From Perfume to Birdsong

Dean Melbourne

31.03.2014 – Open Studio Event (12th – 13th April)






The event is supported by Arts Council England 



27.03.14 – Speaking event at Wem Town Hall tonight.

Tonight I will be speaking at Wem Town Hall in an event organised by Creative Enterprise and Creative Shift. Having been fortunate enough to receive support from CE to have mentoring from Charlie Smith London’s Zavier Ellis. Helga Henry and I will be discussing the effect that mentoring both as mentors and mentees has had on our respective businesses and careers. 

For more information follow the link to Wem Town Hall website.

If you are coming along I look forward to meeting you later!  

from the blurb 

To give you an idea of the sort of difference our services can make to your creative business we will also hear from Helga Henry, a mentor and business advisor with the Creative Enterprise scheme and founder of Creative Shift. She will be “in conversation” with Dean Melbourne a painter and mentor to a number of artists on Creative Enterprise whose work is quickly becoming recognized nationally and internationally. They will discuss the impact that mentoring has made on their respective businesses and careers.

24.03.14 – I Can’t Tell You Why (new work)


I Can’t Tell You Why, Oil and gloss on canvas, 120 x 80cm Dean Melbourne

21.03.2014 – Carry (Study) Oil pastel on paper


Carry (study) – Oil pastel on paper, 2014 , Dean Melbourne

19.03.2014 – Before the night is through (whole lotta love)


Before the night is through (whole lotta love), Oil and gloss on canvas, 190 x 190 cm Dean Melbourne. 2014

03.03.2014 – Some people like to stay out late (new painting)


Some people like to stay out late, Oil and gloss on canvas , 120 x 80xm, Dean Melbourne

22.02.2014 – Come Undone (new painting)


Come Undone, Oil and gloss on canvas, 110 x 110cm 2014, Dean Melbourne

20.02.2014 – Art 14


It is now just one week to go before Art14 opens at Olympia. I will be exhibiting a new collection of work with Coates and Scarry along side Angela Lizon and Anton Goldstein (Above image). 

what they say about the fair. 


Art14 London is the second edition of London’s global art fair sponsored by Citi Private Bank.


The inaugural edition of the fair in 2013, attracted 25,000 visitors, including 4,500 VIPs. It was a success with critics, galleries, collectors and art fans alike, with Wallpaper praising the fair’s ‘impressive scope‘, while the Financial Times reported on Art13 London’s ‘refreshingly different‘ approach.


Olympia Grand Hall will once again host Art14 London between Friday 28 February and Sunday 2 March 2014, with the Private View and First Night taking place on Thursday 27 February. Art14 London is set to build on the strong foundations laid down by the 2013 fair, and will provide a platform for some of the world’s best modern and contemporary art.

Please contact Coates and Scarry for catalogues and pricing details. 

I know lots of you are already heading down to the fair and I really look forward to seeing you. I will be around for a couple of the days so if you would like to meet up drop me a comment here or on twitter @DeanMelbournex. Or just come to booth K2. I hear its near the champagne bar so whats not to like!

I will be mostly celeb spotting like the small town boy I am !

17.02.2014 – Harder than it has to be (we make it)


Harder than it has to be, Oil and gloss on canvas, 110 x 110cm, Dean Melbourne 2014. all rights reserved


A place of ritual. A place to gather, to pass on stories, songs, rites, dance. A place of judgement, divine or otherwise. 



30.1.2014 – Announcement of ACE funding (no really!)


It still feel a little surreal to be able to share that I have been lucky enough to have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England. My project “Full Circle” will see me produce a new body of work to make the most of the showcasing opportunity that ART14 presents and share this process and with the the community and students from the college that I attended and started my artistic journey . Stourbridge College (now BMET Black Country) was my home as a student and then for 8 years as a lecturer and I am really happy to be going back to share my progress with students.  

I will be having groups of students to visit the studio to see work in progress and going into College to talk about professional practise as part of their tutorial programme. I will be opening my studio up officially and showing work in the area to allow the local community to engage. 

If anyone would like to visit the studio to see work in progress or hear more about the project just drop me an email at 

At the risk of making an acceptance speech, I have lots of people to say thank you to for helping me put the project together, writing a proposal and making this period of work possible and generally offering support , advise , encouragement. Chiefly Helga Henry at my “other” job Creative Shift. Her support, guidance and understanding have not only made it possible to take two months out of work but her understanding of funding and project management were key in my being awarded funding! I would like to mention Noel Dunne from Creative Alliance who cast an expert eye over my application and gave me valuable feedback. 

Coates and Scarry for having faith in my work and giving me the opportunity to continue to try and make better work and get the chance to show it! 

Then there are the people who keep me sane, make me feel loved and on a daily basis make it possible to keep going.There are a lot of you to mention but I hope you know who you are!

I suppose it would be rude not to say thank you to the Arts Council for giving me this huge opportunity to build my practise and improve all aspects of my practise.