Melinda Young Abridged CV

Selected Education
Master of Visual Arts, (Jewellery and Object Design), Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), University of Sydney
Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours, (Jewellery and Object Design), SCA

Selected Professional Experience
Casual Lecturer, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney; Jewellery workshops tutor Botanical Gardens, Sydney; An Unnatural History conference paper presented at JMGA Conference, State Library of QLD, Brisbane; Electric Dreams jewellery workshop facilitator, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Dust to Dazzle recycled jewellery workshop tutor Studio 20/17, Sydney; Jewellery from Natural Materials workshop tutor Pocket Studios, Queanbeyan, NSW; Art Forum Talk, ANU, Canberra; Gallery & exhibition installation assistant Brenda May Gallery, Sydney
ObjectLab workshop tutor, Sydney College of the Arts; Craft/jewellery workshops presented at: Object Gallery & Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; NSW; Exhibition Seminar presentation Craft, Melbourne; Exhibition typography design & installation, Object Gallery, Sydney
2011 - present 
Sessional Design Lecturer, Jewellery, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
Casual Lecturer (Semester 2) Sydney College of The Arts, University of Sydney; Co-curator unnatural acts, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, USA (exhibition tour to venues in New Zealand & Australia); unnatural, Naturally Workshop tutor JamFactory, Adelaide
2010 – 2013 
Gallery Assistant Object Australian Centre for Craft and Design
Guest Tutor, Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua, New Zealand; Speaker, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Craft Forum; unnatural, Naturally Workshop Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, Vic & Manukau School of Visual Art, Auckland, NZ; Workshop Coordinator & Jewellery Tutor, metalab, Sydney; Gallery Assistant, Studio 20/17; Education Kit Author, Excessory – Contemporary Australian Jewellery a Museums and Galleries NSW Travelling Exhibition; Jewellery Tutor, City East Community College, Sydney
Take a ball of thread... Workshop tutor metalab, Sydney & Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW; Artist talks: Pecha Kucha, Sydney; metalab, Sydney & JamFactory, Adelaide, SA; Artist talk & workshops, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
Recycling Plastics for Jewellery workshop with Mark Vaarwerk (participant), Uni SA, Adelaide
Artist talk, pecha kucha, Sydney; Assistant Project co-ordinator Yuka Oyama Schmuck Quickies, Sydney Design 07, Powerhouse Museum and Design Centre, Enmore
Exhibition Co-ordinator graduate metal X, JMGA Conference, Sydney
Full Time Teacher, Jewellery & Object Design, Design Centre, Enmore, TAFE NSW
Jewellery Teacher, Al Ain Education Zone Summer Challenge, TAFE Global (June – August), Al Maali Model School for Girls, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; Research assistant, Living Treasures – Masters of Australian Craft, Les Blakebrough : Ceramics, Object- Australian Centre for Craft and Design Touring exhibition; Research assistant, Woven Forms: Contemporary basket making in Australia, Object- Australian Centre for Craft and Design Touring exhibition; Exhibition co-ordinator and catalogue essay Contemporary Jewellery from Japan, Object Gallery Project Space, Sydney; Co-curator place JMGA Members exhibition, Object Gallery, Sydney; Research assistant Global Local exhibition, Object Gallery, Sydney and Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Curator: Forty, Object gallery, Sydney and metal element seven, Quadrivium, Sydney
Gallery Supervisor, Object, Australian Centre for Craft and Design
Jewellery Short Course Tutor, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
Curator: metal element six, Quadrivium, Sydney; Otto Kunzli Master Class Participant, SCA
Sessional Design Lecturer, Jewellery, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
Professional Practice Guest Lecturer, Object Art and Design Studio, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney; Exhibition Co-ordinator; Metal Element V, Quadrivium, Sydney; Forum Co-ordinator; Metal Element V, Sydney College of the Arts; Dieforming Workshop with Lee Marshall, Sydney College of the Arts; Dieforming Course, Sydney Community College
Jewellery Tutor, Eastern Suburbs Community College, Sydney
Casual Tutor, Object Art and Design Studio, Sydney College of the Arts & Pine St Creative Workshops, Sydney
Gallery and Exhibitions Assistant, Quadrivium, Sydney
Portfolio Preparation Course tutor, Sydney College of the Arts, Co-Curator, clean, Newspace Gallery, Sydney

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
The world is a pearl… Studio 20/17, Waterloo, Sydney, NSW; unnatural Tendencies, The National, Christchurch, NZ & Studio 20/17 Sydney (with Lauren Simeoni), Fruitopian Dreams, Curio Cabinet @ gaffa Gallery, Sydney NSW
unnatural Tendencies, Craft, Melbourne (with Lauren Simeoni)
Unnatural Tendencies, Fingers, Auckland, New Zealand; unnatural, Naturally, JamFactory, Adelaide (both with Lauren Simeoni)
threadworks, Pablo Fanque at the Sherman Art Foundation, Sydney; unnatural, Naturally, Quoil, Wellington & Masterworks, Auckland, New Zealand & Pieces of Eight, Melbourne (with Lauren Simeoni)
unnatural, Naturally, metalab, Sydney (with Lauren Simeoni); Take a ball of thread... Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Vic & Zu Design, Adelaide, SA
Take a ball of thread... Pablo Fanque, Sydney
New Work, e.g.etal, Melbourne, Vic

Selected Exhibitions since 2003 
(participant in over 135 group exhibitions in Australia overseas since 1997)
Artisans in the Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW; Fingers Annual Group Show, Fingers, Auckland, New Zealand; Earth to Earth, Ashes to Ashes, Studio 20/17, Waterloo, Sydney; Year of the Snake, The National, Christchurch, NZ; maker wearer matchmaker, Studio 20/17 & Annette Larkin Fine Art, Waterloo, NSW; Unnatural Acts, The National, Christchurch, NZ and Artisan, Brisbane, QLD & Studio 20/17, Waterloo; Unsettled: Recent Acquisitions of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia
2012 – 2013 
Life in your hands: Art from solastalgia, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, NSW and touring to galleries in New South Wales, Victoria, ACT, Queensland and South Australia curator Robyn Daw; Once more, with love, Workshop Bilk, Manuka, ACT; Studio 20/17, Waterloo; Northcity4, Melbourne 
20 Years: Rhianon Vernon-Roberts Collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA; The year was 2006, Studio 20/17, Waterloo, NSW; Unnatural Acts, Craft, Melbourne, VIC; Coffee, Studio 20/17, Waterloo; Make your mark, Breathing Colours, Balmain, NSW; Fingers Annual Group Show, Fingers, Auckland, New Zealand; In our nature, gaffa Gallery, Sydney; Profile, gaffa Gallery, Sydney
2011 – 2014 
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Artisan, Brisbane, QLD and National tour
2011 – 2012 
New! Contemporary Australian Decorative Arts, The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA; Woohooh! Contemporary Jewellery, Touring to galleries in Hong Kong, Sydney, Taipei & Bangkok
Unnatural Acts, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, USA; Pop-up, The National, Christchurch, New Zealand; Pieces of Fate, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne; Winter Neckpieces, Studio 20/17, Waterloo, NSW, The Art of Engagement, Objectspace, Auckland, NZ; Made in the World, Norwegian Museum of Art, Architecture & Design, Oslo, Norway and Touring Norway
2010 – 2011 
The Box Project, gaffa Gallery, Sydney; The See Here, Wellington & Masterworks, Auckland, NZ
Blue, Object Gallery, Sydney; metalab collective 5, metalab, Sydney; First & Last, gaffa Gallery, Sydney; Winter Brooches, Studio 20/17, Waterloo; By Example, The Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan; Fidelity, gaffa Gallery, Sydney; Profile, Studio 20/17, Sydney & JMGA Conference, Perth
Precious Pendants, Object Gallery, Sydney; Crafting Landscape, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW; le fil (The Thread), gaffa gallery; alter ego, gaffa gallery, Sydney
Winter Brooches, Studio 20/17, Waterloo, NSW; refashioning the fashion, Object Gallery, Sydney; recycled, renewed, reborn, Pablo Fanque, Sydney; Profile, National Wine Centre, Adelaide, SA & Horus & Deloris Gallery, Pyrmont, NSW; make_do, gaffa gallery, Sydney
Catch On 2, Seoul, Korea; 50 Brooches, Artisan, Brisbane, QLD; make_off, gaffa gallery, Sydney
Catch On, Zu Design, Adelaide, SA; maiden voyage, gaffa, Sydney 
Zuest, Zu Design, Adelaide, SA; The Ring, Katherine Kalaf Gallery, Cottesloe, WA; 29th Alice Craft Acquisition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT; Coastline, 1000° Gallery, Avalon, NSW
piece, Zu Design, Adelaide, SA; Conversations, Katherine Kalaf Gallery, Cottesloe, WA; For(4)m, Gallery onefivesix, Sydney; National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW; souvenir, e.g.etal, Melbourne; a life in the day of…, La Trobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary Wearables ’03, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD; a life in the day of…, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery; Bloom- Contemporary Southern Wearables, OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland & Stone Harbour, New Jersey, USA; sample, e.g.etal, Melbourne, Vic; The Ubiquitous Ring, Gallery onefivesix, Sydney

Selected Grants & Awards
2008 Profile Award 2008 - Established Artist, Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia NSW
2002 Post Graduate Research Funding Grant, University of Sydney

Public Collections
The Art Gallery of South Australia & Norwegian Museum of Art, Architecture & Design, Oslo, Norway

Selected Recent Publications
Suzanne Boccalatte & Meredith Jones (eds), Blood – Trunk Book Vol. 2, Boccalatte, Surry Hills, 2012
Stephanie Wood, ‘High Five – Handmade Jewellery’, The Sydney magazine – Sydney Morning Herald, 28 April 2011, p.32
Louise Schwartzkoff, ‘Hang in the Balance’, Spectrum – Sydney Morning Herald, 16-17 April 2011, p.26
Louise Schwartzkoff, ‘A Bit on the Slide’, Spectrum – Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 2010, p.16-17
Audio Design Museum: artist interview, profile and image. Curators Kate Rhodes & Vivianne Stappmanns for Object, Australian Centre for Craft & Design. Accessible online at:
Zoe Walker, ‘Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook’, Viva – The New Zealand Herald, 17 2010, p.21
Susan Kasson Sloan, 500 Plastic Jewellery Designs, Lark Books, Asheville NC, USA, 2009
Alice Blackwood, ‘Getting Hands On’, DQ (Design Quarterly), June/July 2009
Kelly Robson (ed), gaffa Book Part One, Published by gaffa Gallery, Sydney, 2009
Suzanne Boccalatte & Meredith Jones (eds), Hair – Trunk Book Vol. 1, Boccalatte, Surry Hills, 2009
Damian Skinner, The Icky and the Crappy – Considering Jewellery by Lisa Walker & Melinda Young, March 2009
Andy Lim (ed), The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellers, Darling Publications, Cologne & New York, 2009
Emily Howes, ‘Refashioning the Fashion’, object, #57, December 2008
Louise Martin-Chew, ‘The Great Materials Double Dip’, object, #46, pp.16-23