Melynda von Wayward has spent 30 years working in the professional 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, Production Manager and Lighting Designer 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 cabaret events called Cabaret á La Mama. Melynda has been successful in writing and receiving many arts grants since her time as an Arts Manager, including grants for her own projects as well as for other arts organisations and individuals.
Melynda is the creator of Punk Journey - a multimedia website about the history pf the Melbourne punk scene. 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. 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.
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.
Punk a Photographic Journey: 2004 - 2007 is an 80 page photographic book that captures and celebrates the colour, style and attitude of the contemporary Melbourne (Australia) punk scene. Take a look inside and see gravity defying hairdos, handcrafted studded jackets, vibrant clothing and the anti-social attitude that goes hand in hand with being a punk. All of the images were taken by Melynda von Wayward at events like the infamous ‘Melbourne Punk Pub Crawl’ and other punk gigs around Melbourne between the years 2004 - 2007