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

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. 

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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

  • Buy a hardcover or softcover version  HERE
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  • Read an article about the book in I.D Mag
  • Read the foreword by Chris McAuliffe HERE
  • Buy Punk Journey merchandise on Red Bubble HERE
In 2004 Melynda von Wayward picked up a camera for the first time and decided to reinvent herself as a photographer in order to capture and document the contemporary Melbourne punk scene.  She soon realised that she not only loved taking photos of this colourful and vibrant subculture, but that she also enjoyed taking photos of other interesting people as well, culminating in the creation of a photographic business called 'Melynda Photographer  ‘Capturing the Essence of You’. Melynda's specialty has been creative portrait shots for individuals, couples and families, headshots and folio shots for actors and models, promotional shots for bands, performance groups, and businesses, and a niche market in alternative people (punks, people with tattoos and piercings).
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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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