Mela Cooke

Born in Victoria, educated at University of Melb & University of Qld.  Worked as a Physiotherapist in own private practice 25 years. 

Art education :

Studied at Brisbane Institute of Art with Frank Lambert 1991-1993 and continued at his private classes 1993-2014.  Studied marble sculpting with Graham Radcliffe 1998-2000.

Studied marble sculpting with Italian sculptor Giovanni Balderi 2000 

President of Sculptors Qld 2015,2016 

Vice President Sculptors Qld 2017,2018,2019 

Exhibitions Record: Group exhibitions regularly between 1992 and 2019 in Brisbane and Melbourne, also London 2003. Solo exhibition Brisbane 2002, Sydney 2016, 

2018 Exhibition ‘Wild Forms’, Urban Paradise Gallery Brisbane, Sept 1-16 

Collections: private collections in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, France, USA, UK, Belgium, HK, Shanghai. 


1999 Winner Comerford Stone Sculpting Award. 

1997-2003 Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition, prizes in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003. 

2000-2017 Sculptors Qld Exhibition, prizes in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005,2009, 2012, 2016, 2017,2018. 

2010, Livelife Villages Exhibition Sculpture 1st prize 

2011, Livelife Villages Exhibition Sculpture 2nd prize 

2011 Nundah village Art Exhibion 1st prize sculpture, 

2012 Nundah Art Exhibition 2nd prize sculpture 

2012 Nudgee College Art Festival 1st prize sculpture 

2013 Nundah Art Exhibition Sculpture 2nd prize 

2013 Nudgee College Art Festival 2nd prize sculpture 

2014 Nundah Art Exhibition Sculpture 2nd prize sculpture 

2014 Royal Qld Exhibition 1st prize Sculpture 

2016 Royal Qld Exhibition Highly Commended 

2015 Sculptor for the Maryborough(Q’ld) Sculpture Trail, six bronzes. 

2016 Sculptor of seven life size bronzes for Maryborough’s Sculpture Trail 

2016 Sculpture on the Edge’ SpicersTamarind 2016 Highly Commended 

2017 Sculptor of eleven bronze sculptures for Maryborough Sculpture Trail 

2017 Sculptor for life size Mother Dingo & Pups at Hervey Bay Qld 

2017 Girt By Sea Outdoor Sculpture Award, Redland Bay 1st prize 

2017 Royal Qld Exhibition 1st prize & Highly Commended Sculpture 

2017 Royal Qld Exhibition Grand Champion Sculptor 

2018 Finalist Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula, Vic 

2018 Winner of the Family Choice Award Montalto Sculpture Prize Vic 

2018 Winner Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition 

2018 Winner of the ‘Volunteers Choice’ Award Stanthorpe Art Prize 

2018 Finalist Artentwine Sculpture Biennial Tas 

2018 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Indoor Sculpture 

2018 Royal Qld Exhibition 1st prize Outdoor Sculpture 

2018 Winner Wynnum Manly Yacht Club Sculpture Exhibition 

2018 Winner People’s Choice Sculptors Qld Annual Exhibition 

2019 Finalist Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula Vic Feb 24 2019 

2019 Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition 2nd prize 

2019 Winner George Verine Memorial Prize,Sculptors Qld Annual Exhibition 

2019 Winner 3D Award Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Award 

2019 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Outdoor Sculpture 

2019 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Representational Sculpture 

Represented by : Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Qld 

Stony Creek Gallery, Daylesford , Vic 

Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay NSW 

Manyung Gallery Group, Sorrento, Vic 

Gallery Salamanca, Hobart, Tas 

Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW. 

Gallery Beneath, Mooloolaba, Qld 

Nissarana Galleries Noosa Heads Qld 


Email: melacooke@bertrand.