Selected for Bunbury Biennale 2017

  8 July - 10 September 2017 Bunbury Regional Gallery, Bunbury, WA     The Bunbury Biennale is a juried exhibition which brings together works by contemporary artists from across Western Australia. Featuring some of the state’s most respected visual arts practitioners, alongside emerging and mid-career artists it is a chance...

Selected to participate in the Joondalup Invitational Community Art Award 2017

Lakeside Centre Joondalup, Joondalup, WA 15 - 28 October 2017   The CIAA is a prestigious annual art prize showcasing outstanding talent by Western Australian artists working in a variety of media including painting, photography and sculpture. Congratulations to these 15 artists invited to participate in the Community Invitation Art...

Daring to go Mid West 2017

Mid West Art Prize 2017 17 June - 31 July 2017   The Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, with our partners, is proud to deliver one of the most prominent and valuable prizes in Western Australia. Opened on Friday the 16th of June by The Acting Director of Exhibitions...

Selected for the A Portrait of Taiwan in Perth project

Mel Dare is one of 20 artists invited to participate in the A Portrait of Taiwan in Perth project curated by Ashley Yihsin Chang in affiliation with Turner Galleries.  Each Taiwanese participant was paired with a local artist. They had an initial discussion about a significant...

Stations of the Cross 2017 exhibiting @ Wesley Church

8 - 17 April 2017 Wesley Church, Perth, WA   Running for the 8th year, the Stations of the Cross is curated by Claire Bushby and featured newly commissioned artworks by fifteen Western Australian contemporary artists.  The artists were invited to created artworks, specially commissioned for the show. The fifteen...

Selected to participate in the Silence Awareness Existence residency in Finland 2017

Silence Awareness Existence Thematic residency program for artists, scientists & deep minds Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland March 2018   Silence Awareness Existence is a thematic residency program in Finland for artists and creative minds, engaged in the theme on various fields. The program brings together each year a group...

City of Joondalup acquires Dare’s artwork

City of Joondalup acquires 6 works from the "100 Days to Create a Narrative" series.     Images details:  Mel Dare, acrylic, ink and pencils on wooden panels, 10 x 10cm each.     Image title from the 100 Days to Create a Narrative series:  Day 7: New roles, Day 9:...

Artist Open House Fremantle 2016

  Fremantle - Western Australia.  11-13 November 2016.   Mel Dare was one of the 24 local and interstate artists selected to be part of the annual event Artist Open House Fremantle.  From the 11th to 13th of November Fremantle residents of six houses volunteered their homes so artists...

Constructing memory by Mel Dare

10 - 23 October 2016 Peek-a-Boo Gallery – Northbridge, Western Australia   A solo exhibition by Mel Dare exploring the relationship between memory and time.   Memories are mothers, lovers, bullies on a rampage. Protectors, seducers, tormentors. Drowning, smothering, saving us again and again. Images flash - pain, pleasure, ambivalence....

Curator for the Darlington Open Art Awards 2016

This year I was asked to curate the Darlington Open Art Awards. Through this I had the privilege of curating over 100 Western Australian artists work including art by Andrew Lipscombe, Jo Duffy, Jacob Ogden Smith, Jane Button, Moira Court and Deborah Ralph-Kafarela. Open 5th...