Melynda von Wayward is an arts industry professional who has spent 20+ years working in the arts industry in many different capacities.  Her qualifications include a BA in Technical Production in Theatre (VCA) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management (University of Melbourne). 

During her time working in the professional Arts industry, Melynda has worked as a Stage Manager, Lighting Designer and Production Manager with many performing arts organisations including world class Australian companies Snuff Puppets and  Acrobat

Melynda  has also worked in an Arts  Management capacity at small to medium arts organisations including BRIGHTSPACE gallery and FortyfiveDownstairs as well as co-managing Australian Circus Artists.  Melynda was also part of the front of house team at La Mama Theatre for a decade where she produced a series of cabartet events called Cabaret  á La Mama. Melynda has been successful in writing and receiving many arts grants since her time as an Arts Manager. 

Melynda is the creator of a multimedia website called Punk Journey: The History of the Melbourne Punk Scene (1977-1987).  Melynda has also set up a not for profit organisation called the Society of Australian Punk (SOAP) to represent and support research and projects focusing on Australian punk subculture from 1977 until today. 

In 2014 Melynda curated Punk Journey: St Kilda + Beyond - an exhibition that documented St Kilda as the epicentre of the Melbourne punk scene from 1977-1987. Melynda has also self-published a book called Punk a Photographic Journey: 2004 - 2007 - an 80 page photographic book that captures and celebrates the colour, style and attitude of the  contemporary Melbourne (Australia) punk scene.

 In 2017 Melynda curated St Kilda’s Alright: The Fred Negro Experience - a retrospective and contemporary exhibition consisting of a visually rich pastiche of paintings, drawings, memorabilia, photos, history, film and music – celebrating the history and contribution of one of St Kilda’s most iconic artists and residents, Fred Negro.

Melynda has also written arts reviews for online publications Arts Hub and Toorak Times, as well as creating her own online media publication called Melbourne Arts Fashion. 

See Melynda's Arts CV below

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 "I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being part of the Fred Negro exhibition at the BRIGHTSPACE Gallery in St. Kilda last year which I was asked to officially open by Exhibition Coordinator, Melynda Von Wayward. Firstly, it was great to see such a legendary artist as Fred finally get some of the recognition he so rightly deserves after his illustrious 30 year plus career. I love it when we honour our own home-grown talent.

Secondly, as a former journalist who spent 25 years at News Limited covering the arts I can honestly say that the event was one of the best organized exhibitions I have ever been involved with. The opening was packed and I was truly amazed at such a large turnout. Melynda had obviously done her homework and put lots of time into this project and I would happily be involved with anything she ever organizes in the future. In fact it’s people like Melynda that the new Australian Music Vault at the Victorian Art Centre should be employing!" Paul Stewart (Lead singer - Painters and Dockers)
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