Yandell Walton is a Melbourne-based artist whose work encompasses projection, installation, and interactive digital media. Through work that melds architectural space with the projected image, Yandell has become recognised for her public projection works that merge the actual and the virtual to investigate notions of impermanence in relation to environmental, social and political issues.
In 2005 Yandell completed a Masters of Fine Arts by coursework at RMIT and in 2014 she completed a Masters of Fine Arts by Research at Victorian College of the Arts. Yandell has been the recipient of numerous grants from the City of Melbourne and the City of Yarra to produce an extensive body of public artworks; and her work has been commissioned for public projects in Frankston (2006), Albury City (2010), Townsville (2014), Melbourne (2014 & 2015), Wagga Wagga (2016).
Yandell’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and non-traditional public spaces including Light City Festival Baltimore (2016), Digital Graffiti Florida (2015), Experimenta Speak to Me (Melbourne & Brisbane 2012-14), PUBLIC Festival Perth (2014), Melbourne Festival (2012), VIVID Festival Sydney (2013), ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art 2013) and White Night Festival Melbourne (2013/15), amongst others.
Awards include the National Gallery Of Victoria Women’s Association Award (2014), Best of Show Award Digital Graffiti (2015), The Windsor Prize (2014), Highly commended Sunshine Coast New Media Art Award (2015), Special Recognition Digital Graffiti (2016), Best Video Work, Centre for Contemporary Photography Salon (2014) and the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award.
Yandell has received grants to travel overseas from the Australia Council (2006 & 2008) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2015), to undertake residencies and exhibit site-specific works in Berlin, Germany (Transit Lounge, 2007), Florida, US (Digital Graffiti, 2015), and New York, US (The Gershwin Hotel, 2009 and The Centre for Holographic Arts, 2015).
Alongside her creative practice Yandell is a passionate advocate for projection art. She facilitates community development projects, workshops and masterclasses in projection art, and has collaborated with community groups from refugee backgrounds, indigenous communities and disadvantage youth. Yandell is a board member of The Gertrude Projection Association, and volunteers for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival in many roles, including co-curating the festival in 2014 and 2015 and the newly formed Centre for Projection Art curating art projects.