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Mel O’Dell


Address: Suite 4, Level 2, 153 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours:  by appointment
Property Donor:  Iris Capital
Launched: 23 August 2017
Closed:  17 October 2017

Mel O’Dell
m:  0413020664
e:  [email protected]

Who are you?
Mel O’Dell

What do you do?
A lot! I’d say I’m an all-round creative person, an inter-disciplinary artist if you will. I tend to jump from medium to medium and have many things going at once. Right now I’m really focused on spreading a positive mental health message. I’ve been painting people hugging in an abstract style on large cuts of plywood and printing onto clothes. I just recently did a collaboration with Chinchen St.  I’m also getting back into writing.

What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle?
I used to live in Maryville, which had a great garage space that I made into a studio/ hosted events in. I no longer have that space and wanted to continue my art practice alongside other artists. It gets lonely/can be very distracting working from home, which is why I was inspired to get involved with an established community.

What are you doing in your new space?
Predominantly painting and print work but sometimes I just go to the studio to think, plan my next artistic endeavour and sing really badly/ try learn the ukelele.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
The space I’m in is pretty big! I’m still setting it up but already I’ve found this space inspiring. I’m sharing with another artist, Pat Mavety. He’s great.  It also reminds me of a hostel in a way. All the artists are in separate rooms/floor and we just share the toilet/sink.  Plus it’s in a prime location.