Heidi Melamed

1 Chris Bang Crescent Vaucluse NSW 2030

T 02 9337 1212

M 0410 439 243

E heidi.melamed@y7mail.com

Place & year of birth

Born Johannesburg South Africa 1964

Currently lives and works in Sydney.



College of Fine Arts UNSW

MArt Painting by Course Work


National Diploma in Graphic Design

Technical College Witwatersrand, South Africa

Distinction in History of Graphic Design


High School Certificate, ohannesburg School of Art Ballet Music and Drama, Distinction in Art and Graphic Art


2006 – 2013                            Artbeat

I initiated “Artbeat” [1], a bi-Annual Art Competition and Exhibition at Moriah College (Queens Park). An art competition for Middle and High School Students including an Adult category. I helped implement an Artist in Residence program in 2008. The Adult Category known as the Eva Breuer Memorial Art prize has a value of $5000. As Convenor of ‘Artbeat’, I oversee all aspects of the event including sponsorship for the fund raising component, marketing, public relations, selecting judges, curating and managing the Artbeat committee.

2005 – 2013                            Shalom Gamarada Ngiyani Yani

I was invited to be on the organizing committee for ‘Shalom Gamarada Ngiyani Yani’ [2], an annual Aboriginal Art Exhibition held at Shalom College, UNSW. A percentage of profits from the Art Exhibition fund Residential Scholarships for Aboriginal Medical Students. The program has grown enormously and we currently have 22 full time students enrolled and to date three graduates have qualified as doctors. As well as Marketing and Public Relations, website development, curatorial advice, sales and administration this experience has given me unique opportunities [3]. A Community Art Award of $15 000 awarded to the winning ‘community’ with the best body of work, was introduced in 2011 called the Glencore Community Art Prize. The second award is being presented on the 18th November 2013 [4].

2008                                       Kesher Gamarada

I initiated: ‘Kesher Gamarada’ [5], a twinning Program between Moriah College and Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community in NT. This program offered students the chance to engage with Aboriginal communities and facilitated a cultural dialogue through art and education. Barbara Weir was the Artist in Residence and conducted workshops with the school students across all years [6].

2003                                       NSW Friends of Bezalel

I Curated my first Exhibition for the NSW Friends of Bezalel Mary Place Paddington. NSW Friends of Bezalel supports local Sydney artists and musicians in raising funds to provide scholarships for students to attend the Bezalel Art School in Israel.

Patron: Dr Gene Sherman.

2002 – 2003                            ArtAbout

I initiated an “Artist’s Market” at Fox Studios (Entertainment Quarter). At the time, a unique and exciting concept for Sydney: An outdoor art exhibition of emerging artists displaying their work for sale direct to the public.

1994 – 1996                            Taught Art to primary school children.


1992 – 1999                            Hey D Design Pty Ltd

Director of own Graphic Design business in Rose Bay

Responsible for all Client liaison, design and project and print management, staff management and all aspects of running a small business. Specialized in below the line brochures, packaging and corporate identity

1989 – 1992                           RDA Creative, Graphic Designer and studio manager

1988                                       DMB&B Advertising, Art Director

1987                                       Mojo MDA, Art Director

1986                                       BBDO Advertising Agency, South Africa, Junior Art Director

1985                                       A member of the Artists Market Association painted and sold my                  artworks at various venues around Johannesburg, supporting myself through college.



Nominated by the Shalom Institute UNSW, the host of the Shalom Gamarada program for my service to Indigenous Art and Health and received a JCA Volunteer Award.



Jacob Max – Your World: Published a book of my family history under the guidance of the Sydney Jewish Museum. I presented this book to my son in honor of his Barmitzvah.

Melamed, H. (2008). Jacob & Max Your World. Sydney: Sydney Jewish Museum.


Upcoming in Nov 2013

ArtHop[7] – Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November, a free event inviting the public to join in an ‘ArtHop” hopping from artists studio to studio in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

Cofa – Annual Exhibition 2013: Nov 29th – Dec 9th.

Blacktown City Art prize: 7th Dec – 23rd January 2014.


East/West of Eden Exhibition, B’nai B’rith: 18th – 25th August.

The Kings 34th Annual Art Show:  23rd – 25th August.


Windsor & Newton Art Prize, Masters by Course Work, COFA Gallery.

Blacktown City Art Prize, Painting “Organic Parabola Orange” acquired by the Ford Land Company.


Eilleen Rogoff Studio Exhibition, Bondi Pavilion Gallery.


Attended many Workshops and lectures at the AGNSW. Abstract painting with Peter Griffith.

Waverley Woollahra Art centre: Painting with Stavros, Abstract painting with Julia Holmes a Court, Print making with Andrew Totman and mixed media with Pam Cowper.

Painted with Eilleen Rogoff for two years at her Studio in Watson’s Bay.

Audrey Rhoda: workshops in oils and encaustic.


Traveled to Arnhem Land with the AGNSW exploring the remote communities of Yirrkala, Elcho Island, Maningrida and Melville Island. Guest Speakers Hetti Perkins, Jonathan Jones, Colin & Liz Laverty and Anthropologist Howard Morphy.


Passionate Art Enthusiast and Collector

Movies, Theatre and Travel

A member of the AGNSW and the MCA

Have NSW Maritime Boat License


[2] Shalom Gamarada, About,  www.shalomgamarada.org,

[3] Bob Gosford, 29 June 10, How to really close the gap – the Shalom Gamarada Scholarships, http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2010/06/29/how-to-really-close-the-gap-the-shalom-gamarada-scholarships/,

[5] Henry Benjamin, Moriah students meet top Aboriginal artist, J-Wire Jewish online News from Australia and new Zealand, http://www.jwire.com.au/news/moriah-students-meet-top-aboriginal-artist/3871,

Moriah students meet top Aboriginal artist, posted by Aboriginal Art Directory 13/08/09, Aboriginal art news, http://news.aboriginalartdirectory.com/2009/08/moriah-students-meet-top-aboriginal-artist.php,

[6] Sarzin, A. & Miranda-Sarzin, L. (2010). Hand in Hand, Jewish and Indigenous people working together, Moriah twins with Yuendumu (p.85). NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.