Melinda Young

Associate Lecturer

My studio-based craft & research practice spans jewellery, textiles, installation and interactive public art projects. I have exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally, participating in over 200 group and solo exhibitions since 1997 including recent solo exhibitions in Bangkok and Sydney. My work is held in public collections in Australia and overseas and included in numerous publications.

My professional experience in the contemporary craft and design field since 1999 has included gallery management, curatorial projects and writing commissions. I have been teaching for 20 years in community and tertiary education institutions including Enmore Design Centre (TAFE NSW), Sydney College of the Arts. Since 2015 I have been working with the Indigenous Jewellery Project, running workshops in communities and at Aboriginal Art Centres including Buku Larrnggay Mulka (NT), Ernabella (APY Lands) and Gab Titui Cultural Centre (Thursday Island). In 2020 I received an APA Scholarship to undertake a PhD in the School Of Geography & Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong. I have worked at UNSW Art & Design sessionally since 2002 and as an Associate Lecturer since 2017. 

Creative Written Works
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Young M, 2020, Everything and Nothing : Jewellery Beyond Adornment, Australian Design Centre, https://australiandesigncentre.com/madeworncontemporaryjewellery/essays-made-worn/everything-and-nothing-jewellery-beyond-adornment/
2020
Curatorial Outputs
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Cahill L; Craswell P; Murray K; Hancock-Davis M; Young M, 2020, made/worn - Australian Contemporary Jewellery, exhibited at: Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW 30 June - 16 August 2020 Artisan, QLD 28 August - 10 October 2020 Cairns Art Gallery, QLD 23 October 2020 - 31 January 2021 Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW 20 February - 2 May 2021 Australian Design Centre, NSW 20 May - 7 July 2021 Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW 17 July - 5 September 2021 JamFactory, SA 9 December 2021 - 13 February 2022 Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, TAS 18 March – 15 May 2022 Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, VIC 4 June – 27 August 2022, - , https://australiandesigncentre.com/madeworncontemporaryjewellery/
2020
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Young M, 2020, Arcus/Adrift, isolate/make: Creative resilience in a Pandemic, Australian Design Centre, Sydney, 26 November 2020 - 27 January 2021, medium: Driftwood, marine debris, 925 silver, brass, bronze, at: https://australiandesigncentre.com/object-digital/isolate-make/
2020
Young M, 2018, The scent of you... (Collection of 5 neckpieces), ReminiSCENT, May Space, 25 July 2018 - 11 August 2018, medium: Contemporary Jewellery, at: https://www.mayspace.com.au/details.php?exhibitionID=524
2018
Young M, 2018, Groundfall Lei, Island Welcome, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 02 June 2018 - 30 July 2018, medium: Found shell lei, oxidides 925 silver, at: http://www.craft.org.au/island-welcome
2018
Young M, 2018, Future Relic, National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2018, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW & Touring to Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, 10 August 2018 - 23 September 2018, medium: Marine plastics, multifilament fishing line, brass, at: https://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/gallery/page.asp?p=DOC-WOA-06-81-62
2018
Young M, 2018, Sea Sketches (a collection of 5 neckpieces), Seashape, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 04 September 2018 - 06 October 2018, medium: Found marine plastics, brass, 925 silver
2018
Young M, 2018, Landlines (I-Land Home) Installation, Landlines (I-Land Home), Atta Gallery, 4,6 Soi Charoenkrung 36 Charoenkrung Rd Bangkrak, Bangkok, Thailand, 07 September 2018 - 02 October 2018, medium: Mixed media including: Grasses, raffia, jute, wool, linen thread, fine silver, copper, coloured pencil, paint, at: http://attagallery.com/home/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=236:herman&Itemid=55
2018
Young M, 2017, Landlines Vessels, Saltbush, Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art GAllery, 13 June 2017 - 30 August 2017, medium: Raffia, wool, grasses, at: https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/explore/regional-art-gallery/pro-hart-outback-art-prize
2017
Young MH, 2016, Off the Wall by Melinda Young, Atta Gallery, Bangkok, 10 February 2016 - 27 March 2016, at: http://attagallery.com/home/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=184:off-the-wall-mel&Itemid=55
2016
Young MH, 2016, Off the Wall solo exhibition by Melinda Young, Off the Wall by Melinda Young, Atta Gallery, Bangkok, 10 February 2016 - 27 March 2016, medium: Contemporary Jewellery, at: http://attagallery.com/home/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=184:off-the-wall-mel&Itemid=55
2016
Young MH, 2016, National Contemporary Jewellery Award, National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith NSW, 13 August 2016 - 11 September 2016
2016
Young MH, 2016, Mari Funaki Contemporary Jewellery Award, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Mari Funaki Contemporary Jewellery Award, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, 24 August 2016 - 24 September 2016, at: http://galleryfunaki.com.au/exhibitions/2nd-mari-funaki-award-for-contemporary-jewellery/
2016
Young MH, 2016, Grow your own, Grown Your Own, Craft ACT, Canberra, ACT, 09 September 2016 - 22 October 2016, at: https://craftact.org.au/blogs/past-exhibitions/grown-your-own
2016
Young MH, 2014, A Fine Possession, A Fine Possession - Jewellery & Identity, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences - Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW, 24 September 2014 - 22 May 2016, at: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/jewellery/
2014
Journal articles
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Young M, 2020, 'Mapping the Tideline', Garland, https://garlandmag.com/loop/mapping-the-tideline/
2020

2020 - APA Scholarship, University of Wollongong

2019 - Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, UNSW 

2006 - Profile Award for Established Artist, Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group fo Australia (JMGA) NSW

I have been teaching in the tertiary sector and community education for 20 years. My teaching career has focussed on contemporary jewellery, craft and design practice. I have experience in studio-based teaching as well as underpinning technique, history, theory, conceptual and professional practice. My teaching practice is built on a foundation of openness, curiosity, kindness and the importance of creating a respectful, inclusive community of practice that embraces diversity. 

Since 2015, my teaching and research practice has extended to working with Indigenous artists on Country at Art & Cultural Centres around Australia as part of The Indigenous Jewellery Project, this is a nation-wide jewellery project managed by curator, writer and gallerist Emily McCulloch-Childs. I was invited to work on the project due to the use of natural materials and environmental narratives in my studio-based research practice. My involvement with the Indigenous Jewellery Project over the past 5 years has certainly had an effect on my broader teaching and research practice. Within the field of contemporary jewellery practice in Australia, there is an elevation of the importance to look to nature and repurposed materials. This runs parallel to my experiences of working alongside Indigenous artists, particularly at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka in Yirrkala where an understanding of the importance of place to material choices and narratives is coupled with the imperative that materials should come from place, from the land. My experiences of working as a guest on Country have heightened my sensitivity and awareness about the importance of Country and place, and raised questions in my research around how displacement is experienced in the work of artists with migrant backgrounds.