Ms Lucy Irvine Irvine

MFA (VCA), BFA (Hons) (Leeds Met, UK)
Lecturer, Textiles, School of Art and Design
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Visual Arts And Crafts 1905

Research interests

My practice-led research draws from and contributes to textile, sculpture, public art, architecture and design discourse.  The innovative weaving methods that I have developed are as conceptually and theoretically driven, as they are materials and process based.  By presenting my woven works as a form of knowledge in their own right, I collaborate with other forms of knowledge in order to find new models for spatial, epistemological and pedagogical discourse.

The central themes that drive my research are the following:

Relational knowledge making: by collaborating with stakeholders, community, industry and fellow creatives, new knowledge emerges through relation to site, ideas, materials, processes and each other.

Real space and time materials-based enquiry has a vital part to play in addressing the epistemological repercussions of how we map, model and make as part of a hybrid digital/analogue culture.

The accessibility of complexity: my research crafts language and communication across disciplines, abilities and knowledges. This includes community engagement, professional development for educators and working with children through to traditional academic outcomes such as conference papers and publications.


Researcher's projects


2019|  Thinking in Space Workshop, At the Heart: Inspiration, Bravery, Compassion and Connection, National Visual Arts Education Conference 2019 National Gallery of Australia

2016&2015| Making Connections: Divergent Thinking in the Classroom, Program for Educators co-devised and co-presented with Inbar Niv at Heide Museum of Modern Art

 2014| Visiting Artist, Cornish College, Melbourne

2012| Heide Keepsake with Lucy Irvine, an education video and downloadable resource made with the Education team  at Heide Museum of Modern Art.



2018| Wayforming, 3-week community collaboration, Belconnen Arts Centre as part of Design Canberra

2017| Place Patterns,  6-week community knitting project hosted by Tuggeranong Arts Centre

2010 | Light, Space, Place, 12-week Bush Fire Recovery Project, Flowerdale Primary School, VIC  



2018| Embark, $160,000 permanent public art commission designed and fabricated in collaboration with Geoff Farquhar-Still for Woollahra City Council in Lyne Park, Rose Bay Sydney

2017|Index, $80,000 permanent public art commission, Moorabbin Campus, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE,

2017| Surface Strategies, temporary installation presented by Design Canberra Festival, Canberra Airport



Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat, VIC              

Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW

Woollahra City Council, Sydney

Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Melbourne



2018| Made of Holes, Belconnen Arts Centre, presented by Design Canberra Festival

2018| Little Systems, Cox Architecture, Canberra

2018| Made of Holes, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne

2016| Made of Holes, presented by Clarence City Council and Dark Mofo, Rosny Barn, Hobart

2014| New Works, Foyer Gallery, ANU                   

2012| Mapless, Ararat Regional Art Gallery

2010| Folly and Reverie, Jenny Port, Melbourne



2017| Enmeshed: Woven Artworks from the Ararat Regional Art Gallery Collection,  Horsham Regional Art Gallery, VIC

2017| Public Aspirations: Small Sculptures/Big Ideas, Onespace, Brisbane

2017| Making Design Research, ANU School of Art and Design Gallery

2016|Strung, Artisan Gallery, Queensland Craft and Design Centre, Brisbane a survey of fibre techniques from Papa New Guinea and indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.

2016| 15th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland

2016| 39TH Alice Prize, Alice Springs Art Foundation, NT

2015| …a piece of string…Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, textile related practices curated by Dr Al Munro

2015| Finalist in the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne and Stylecraft, Sydney, as part of a collaborative team with Architect, Robyn Creagh and Graphic designer, Mark Robertson

2013| Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria

2013|Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery, VIC

2013|Recent Acquisitions, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, VIC

2011- 2013| Sensorial Loop, 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial, touring nine galleries across NSW, VIC and QLD, curated by Dr Patrick Snelling, former Head of RMIT Textiles.

2011| Wangaratta Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery, VIC

2009|Tradition and Beyond, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, contemporary basketry curated by Virginia Kaiser

2006| Common Goods, Commonwealth Games Festival, Melbourne Museum


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