2020 - current PhD Candidate, School of Geography & Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong
2017 - Foundations of University Learning & Teaching Certificate (FULT), University fo NSW
2016 - Certificate III Floristry
2007 - Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education & Training, Charles Sturt University
2007 - Certificate IV Workplace Assessment & Training, Charles Sturt University
2002 - Master of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
1999 - Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
Melinda's studio-based craft & research practice spans jewellery, textiles, installation and interactive public art projects. She has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally, participating in over 200 group and solo exhibitions since 1997 including recent solo exhibitions in Bangkok and Sydney. Her work is held in public collections in Australia and overseas and included in numerous publications. In 2020 Melinda received an APA Scholarship to undertake a PhD in the School Of Geography & Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong.
Melinda's professional experience in the contemporary craft and design field since 1999 has included gallery management, curatorial projects and writing commissions. She has been teaching for 20 years in community and tertiary education institutions including Enmore Design Centre (TAFE NSW), Sydney College of the Arts. Since 2015 she has 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).
Melinda has taught at UNSW Art & Design sessionally since 2002 and as an Associate Lecturer since 2017.
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