A graduate of the ANU School of Art and Design she has worked with arts organisations both large and small, including the National Gallery of Australia, Gorman and Ainslie Arts Centres and Canberra Contemporary Art Space, and has curated a number of exhibitions and events for artist-run initiatives and public galleries.
Her work extends into arts festivals, including roles as co-director of Critical Animals, a creative research symposium taking place annually in Newcastle as a part of This Is Not Art, and as a founder of You Are Here, an annual experimental and cross-arts festival in Canberra, which she produced from 2010 to 2013 and again in 2018.
From 2013 to 2016 Yolande worked as a producer with Big hART, Australia’s leading arts and social change company, on their national suite of cross-art projects. Other work in the community arts and cultural development space includes her role as coordinator for Girls Rock! Canberra, an annual music education and mentorship program for girls, gender diverse and non-binary youth that was the first program of its kind in Australia.
Yolande currently works in arts policy and programming for artsACT, the ACT Government’s arts agency. She is a member of the Canberra Museum and Gallery advisory committee, and a member of the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council cultural development advisory committee.
Yolande’s writing extends from commentary and essays on the arts, culture and social history to fiction, memoir and poetry – explore recent works and the archive here.