Danielle Smelter


I am a Melbourne-based artist, curator, sometimes writer and forever a researcher.

I work primarily with photography, video, and performance to explore psychological manifestations of my environment. Recent projects focused on domestic isolation and unseen and unpaid care work that occurs in the private sphere. I delved into the space of affect and trauma through the use of repetition, simple gestures and performativity. I am currently focused on expanding my work on economies of care and mutuality.

Danielle Smelter

lives and works Melbourne


Master of Arts (Photography), Photography Studies College

Master of Arts (Cultural Materials Conservation), University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts (Visual Culture), Monash University

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 Trocadero Arts Space, Footscray

2019 STACC Gallery, St Albans

Group Exhibitions:

2019 CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy

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

Live performance:

2019 Bound and Honey Honey, One Night in Footscray, Trocadero Art Space

2019 Impossible Economies, Testing Grounds, Melbourne


2019 Testing Grounds, New work development

Grants and Awards:

2019 Studio Brunswick Most Compelling Symbolist Work, CCP Salon

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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