Selected Exhibitions


Raumaneignung [Appropriation of Space], Milchhof Pavillon, Berlin, Germany,curated by Conny Becker (forthcoming)

Großkreisentfernung [Great Circle Route], tête, Berlin, Germany,curated by Marcus Brownlow (forthcoming)

AIR18: Artists in Residence 2018 Exhibition, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, curated by Sophia Cai


Petite Miniature Textiles, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta


The Second LAST Collective Exhibition, Artery Co-op Project Space, Melbourne

PROJECT 17 – Radical Immanence, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, curated by Chantelle Mitchell


The First LAST Collective Exhibition, Albert St Studios, Brunswick, Melbourne

Linear Momentum II, Galerie am Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany, curated by Conny Becker

OFF GRID, Blindside, Melbourne, curated by Josephine Briginshaw and Adriane Hayward


Spherical Approximations (solo), West Space, Melbourne

Cutting Mirrors + Feeling Material, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, curated by Benjamin Woods and c3 Projects

Linear Momentum, TCB art inc., Melbourne, curated by Conny Becker


Melanie Irwin: Geodesic Envelopes (solo), Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, curated by Linda Michael

Reunion, Picture Berlin 2014 Festival Exhibition, Lehrter Siebzehn, Berlin, Germany, curated by Lotte Møller


Distension (Single File) (solo), Australia China Art Foundation Gallery, Melbourne

Shift and Adjustment, LoBe, Berlin, Germany, curated by Conny Becker

A Half Scene, XLY Museum of Modern Art, Chengdu, China, curated by Wei Yan

Regimes of Value, The Substation and Margaret Lawrence Galleries, Melbourne, curated by Elizabeth Gower


Replicate Elasticity (solo), Ausin Tung Gallery Project Space, Melbourne


Trace Elements (with Hannah Bertram), John Fries Memorial Prize Winners’ Exhibition, Blackfriars off Broadway Gallery, Sydney

Archimedes’ Approximation of Pi (solo), Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

Future Possible, Margaret Lawrence Galleries, Melbourne, curated by Kim Donaldson


Sphericity (solo), Blindside Gallery, Melbourne

Far Point…, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney


Infrastructural Variations (solo), TCB art inc., Melbourne

Video-Vareo 3, Sub-Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Ciagla elastycznosc [Constant Elasticity], Fabs Gallery, Warsaw, Poland


Architectonic Traces (solo), Ocular Lab, Melbourne

Mathematical Reasoning & the Physical Universe (solo), Seventh Gallery, Melbourne


A=½(x1+x2)h (solo), The Doll’s House, Melbourne

Awards, Scholarships, Grants and Residencies


Artist in Residence, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne


Visiting artist, Academy of Design Australia, Melbourne

Visiting artist, Latrobe College of Art and Design, Melbourne


City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant

Creative Victoria, VicArts Grant


New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

ArtStart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

Australian Artists’ Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts


Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant

PICTURE BERLIN Residency, Berlin, Germany

Artist in Residence, XLY Museum of Modern Art, Chengdu, China,


City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant


Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Residency at artist-run space Ocular Lab, Melbourne

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)

Selected Bibliography / Review

2017 Melissa Loughnan, Australiana to Zeitgeist: An A–Z of Contemporary Australian Art, Thames & Hudson, Australia
Hannah Mathews, To Note: Notation Across Disciplines, Perimeter Editions, Melbourne
2016 Conny Becker, Linear Momentum, exhibition catalogue, TCB art inc., Melbourne / 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, Australia
Linda Michael, Melanie Irwin: Geodesic Envelopes, exhibition catalogue, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2013 ‘Australian Artist’s First Performance in China,’ 1314 Magazine, July, China
2012 Julie Davies and Brad Haylock (eds), Hostings: Ocular Lab, 2003–10, Surpllus, Melbourne
2010 Claire Anna Watson,Sphericity: Melanie Irwin, exhibition catalogue, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Din Heagney (ed.), Making Space: Artist-run Initiatives in Victoria, VIA-N, Melbourne