Pig Melon is a volunteer-run gallery & project space, located at 181 Lord Street, Boorloo (Perth). We aim to provide a safe, welcoming and well-resourced environment for emerging and mid-career artists that enables the exploration and exchange of ideas, knowledge and skill. Above all Pig Melon aims to provide a nurturing and empowering experience for artists, audiences and facilitators.
Pig Melon acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, the traditional and rightful custodians of the land on which we operate. We recognise their strength and resilience and pay respect to their Elders past, present, future.
Pig Melon Team
Leigh Craft - Founder/Director
Leigh completed his undergraduate degree in Creative Industries (Major in Graphic Design, Minor in Photography) from Edith Cowan University/Monash University. He is a founding member of S.o.B (Studios on Bulwer), a shared creative working space where he currently resides, and works as a freelance graphic designer and art installation technician. Recent install projects include; FORM ‘Emergent Exhibition’ showcasing curators from Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group, Martumili Artists, Spinifex Hill Studio and Yinjaa-Barni Art, and Bruno Booth’s solo exhibition 'Body Shots', at Goolugatup Heathcote.
Leigh is a prolific and dedicated independent producer/musician, touring both nationally and abroad with his music projects. Leigh is passionate about developing partnerships with artists and artist-run-initiatives in order to help build and encourage a diverse and thriving arts community.
Luisa Hansal - Founder/Director
Luisa completed her Master of Fine Art (High Distinction) at RMIT University and was awarded the Lowensteins Arts Management Graduate prize in 2017. In 2012 she graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Arts, majoring in Visual Arts. Subsequent to graduating she was awarded a placement in the highly acclaimed annual HATCHED: National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and received a 6 week residency at the Edith Cowan University Printmaking studio. In 2014 Luisa underwent a three month artist residency in Berlin, Germany and in December 2016 she undertook a six week residency at PICA. Luisa has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Germany.
She currently works as a gallery officer at Goolugatup Heathcote, and is a founding member of S.o.B (Studios on Bulwer), a shared creative working space where she currently resides. Luisa is keenly interested in contributing to her local arts community and hopes to facilitate an inviting and nurturing space within the thriving arts ecology here in Perth through Pig Melon, as well as her dedicated contribution as an artist, arts worker and beyond.
Luisa is represented by sweet pea; an art gallery in Boorloo (Perth) on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar.
Liz Smith - Assistant Curator
Liz is a University of Western Australia graduate, receiving Honours in History of Art in 2019. She has varied industry experience working in three local institutions; Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (LWAG); Janet Holmes à Court Collection (JHaC); and most recently with the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).
She is dedicated to developing her practice, specifically through working with Perth-based artist-run-initiative, Pig Melon; contributing to the interdisciplinary journal for emerging researchers, Current; receiving mentorship from Kelly Fliedner; and taking up a position with the arts organisation Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA (AACWHA).
Liz hopes to expand her knowledge and curatorial practice through such experiences and foster new relationships and opportunities within the arts community.