Melanie Veasey is an art historian, studying twentieth-century art and visual culture in Britain. She is particularly interested in postwar figurative sculpture, artists’ conceptions of freedom, and the diversification of public patronage of the arts.
Melanie holds a PhD in Art History, the title of her thesis was ‘Reforming Academicians’, Sculptors of the Royal Academy of Arts, c.1948-1959. (2018, Loughborough University).
The research for her two Master’s degrees analysed ‘Humanising the Landscape: The outdoor placement of landscape sculpture and its aesthetic impact upon the viewer’ (Distinction. 2014, Buckingham University), which referenced key works by Henry Moore (1898-1986), Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) and Antony Gormley (1950-) and ‘European Management and Employment Law’ (1995, Leicester University); the later was the foundation for a successful international business career.
Melanie has presented research seminars for the Henry Moore Institute and the Paul Mellon Centre. She has catalogued artefacts for the Royal Academy of Arts, worked as an archive volunteer for the Henry Moore Foundation, organised educational lectures, resourced exhibitions and contributed to Chronicle250.com celebrating the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibitions.
Melanie is a member of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association and the Association for Art History.