Lucy Irvine is a Canberra-based artist and educator, currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at the Australian National University. Her research explores emergent knowledge practices that attend to the relational and epistemological repercussions of how we map, model and make in response to, and indeed as part of, a phenomenal world. Repurposing utilitarian materials that make up the unseen fabric of our lives and transforming our experience of the formal qualities of these materials through weaving. Asserting that weaving intertwines knowing with time and space; Irvine is developing spatially, temporally and materially emergent strategies to participate across art, design, architecture and geography discourses.
In 2016, Irvine was selected to represent Australia at the 15th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz, Poland. Australian exhibitions include Strung, indigenous and non-indigenous weaving practices from Australia and Papua New Guinea, Artisan Gallery, Queensland Craft and Design Centre (2016); the 2015 Australian Tapestry Design Prize for Architects; Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria (2013-2014); the national touring Sensorial Loop, 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial (2011-2013), Tradition and Beyond, a survey of contemporary Australian basketry, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (2009) and Common Goods, pairing Australian craft practitioners with international makers, as part of the Commonwealth Games Festival, Melbourne Museum (2006).
Solo shows include New Works, during a 2014 ANU Visiting Artist residency; Mapless, Ararat Regional Art Gallery (2012) and most recently, Made of Holes as part of the 2016 Dark Mofo festival, Hobart.
In addition to sessional teaching at ANU, Irvine has designed and implemented many education programs, including kids’ workshops and teacher professional development at the NGV and Heide Museum of Modern Art. She has presented at symposia and conferences both nationally and internationally.