CDU art graduates eclectic show brings 'happy'ness to Darwin 

CDU visual arts graduates Mel Macklin and Emma Long

Charles Darwin University visual arts graduates Mel Macklin and Emma Long are holding their first exhibition since their recent graduation.

The art show, entitled ½ baked cupcake at the lawn sale is opening at Happy Yess on Thursday, 4 September and is described by the artists as “an elaborate collection of whimsy, observation and memory”.

Mel and Emma both studied at CDU, first completing their Bachelor of Visual Arts before continuing on to complete Graduate Diplomas in Secondary Education. The two young local artists both agree that CDU’s unique location and regionally focused curriculum helped them significantly develop their teaching and art practice, in addition to helping them build links to Darwin’s thriving art community.

The two now teach art, textiles and digital media at Dripstone Middle School where school Principal, Lyn Elphinstone describes them as “innovative and exciting teachers who inspire students to produce wonderful designs and creations”.

Mel and Emma’s exhibition will showcase their talent in a wide range of artistic media. The works include artist dolls, jewellery, drawings, paintings, photographs and some unique collaborative pieces that blend their exquisite styles.

Both are proud to hold their exhibition at emerging community music and arts venue Happy Yess which Chairperson and CDU PhD student Gretchen Ennis describes as a vibrant, friendly and totally rockin’ venue.

“Happy Yess takes great pleasure in supporting Territory arts, and we are really excited about Mel and Emma’s new work,” Gretchen said.

All are welcome to attend the exhibition opening which runs from 7pm – midnight, Thursday, 4 September at Happy Yess, 5 Bennett St, Darwin City.

Under 18’s are welcome until 8pm. Works are for sale and will be on show until September 27.