Heidi Yardley is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art majoring in painting in 1995 at Monash University. From 1996 to 2000 she was a committee member and artist in residence at Roar Studios, an artist run initiative in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Yardley also completed an Honours Degree in Drawing at RMIT in 1999 and a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2002 at Melbourne University. Yardley has taught Portraiture, Painting and Drawing at Roar Studios, Swinburne University and the Melbourne School of Art.
Since 1998 Yardley has held twelve solo exhibitions and has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions throughout Australia. She has been a finalist in a number of high profile competitions including The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2000, 2002, 2004), The Mosman Art Prize (2001), The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2009, 2011) The John Leslie Art Prize (2012) and The Archibald Prize (2013, 2014). Yardley has been invited to exhibit in significant group exhibitions including Neo-Goth: Back in Black at The University of Queensland Art Museum (2008), Post Chrysalis at Sullivan and Strumpf (2008), The University of Queensland National Artists Self-Portrait Prize (2010), NOTFAIR- a satellite Art Fair (2010) and The Melbourne Art Fair (2012). In 2011 Yardley was awarded an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant as well as the Dame Joan Sutherland Award to undertake a two-month residency in New York. Yardley's work has been acquired extensively by private Collectors in Australia and overseas and has also been acquired by major institutions including The University of Queensland Art Museum, The BHP Billiton Collection, Gippsland Art Gallery and The Methodist Ladies' College Collection. Yardley is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane and Arthouse Gallery in Sydney.