Artist CV


1993-1997  Advanced Diploma of Applied and Visual Art, North Adelaide School of Art.  Specialist stream: Painting and Drawing.


2020     Cobbler Creek on site painting with Arlon Hall; Work in progress with Louise Bird and Julie Collins towards the In-House group exhibition of contemporary chandeliers at the Jam Factory, Adelaide; The Exquisite Build art room project with Barry Magazinovic and Chloe Noble for SALA at ARTHUR Art Bar.

2013     Collaboration with other artists producing yarn bomb installation at the Festival Center for the Oi You! Adelaide Street Art Festival.

2012-current  Co-founder and member of 8 ply on the Sly.

1997-2002  Freelance mural painter.


2019     The Other Side of Silence, Collective Haunt, Inc. Adelaide.

2017     Reset and Resist, Floating Goose Studios, Inc. Adelaide.

2008     Inside Out, Flightpath Architects, Adelaide.


2021      In-House, The Jam Factory, Adelaide.  Illumination group show at Pepper Street Art Gallery.                    Painting Still, Adelaide College of the Arts (alumni exhibition).    Dress Code: Pattern, Endspace gallery.

2020     The Exquisite Build with Barry Magazinovic and Chloe Noble, ARTHUR Art Bar, Adelaide (SALA Festival).

Keeping the Lights On Fundraiser, Floating Goose Studios, Adelaide.

2019     UNDER GROUND, SALA group exhibition, Treasury Tunnels, Adelaide.

I Didn’t See it Coming, group exhibition, Collective Haunt, Inc. Adelaide.

Keeping the Lights On #3, Floating Goose Studios, Adelaide.

2018     Keeping the Lights On #2, Floating Goose Studios, Adelaide.

2017   The Suburban Version, group show curated by Jane Skeer and Cassie Thring, Adelaide.

Keeping The Lights On, group show at Floating Goose Studios, Adelaide.

Small Works, group showBrunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.

Saint Ignatious 2017 Art Show, group show, Adelaide.

2015    Love a good yarn – knitting and crochet from Nanna to Now, Migration Museum, Adelaide.

2009   Traces: Drawing/Environment/Sustainability, artists, designers and staff group show from the School of Art, Architecture and Design. Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Adelaide.

2003   ArtEast window installation, Colour Cosmetica, Union Street.

2001   2001 An Art Odyssey group exhibition for the Centenary Federation, Leigh Street, Adelaide.

1999   Beyond NASA postgraduate exhibition, North Adelaide School of Art Gallery.

1998   Grass Roots group exhibition, Axis Gallery, Adelaide.

             AXIOM group exhibition, FAD Gallery, Adelaide.

1997   ATOM group exhibition, Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne.

1996  Obelisk graduate exhibition, North Adelaide School of Art Gallery.


Resident artist and secretary, Floating Goose Studios, Inc. Adelaide.

South Australia State Representative, AAANZ (The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand).

Executive committee member, AHCAN (Art History and Curatorship Alumni Network).



2020  Jane Llewellyn, ‘Artist Profile – Melanie Cooper,’ The Adelaide Review, July 2020, 31.

2019 ‘The Best Art is Underground this SALA,’ CityMag July 30, 2019.

2017  ‘Review of Reset and Resist,‘ October 09, 2017 by Verso MMXVI