Mellaney Roberts

Mellaney Roberts (1988) born in Willowmore, South Africa, Mellaney completed her National Diploma in Fine Arts in 2010, a BTech Fine Arts (Ceramics) in 2011, and a Masters of Fine Arts (with Cum Laude honors) in Ceramics in 2017, all at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Gqeberha. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD. Roberts has been a lecturer in ceramics for several years and presently holds a teaching position at the Tshwane University of Technology.

She has received several awards, including being among the top 21 artists shortlisted for the 2024 Henrike Grohs Art Award (pending outcome), winning the 1 Ton Clay Award for Ndebele Mining, being recognized by Ceramic South Africa with the Gauteng Ceramics Regional’s award in 2021, and being a Top 20 Finalist at the Ekurhuleni Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards. Additionally, she received the Nina Hole Memorial Residency Award at Guldagergaard, as well as an opportunity at the International Ceramic Research Center in Skælskør, Denmark. Roberts also earned the New Signatures Award at The Epsac Community Art Centre NMMU Exhibition and the Best Student Award at the Regional Ceramic Exhibition of Ceramic South Africa. She was selected among the top 100 South African Artists for both the Sasol New Signatures and the Absa L’Atelier national art awards.

She actively participates in various public art projects, local, and national art exhibitions. Roberts has been chosen for the Nando’s Creative Exchange Programme 2023, showcasing her work at the GFI Gallery in Port Elizabeth in 2023, and subsequently at the Investec Art Fair 2024. In 2023, Mellaney exhibited at THE 2020’s: new forms of abstraction – part 2 at Berman Contemporary, and in 2024, she participated in Ceramic Brussels alongside Berman Contemporary.

Mellaney Roberts is represented by Berman Contemporary.

Instagram: @mellaney.coza

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