Hi, I’m NancyDee

I am a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer in Melbourne, Australia. I create wall sculptures, 3D sculptures and brooches from metal, wood, tiles and plastic that I pick up off the streets of cities where I live or travel. 

My art is inspired by a strong interest in sustainability through repurposing and upcycling. My works have been described variously as ‘quirky’, ‘imaginative’, ‘environmentally aware’, ‘industrial’ and ‘geometric’ – and occasionally, even ‘beautiful’.

In Australia my brooches and wall sculptures are available through Incube8r Gallery in Fitzroy and online, the How Exciting (the Proudkind Melbourne pop-up shop and gallery at 512 Elizabeth Street across from the Queen Victoria Market), and Dimora Designs at the Fyansford Paper Mill in Geelong. Joel Gallery in Altona also carries my smaller wall sculptures.

Current Exhibitions and Markets

Decay (group exhibition)
Studio Gallery, The Old Auction House, 52-56 Mollison Street, Kyneton VIC
20 June – 8 July 2024

Take 2 (exhibition of joint works with Creativity Cluster artists Pat Duncan and Julia Zoellner)
Display cases in the North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne
21 June – 31 August 2024

Resilience in Major Sectors (group online exhibition based on the Think Resilience course produced by the Post-Carbon Institute)
What’s Next for Earth, Millenium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere, Stanford University, California.
Online here or here from April 10 2024.

A4 Art Australia (group show as part of the Herring Island Summer Festival)
Herring Island Gallery, presented by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria. Held 2 March – 1 April 2024, but available online. My works are numbers 310-312.

Meeting Essential Community Needs (online group exhibition)
What’s Next for Earth, Millenium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere, Stanford University, California, USA
Online from 6 January 2024

Eden Unearthed (outdoor sculpture exhibition)
Eden Gardens, 307 Lane Cover Road, Macquarie Park, NSW
31 October 2023 – 30 April 2024. See video above. Blog describing the show coming soon.

Forthcoming Events 2024

Incognito Art Show (group exhibition of small works)
410 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW
13-14 July 2024, followed by online exhibition

Sustainability (MAVA exhibition)
The Memo, Healesville
4 October – 24 November 2024

Introducing River Studios (exhibition by River Studios artists)
How Exciting Gallery, 152 Elizabeth Street (across from the Queen Victoria Market)
November 2024

See previous solo and group exhibitions.

Nancy Lane Turns Street Scraps into Streetscapes, Market to Melrose podcast interview with Tom Rigby

Instagram reel about my exhibition Zero Waste: Doing It Imperfectly at the Belconnen Regional Arts Centre

Youtube video interview about the creation and installation of the outdoor sculpture Termite Mound Revisited at Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park, NSW

Faces of West Melbourne: Nancy D Lane, article on the West Melbourne Neighbourhood Portal on the City of Melbourne website


Follow me on Instagram at @nancydeesculptures  and  @nancydeebrooches.

I am also the facilitator for Creativity Cluster. You can view the Creativity Cluster website or follow us on Instagram at @creativitycluster.

Recent Blog Posts

See all blog posts.

Interview about the creation and installation of my outdoor sculpture, Termite Mound Reimagined. On display until 30 April 2024 in the group exhibition, Eden Unearthed, at Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park, NSW
View the Instagram reel created by the Belconnen Arts Centre about my exhibition Zero Waste
Seedbank, in my solo exhibition Zero Waste: Doing It Imperfectly, at the Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT in October-November 2023
City of Gold 12: Rolling River, exhibited at Playstate Curate Gallery, Newcastle. A feature of the Little Festival, 1-2 October 2022
Cha Cha Cha, found object assemblage in the solo exhibition In the Drawer: The Silver Lining, Melbourne City Library Gallery, 15 December 2021 – 9 March 2022
City Reimagined in the exhibition, Can Art Catalyze Change: Towards a New Greening, Social Art Award 2021. A photograph was featured in the book published by the Institute for Art and Innovation, Berlin.
Video created by Wei Jin. Filmed at River Studios, which is managed by Creative Spaces for the City of Melbourne
Video created by Natalia Palacio and Luke Seeka for broadcast on Channel 31 community television