Mel is the Art Centre Manager of Ernabella Art Inc, an Anangu led corporation in the remote Aboriginal community of Pukatja, SA. This role has developed her deeper understandings of the fusion of contemporary Anangu artists engaged in their traditional cultural storytelling. The role allows for the amplification and visibility of artistic excellence that exists in inaccessible areas of Australia by curating exhibitions, representing artwork at art fairs and festivals, recording cultural storytelling and engaging visitors with first-hand and authentic experiences with the Anangu artists. Prior to this she spent time in Ramingining, Arnhem Land at Bula’Bula Arts working with Yolngu.
Mel’s area of expertise is Australian craft and design. She worked for several years as the Curator at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, part of the network of Australian Craft and Design Centres, a group of peak organisations from all Australian states and territories that represent the professional craft and design sector. She curates innovative exhibitions that integrate, not separate, traditional and contemporary indigenous artists with the aim of giving Australian craft and design a holistic voice.
Mel is of Greek and Aboriginal heritage and was the recipient of the 2017 NIDA Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership.