Danielle Smelter


Danielle Smelter is a Melbourne-based visual artist working primarily with photography, video and performance. She is interested in the manifestation of psychological states in our everyday lives. Reflecting upon themes of disconnect and tension in relationships and urban environments, her work is often self-referential.

Danielle’s body of photographic work has been exhibited in The National Photography Prize at MAMAlbury, the Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women, the Photobook Melbourne Photo Award. She is currently undertaking a Master of Arts (Photography) through Photography Studies College.

Danielle Smelter

lives and works Melbourne


Master of Arts, Photography Studies College (currently)

Master of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts, Monash University


2019 Trocadero Arts Space, Footscray (forthcoming Nov)

2019 STACC Gallery, St Albans 

2017 Sweet FA, Due West Festival, The Artists Guild Studio exhibition Tea and Sandwiches, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray 

2017 Giving Form, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray

2016-17 White Christmas Wonderland, Arnold Street Gallery, Bendigo 

2016 Subterranean, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne 

2016 MAMAlbury National Photographic Prize (finalist) 

2016 Make Space | Hold Space | Claim Space, Bluestone Church, Footscray 

2016 Photobook Melbourne Photo Award, Boyd School Studios, Melbourne

2015 Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women (finalist), Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda


2019 Testing Grounds, New work development 

Grants and Awards:

2019 Brimbank City Council, Art Spaces Activation Partnership Funding 


Danielle Smelter, Connected, exhibition essay, Arts West, 2019

Danielle Smelter, 'The Outlook You Gain Over Neighbouring Fences...' in Another Look: Contemporary Artists and the Collection, The Town Hall Gallery, Boroondara, 2017

Danielle Smelter, Mother in Edition II - Sleepover Club, 2016 

Susie Blake, Emily Raubenheimer and Danielle Smelter, Make Me Visible - 21st-century breastfeeding in Bubba West Magazine issue 4, pg. 5, 2015.

Danielle Smelter, Sunny Side Up, commissioned essay for Cristy Gilbert and Anna Simic, 2014.

DanielleSmelter, Sites of ExChange in Michael Shiell, Trace: Exploring Select Recent Documents, exhibition catalogue, 2011.

Danielle Smelter, Jill Orr: Works from the Wimmera, exhibition catalogue, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, 2010.

Danielle Smelter, Michael Shiell: Sites of ExChange, Times Four exhibition catalogue for Art is... elemental Festival, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, 2010.

Danielle Smelter, Photographer as Provocateur in Contemporary Indigenous Photography, exhibition catalogue, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, 2010.

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