Melissa Dines

Melissa Dines

“Doing the MFA has furthered my professional development as a lecturer, while breathing fresh life into my practice as an artist,” says MFA graduate Melissa Dines.

Melissa has been a part-time teacher in the Fine Arts undergraduate programme at Whitecliffe for nearly 10 years.

“I believe making art and teaching art are a perfect complement. Making art can be a very insular process, so it’s a huge privilege to be a part of a lively and invigorating creative community,” she says.

She says through Whitecliffe she has realized the more she knows about what is happening in the art world, locally and globally, the better equipped she is as an artist.

“If I am in the middle of a creative slump I read an art book or magazine, or visit a gallery, or force myself to sit down and make a whole lot of work until something of value emerges. “


Melissa Dines