Informed by professional experiences working in public service and includes a range of work including artist books that make use of institutional speeches and transcripts, Melany Nugent-Noble makes work that explores filter of language through democratic and decision making processes pass through, and how they change over time, across jurisdictions and across political lines.  

As such, texts and speeches of various governments have become primary source material that she works with and since 2014, she has created a number of ongoing, limited run publishing-based projects using reproduced government texts and speeches from points in history that have resonance with current Canadian and international events.

 

Melany Nugent  
(b. 1980, Canada)

Education

2015         Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Masters of Fine Arts (MFA)
2011         Athabasca University, Bachelor of Professional Arts, Communications
2003         Grant MacEwan College, Diploma, Digital Arts and Media

Awards

2018           British Columbia Arts Council Visual Arts Grant
2016           British Columbia Arts Council Early Career Development Grant
2014           Pacific Leaders Scholarship, Government of British Columbia
2013           Pacific Leaders Scholarship, Government of British Columbia

Selected Exhibitions

2018          third beach, Lake Country Art Gallery, (collaboration with Trent Noble) 
2017          Vancouver Art Book Fair, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Exhibitor)
2017          Toronto Art Book Fair, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON (Exhibitor)
2016          Vancouver Art Book Fair, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Exhibitor)
2016          Moon (Picnic) Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC (Solo Installation)
2015          Stalemate Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, BC (Solo Exhibition)
2015          Arrive, Reach, Revisit, Turn and Return Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Group Exhibition)
2014          Fragments of a Former Moon Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Group Exhibition)

Residencies and Internships

2018              The Evolving Book, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
2016              Convergent Studios, Kelowna, BC
2016              BAIR TEXT, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
2005              Practicum, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Canada
2003/04         Practicum, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Creative Electronic Environment Banff, Canada
2003              Internship, Latitude 53 Contemporary Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada 

Collections & Bookstores

                     Banff Centre Artist Book Collection:

           Speech from the Throne (2014)
          Speech from the Throne (2015)
           Speech from the Throne (2016)

Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Acceptance Speech for the Presidency of the United States of America (2nd Edition, 2017)

Printed Matter, Inc, New York, NY

Speech from the Throne (2015)
Acceptance Speech for the Presidency of the United States of America (2nd Edition, 2017)

Relevant Professional Experience

2013/15         Public Education Coordinator Multiculturalism & Anti-Racism, Government of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
2012/14         ArtQuake, Board of Directors, Vancouver, Canada
2008/13        Program Advisor,  Multiculturalism & Anti-Racism, Government of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
2006/07       Desktop Publishing Coordinator,  Ministry of Education, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Talks, Presentations and Performances

2016         Feeding the Machine: Translation of British Columbia's Speech from the Throne, University of Calgary, Free Exchange Graduate Conference: Power & Politics in Print Calgary, Alberta

2016        Performance, Speech from the Throne, 2016, Readings in Public and Other Performances, the Club at The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta.

Print Media

Pink & Green, Review of Acceptance Speech for the Presidency of the United States of America (2nd Edition, 2017), Laura Yakemchuk, Toronto Art Book Fair, 2017