Melissa Mitchell (b. 1996) is a visual artist from Johnstone, working across Glasgow and Renfrewshire. She graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Communication Design, where her practice became increasingly lens-based. Since graduating she has spent time establishing a socially engaged freelance practice, collaborating on hyperlocal community-driven projects in addition to pursuing her own fine art practice. She is also a member of both Fresh Focus at Stills Centre for Photography and the New Photographer's Guild at Streetlevel Photoworks.

Continuing Professional Development

2021-present, Participatory Arts Short Course, Glasgow Connected Arts Network

2021, Eco Darkroom, Stills Centre for Photography, Online

2020-present, Mentorship at The New Photographer’s Guild, Streetlevel Photo works, Glasgow


2020, Creative Scotland VACMA Graduate Bursary for Continued Professional Development 

2020, Shortlisted, The John Byrne Award for a Connection to Something Greater

2018, Selected International Winner, From Helsinki with Love, Helsinki Photo Festival

Exhibitions & Commissions

 2021, Glasgow Women’s Library, Female in Focus Photography Sessions as part of the Making Her Mark Programme, Online

2020, Renfrewshire Leisure, Artists & Residents Project, Photographic Newspaper Ah Ken’t yer Faither, Paisley 

2020, Interactions of Colour: Little Works, Big on Colour (Online), RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow

2020, Embody without Burden: A Celebration of Motherhood, RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow

2019, Renfrewshire Leisure, Social Engagement Documentary Images, Paisley

2019, Renfrewshire Leisure, Christmas Decoration Documentary Images, Paisley

2019, Jenny Grant Carrol, Composite Knit Documentary Images, Glasgow

2019, Men’s Shed: Portraits from Shelter Scotland’s Foxbar Men’s Shed by Melissa Mitchell, POP Community Arts & Events Space, Paisley ­

2019, Working Title II, Fresh Focus at Stills, Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh

2019, Shelter Scotland 50th Anniversary Photography Exhibition, The Central Library, Edinburgh

2019, Shelter Scotland 50th Anniversary Photography Exhibition, The Steeple Church, Dundee

2019, Shelter Scotland 50th Anniversary Photography Exhibition, The Usual Place, Dumfries

2019, Shelter Scotland 50th Anniversary Photography Exhibition, The Central Library, Aberdeen

2018, Shelter Scotland 50th Anniversary Photography Exhibition, The Mitchell Library, Glasgow

2018, Helsinki Photo Festival, Galleria Futura, Helsinki

2018, Julia Psilitelis, House Guests Exhibition & Art Walk Documentary Images, Glasgow 

2018, Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow­

2017, Work in Progress, Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow 

2017, Prismatic Winds, Promotional Images, Glasgow 

2017, Epilogue, 3/4, The Barra’s Art and Design Centre, Glasgow  

2017, Disciplined, An Exhibition, The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow

2016, Comma, The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow 

2015, Pinhole Peepshow, Bourdon Building, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow  

2013, Inspired, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Voluntary Projects

2019–2020, Art & Photography Group Volunteer, The Sunshine Recovery Café, St Mathew’s Church, Paisley

2018-2019, Shelter Scotland 50th Anniversary Photographic Essays, The Men’s Shed and Portraits of Shop Volunteers

Using Format