Melissa Scallan is a London-based writer, adviser and speaker specialising in contemporary art. As a freelance journalist, she writes primarily for Hedge - a luxury magazine for London's hedge fund community - creating its regular 5-7 page art column. She also writes copy and content for other magazines, for artists, gallery publications and websites. She provides advice on art purchases, delivers talks and tours on art, and is a Secret Art Prize judge.
Melissa is as interested in the artists as much as their artwork and likes to understand who they are, where they've come from, their background and experiences, their inspirations and motivations, and their hopes and aspirations for the future. Wherever possible, Melissa interviews the artist to uncover something about them, their work or the creative processes involved, which wouldn't have been revealed through desk research alone.
Melissa has a Master's degree in psychology, a background in research and public relations, and a passion for art.
Melissa is the author of Starting University: What to Expect, How to Prepare, Go and Enjoy. It's an up-to-date, practical and easy-to-read book for students preparing for university in the UK.
Please don't hesitate to contact Melissa if you have any questions or if she can provide you with any help or advice.