Education
Master of Fine Art (Visual Art), University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2013)
Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) (2008) with First Class Honours (Sculpture and Spatial Practice) (2011), University of Melbourne, VCA, Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (Art History & English Literature), La Trobe University, Melbourne (1999)

Solo Exhibitions
2015   Spherical Approximations, West Space, Melbourne
2014   Geodesic Envelopes, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, curated by Linda Michael
2013   Distension (Single File), Australia China Art Foundation Gallery, Melbourne
2012   Aggregate Elasticity, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne
2012   Acute Elasticity, Suite 7, Melbourne
2012   Replicate Elasticity, Ausin Tung Gallery Project Space, Melbourne
2011   Archimedes’s Approximation of π, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
2010   Sphericity, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne
2009   Infrastructural Variations, TCB art inc., Melbourne
2008   Architectonic Traces, Ocular Lab, Melbourne
2007   Mathematical Reasoning & the Physical Universe, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
2006   A=1⁄2(x1+x2)h, The Doll’s House, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017    9×5 Now, Margaret Lawrence Galleries at the VCA, Melbourne, curated by Elizabeth Gower
2017    Heavenly Daze, Mailbox Art Space, Melbourne, curated by Jake Treacy
2017    Radical Immanence, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, curated by Chantelle Mitchell
2016    Linear Momentum, Galerie am Körnerpark, Berlin, curated by Conny Becker
2015   Cutting Mirrors + Feeling Material, C3 Gallery, Melbourne, curated by Jon Butt and Benjamin Woods
2015   Linear Momentum, TCB art inc., Melbourne, curated by Conny Becker
2015    Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Galleries, Melbourne
2014   Holy Lands, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, curated by Jake Treacy
2014   Reunion, PICTURE BERLIN 2014 Festival, Lehrter Siebzehn, Berlin, curated by Lotte Møller
2013    Shift and Adjustment, LoBe, Berlin, Germany, curated by Conny Becker
2013    The View from Here, Tete, Berlin, Germany
2013    A Half Scene, XLY Museum of Modern Art, Chengdu, China, curated by Wei Yan
2013    Regimes of Value, The Substation and the Margaret Lawrence Galleries, Melbourne, curated by Elizabeth Gower
2012    We Are Here, Fabs Gallery, Zbludza, Poland
2011    Future Possible, Margaret Lawrence Galleries at the VCA, Melbourne, curated by Kim Donaldson
2011    Library Thoughts, Raday Konyveshaz & Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2011    Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Galleries, Melbourne
2011   Trace Elements (with Hannah Bertram), Blackfriars off Broadway Gallery, Sydney
2010    Far Point…, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney
2010    The Grass is Greener, Paradise Hills Gallery, Melbourne
2010    Cytoarchitecture, Techno Park Studios, Melbourne
2010    Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition, COFASpace, Sydney
2010    John Fries Memorial Prize Finalists Exhibition, Blackfriars off Broadway Gallery, Sydney
2010    Virion, Kelvin Grove Urban Screen Network, Brisbane
2009    Video-Vareo 3, Sub-Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2009    O to chodzi aby bylo rowno [I mean that there may be fairness], Fabs Gallery, Zbludza, Poland
2009    Ciagla elastycznosc [Constant Elasticity], Fabs Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2009    Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Galleries, Melbourne
2008    Victorian College of the Arts Graduate Exhibition, VCA, Melbourne
2008    Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition, COFASpace, Sydney
2007    Provisional Investigations (Temporal & Dissoluble), Mudfest 2007, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
2006    Statute of Limitations, Victoria Park Gallery, Melbourne
2006    Tangential Practice, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
2005    Unconditional Regard, with A Constructed World, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

Awards, Scholarships, Grants, Residencies
2015   Creative Victoria Arts Project Grant
2015   City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant
2014   New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2014   ArtStart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2014   Australian Artists’ Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts
2013   Nellie Castan Award, VCA Masters Graduate Exhibition
2013   PICTURE BERLIN Residency, Berlin, Germany
2013    Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant
2012    Helen Macpherson Smith Scholarship, University of Melbourne
2012–2013    Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, University of Melbourne
2012    Entry Art Prize, Brunswick Arts Space
2011    Ausin Tung Gallery Residency, VCA Graduate Exhibition
2011    NGV Women’s Association Undergraduate Encouragement Award, VCA Graduate Exhibition
2011    Shortlisted for the Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship
2010    Second Prize, John Fries Memorial Prize, BOB Gallery, Sydney
2010    City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant
2010    Guest speaker, Artist Forum, Southwest Institute of TAFE, Warrnambool
2009    Shortlisted for the Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship
2008    NGV Women’s Association Undergraduate Encouragement Award, VCA Graduate Exhibition
2008    Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists
2008    Shortlisted for the Wallara Travelling Scholarship
2008    Two-week residency at artist-run space Ocular Lab, Melbourne
2007    Art & Australia Curator’s Prize for Provisional Investigations (Temporal & Dissoluble), George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

Bibliography
2017    Melissa Loughnan, Australiana to Zeitgeist: An A–Z of Contemporary Australian Art, Thames and Hudson
2015/2016    Conny Becker, Linear Momentum, exhibition catalogue, TCB art inc., Melbourne and Galerie am Körnerpark, Berlin    
2015    Meredith Turnbull, Spherical Approximations – A Network of Relations, exhibition catalogue, West Space, Melbourne
2014    Megan Robson and Melanie Irwin, “Evolving Structures,” Un Magazine, 8.1
2014   Linda Michael, Melanie Irwin: Geodesic Envelopes, exhibition catalogue, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2013   April Gertler and Richard Rocholl, Shift and Adjustment, artist residency catalogue, Berlin, Germany
2013   “Australian Artist’s First Performance in China,” 1314 Magazine, July (China)
2013    Dylan Rainforth, “A Load of Rubbish,” The Age, 13 March 2013
2013    Gillian Whiteley, Regimes of Value, exhibition catalogue, Margaret Lawrence Galleries, Melbourne
2012    Julie Davies and Brad Haylock (eds), Hostings: Ocular Lab, 2003–10, Surpllus, Melbourne
2012    Ashley Crawford, Welcome to Paradise, Paradise Hills Gallery publication, Melbourne
2011    Kim Donaldson, Future Possible, exhibition catalogue, Margaret Lawrence Galleries, Melbourne
2011    Megan Robson, Trace Elements, exhibition catalogue, Blackfriars off Broadway Gallery, Sydney
2010    Nick Vickers, Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship 2010, exhibition catalogue, COFASpace, Sydney
2010    Megan Robson, John Fries Memorial Prize, exhibition catalogue, BoB Gallery, Sydney
2010    Claire Anna Watson, Sphericity: Melanie Irwin, exhibition catalogue, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne
2009    Fenella Kernebone, “Graduate Exhibitions”, Sunday Arts, ABC TV, 3 March 2009
2007    Din Heagney (ed.), Making Space: Artist-run initiatives in Victoria, VIA-N, Melbourne