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.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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 show, Brunswick 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. https://www.adelaidereview.com.au/arts/visual-arts/2020/08/11/melanie-cooper-internal-landscapes/
2019 ‘The Best Art is Underground this SALA,’ CityMag July 30, 2019. https://citymag.indaily.com.au/culture/the-best-art-is-underground-this-sala/
2017 ‘Review of Reset and Resist,‘ October 09, 2017 by Verso MMXVI