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About me

My work is driven by my ideas and imagination, across recurring themes and iconic figures. I’m always questioning who and what these people, places and animals are, and wanting to push them further to explore and find out more about them. They are part of my identity, so it is a form of self-exploration and understanding at the same time.

We grow, we change and we learn all of our lives, and this is how I do it - through my art. I love feeding my images from one medium to another as part of the evolution process. Those media include traditional and digital painting, sculpting, textiles, and even interior decoration. Colour is very important regardless of the medium, but no one vehicle is more important than another - it’s just what suits the particular work at the time.

Hieronymus Bosch has been an ongoing influence, as are contemporary American illustrators and traditional textile and interior design from around the world.

Melinda Muscat

Melinda Muscat Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Colour, Backspace Gallery Ballarat

2014 Unicorn Lane, Ballarat

2014 Cabinet of Colourful Creatures, Exquisite, Ballarat

2013 Ballarat Baroque, Backspace Gallery Ballarat

2007 The Last Picture Show Grainery Lane Ballarat

2006 The Village at Fitzroy

2004 Recent works at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Melbourne

2000 Recent works at The Eckersley’s Open Space Gallery, Melbourne

1998 Recent works at The Eckersley’s Open Space Gallery, Melbourne

1994 Recent works at The Blaxland Gallery, Melbourne

1990 Recent works at The Linden Gallery, St.Kilda


Commissions, Publications & Workshops etc.

Two Christmas displays at Central Square for Ballarat City Council 2019

Art bikes project for Ballarat Council in conjunction with CMY 2019

BOAA Art Camp, Minning Exchange & Fashion Parade at Mechanics Ins’ 2018

Lumieres as part of the Winter Festival, Ballarat 2018

Chalk mandals public art project for the Cultural Harmony Festival 2018

Backspace Gallery Coordinator 2018-2020

Heritage window display for Ballarat City Council, 2018

Xmas window display for Ballarat City Council, Mining Exchange 2017

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, employed as a Casual Art Handler 2017-2018

Backspace Gallery, Casual Art Handler 2017-2018

Dog Portrait for Isabella at Eastwood vet clinic, Ballarat 2017

Dog Portrailt for Justen Andrews 2017

Dog Portrait for Donna Ruecroft 2017

Dog Portrait for Beck Pasqualini 2017

Dog Portrait for Megan at Eastwood vet clinic, Ballarat 2016

NBN Pilot program for artist painted boxes, 2016

Winter Magic 3D picture workshop Ballarat Fine Art Gallery 2015/16

Make A Summer hat workshop, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery 2016/17

Mural for Woolworths, Central Ballarat 2015

Make a Faberge egg workshops, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery 2015, 2016

Art meets science, space ship workshops, Ballarat Observatory 2015

NBN educational workshops and painting large scale letters with students from Yuille Park Community Colllege, Bridge Mall Ballarat 2015

Vertical Gardens workshop, Backspace Gallery, Ballarat 2015

Eikon workshop, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery 2015

We Are You project, 4 images (2 with YMCA children) Ballarat 2014

Make A Wall Hanging Workshops, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery 2014

Harmony Festival, Decorating large scale masks Workshops Various sites around Ballarat 2014

“Who Am I?" 8 week drawing Workshop, Ballarat Art Gallery 2014

Make A Plaque Workshops, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery 2014

The Courier, Ballarat, Birds, Beasts and Blossoms Group Show, 2014

Lampshade decorating for private collectors, 2013

Ballarat Book Exchange decorating, 2013

Harmony Festival, Banner Making Workshops, 2013

The Courier, Ballarat, Ballarat Baroque & Book Exchange, 2013

Traffic Signal box project, Ballarat 2012

Mural for Safeway central Ballarat, 2012

Artsparks event at the Ballarat Art Gallery, facilitator, 2012

ARTeFACT, Various dates from 2012-2018

The Courier, Ballarat, Hat Trick exhibition, Space 22, 20 May 2012

Book Cover art for Found Things by Ron Southern 2009, Book Cover art for Hearts in the Wilderness by Ron Southern 2008

Full page image in ”Design Graphics” magazine January 2000 issue, Australia, Asia, America & Canada

CD covers for Ex Carnated and Shiva Music 2001

Cover art for CD and handbook for The English Learning

Department at RMIT in association with the Australian National

Training Authority 2000

Artwork for City of Yarra, recycling booklet 2000

Cover art for Writing and Corporate Communication

course handbook RMIT 1999

Cover art for Multi Media course handbook RMIT 1999

Prints included in “Overlander” magazine Australia 1997

Cover art for VMAG magazine Australia April & May issues 1999

The Age, Melbourne, Blaxland exhibition, June 1994.


Selected Group Shows &  Selected Finalist, Competitions

Two person exhibition, Arnold Street Gallery, Bendigo 2019

Cats in Art, Backspace Gallery, Ballarat 2018

Fabulous Maude, selected froup show, Lost Ones Gallery, Ballarat 2018

Rewind exhibition, Trades Hall, Ballarat 2017

What’s in the Box, BOAA exhibition, Trades Hall, Ballarat 2017

Dogs in Art, Backspace Gallery Ballarat 2017

Postcards from Ballarat, Backspace Gallery 2016

Love, group show Containart  Ballarat 2016

Collidescope Art meets Fashion 2015

Refashion Show, Backspace Gallery, Ballarat 2015

Bling group show, Wolveschildren, Ballarat 2014

Birds, Beasts & Blossoms group show, Backspace Gallery, Ballarat

Miss Print group show, Wolveschildren Ballarat 2014

10 Year Accessing Arts group show, Backspace Gallery Ballarat 2014

Odyssey, group show at Space 22, Ballarat 2011

The Flanagan Art Prize, St.Patrick’s College, Ballarat 2010

Hat Trick, with Kat Pengelley & Kiri Smart at Space 22, Ballarat 2010

Art Deco Postcard exhibition Post Office Gallery Ballarat 2008

Emerge The Albert Park Gallery 2005

Group exhibitions Vanguard Gallery Melbourne 2004-2006

Group exhibition Mechanics Institute Ballarat 2004

Post card show, at Linden Gallery St.Kilda 1993-2004

Her Presence in colours, International Women’s Art exhibition, Doncaster 2004

Group show Asti & Gold Gallery, Melbourne 2004

Smorgon Steel Group Contemporary Art Prize,

Williamstown 1997-2003

Ex Libris exhibition, at First Site Gallery RMIT Melbourne 2001

Mass Hang, group show at Aardwolf Gallery Melbourne 2000

Set to zero at The Project Space RMIT Melbourne 1999

Spin Cycle, at The Project Space RMIT Melbourne 1998

24th Annual Southern Cross Art and Crafts Festival N.S.W 1997

Amcor Paper exhibition, at The Westpac Gallery Melbourne 1995

Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award, Queensland 1995

The Castlemaine Acquisitive Art prize Victoria 1994

Landscape Show at The Victorian Print workshop Access Gall’ 1994

Works represented by the Victorian Print workshop At The Australian Art Fair Melbourne 1994

Richmond Acquisitive Art Award 1993

Posthead Show at Either Ohnetitel, Fitzroy 1993

The Not The Archibald Art Award, Fitzroy 1992-1993

Group exhibition at The York Street Gallery &

Book of limited edition prints Fitzroy 1991

Prints from the above show exhibited at Sydney Trade Expo 1991

Group exhibition at The Inaminka Gallery North Melbourne 1990

Group exhibition at The William Street Gallery, South Yarra 1989

Group exhibition at The Faculty Gallery RMIT Melbourne 1988



Westpac Gallery, Melbourne

Victorian State Library

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne

& several private collections.



1999 Electronic Design and Interactive Media Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

1988 Bachelor of Fine Arts, painting Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

1985 Tertiary Orientation Programme Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

1983 Workshop at Victorian College of the Arts