now based in the South West and continues her ten year freelance career as a dance artist, performer, dancer, facilitator, technique teacher and educationalist from her base in Truro. Emily has toured with dance and theatre companies, devising and performing ten nationally touring productions including children’s theatre and extensive education work for companies including Attik Dance, Cscape Dance and Assault Events (N.I).
Grace grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall and went on to study at Roehampton University where she gained a 1st class degree in Dance Studies and had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Helen Parlor, Carol Brown and Dog Kennel Hill Project.
In 2009 she gained an MA touring with mapdance company, both nationally and internationally with works by Ben Wright, Shobana Jeyasingh, Charles Linehan, Lalia Diallo and Liz Aggiss. Grace is interested in collaborations between different art forms, especially photography and lighting design. She works closely with her brother Oliver, a musician, to make original scores which has become the focus of her upcoming dance company; Black Gecko Dance.
Grace is now based in Cornwall, teaching throughout the county and the surrounding areas to school pupils through to professionals. She has started leading dance and exercise classes for the elderly and currently studying for a Pilates Teacher Training Course through the Pilates Foundation. Grace co-leads Freefall Dance and is an Associate Lecturer at University College Falmouth.
Robert graduated from The Place (London Contemporary Dance School) in 2007 with BA (hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance and Postgraduate Diploma in Performance.
Featured Partner : Freefall Dance
Freefall Dance was established in 2010 by dancers Emily Dobson and Grace Sellwood and delivers weekly contemporary classes from it’s base and home in Falmouth, Cornwall. Freefall Dance offers an opportunity for individuals to train and experience high quality contemporary classes, workshops and intensives delivered with a professional, but ultimately enjoyable approach. Weekly classes are team taught; the company’s technique fuelled by using weight, momentum and fluidity through a range of sequences that are as explosive and athletic as they are gentle and intricate.
Grace and Emily also co-produce Freefall Dance Summer School (2011/12) bringing internationally working artists including Ben Wright (bgroup), Victoria Fox (Jasmine Vardimon), Annie Lok (Siobhan Davies) and James Finnemore (Hofesh Shechter) to Cornwall to deliver intensive classes in technique and creative dance practices. The summers school is ran in partnership with University College Falmouth and The Works.