Doctor of Philosophy (Art), RMIT University, Melbourne

Master of Art (by Research), Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), RMIT University, Melbourne

Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne

Exhibitions | Projects

2018        What Goes Around Comes Around, Mining Exchange, Biennale of Australian Art, Ballarat

2018        Catch Your Breath, PSI, Daegu Art Factory, South Korea

2017         Air Cabinet, Vrystaat Kunstefees, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2017         Mishap, Vrystaat Kunstefees, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2014         Streetworks, Spare Room, RMIT, Melbourne

2014         Loose Footing, Youkobo Artspace Studio, Tokyo

2013         Pursuit Art Wallah (in collaboration with Gallery Nature Morte), India Art Fair, New Delhi

2013         Pursuit Singapore, Art Stage, Singapore

2012         Pursuit Melbourne, Melbourne Art Fair

2012         Pursuit Delhi, India Art Fair, New Delhi

2011          Findings, Trocadero Artspace, Melbourne

2010         Art Flash, Pursuit, Melbourne Art Fair

2008         Bin Nite Tonite, City of Hobson’s Bay, Melbourne

2008         Coop, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne

2007         Shellywood™, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT, Brisbane

2007         Shellywood™, Conical Inc, Melbourne

2006         Planet Shellywood™, Ghitorni, New Delhi

2004         Public Happiness Booth, Federation Square / Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

2004         Innocence™, Melbourne CBD (www.shellyinnocence.com)

2002         Pedestrian Times, Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

2000         After Effects, TCB Gallery, Melbourne

1999         FutureX, Melbourne

1999         Headlines, Herald Weekly Times Building, Melbourne

1998         Commuter News, Platform, Spencer Street Station, Melbourne

1996         Royal Assortment, Helen Gorie Gallery, Melbourne

1996         Fireworks, WestSpace, Melbourne

1991         The Room, Mream, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions  | Projects

2019         Unfinished—Décor (curated by Peter Burke and Robert Mangion), Blindside, Melbourne

2019         India: My Influences (curated by Durga Kainthola and Arpana Caur), Arpana Fine Arts Gallery, New Delhi

2018         BOO, The Creative Space, RMIT University, Melbourne

2017         The Bureau for the Organisation of Origins (curated by Ben Sheppard), Blindside, Melbourne

2017         Unfinished—Search for the Miraculous, Five Walls Projects, Footscray

2017         Precarious Occupation (with Robert Mangion), Mars Gallery, Windsor

2017         Cancelled, Eastern Bloc, Montreal, Canada

2017         Footscray Art Prize, Roslyn Smorgan Gallery, Footscray Arts Centre, Footscray

2016         Art for Social Change, The Incinerator, Moonee Ponds

2016         Loose Change (with Louise Lavarack), Melbourne

2015         Low Cost Diplomatic Bag, Travelling exhibition curated by Nilo Casares, AECID / Art-Ex, Madrid,

                Immigration Museum Melbourne and 15 other locations.

2015        Trashlation, curated by Basurama, AECID / Art-Ex, University Hall, University of Melbourne, Melbourne

2014         Love is in the Fair (with Adele Varcoe), Social Capital, curated by Jacqueline Doughty, Gertrude

                Contemporary / MAF Edge, Melbourne Art Fair    

2014         Over the Barricade, Artworks and Exchanges, Roslyn Smorgan Gallery, Footscray and The Incinerator, Moonee Ponds

2014         White Cloud (with Adele Varcoe and Robin Hely), Werribee Park

2014         Ban the Biennale?Lorne Sculputre Biennale, Lorne

2013         Triage / Tree Hug Blitz (with Louise Lavarack), Melbourne

2013         Mapping Shanghai, Bund 33 Art Centre, Shanghai

2013         Hutchins Art Prize, Long Gallery, Hobart

2013         Sparkel (with Jason Maling and Torie Nimmervoll), White Night, Melbourne

2012         Swan Hill Print and Drawing Aquisitive Awards, Swan Hill Regional Gallery

2012         Occasions, curated by Mick Douglas / DOS Collective, Boire, Melbourne

2011          Text (as) Image, Impact 7, Curated by Kirsten Rann, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne

2011          Seeing to a distance: Single Channel Video Work from Australia, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne

2011          Aura: the haunted image, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne

2010         Imaging the apple, AC Institute, New York

2010         Connect10, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne

2009         Flora, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne 

2008         The Road Less Travelled, curated by Kirsten Rann, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne

2008         Snapshot, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne

2008         Re:Connect, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne

2008         New Social Commentary, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool

2008         Paper, Scissors, Rock, West Space, Melbourne

2008         Moving Galleries, Connex trains, Melbourne

2008         Sparkel™, Karachi tram, Melbourne

2006         Buddha Enlightened, Bodh Gaya, India

2006         Foreigner, Global Arts Village, New Delhi

2006         Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2006         Projekt, PICA, Perth

2005         Beyond Real, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

2005         Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne

2004         Ocular Lab fundraiser, Ocular Lab, Melbourne

2004         Projekt, The Physics Room, Christchurch. New Zealand

2003         Printroom + volumeveryone, Clubs Inc, Fitzroy/Rotterdam, Holland

2003         ouTAKEout, The Kings, Melbourne, Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand

2003         Projekt, TCB Gallery, Melbourne

2002         Noxious Laughing Gas, Margaret Lawrence Gallery Gallery, Melbourne

2002         Delivery, Conical Inc., Melbourne

2002         Surveillance, Horti Hall, Melbourne

2001          Starlink Expressbrrr Live Art Festival, Maus Habitos, Porto, Portugal

2001         Office of Utopic Procedures, West Space, Melbourne

2000         Rearvision, Span Gallery, Melbourne

2000         Australia hung out to dry, Commonwealth Institute, London

1999          VCA Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne

1999         Goodbye Kind World, RMIT Storey Hall, Melbourne

1996          Group show, Helen Gorie Gallery, Melbourne

Grants and Awards

2013         New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

2011          Field Theory Projects

2009        International Specialised Skills Institute (Veneto) Fellowship

2009        AGNSW / Mora Dowring Studio Residency, Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris

2006        Professional Development Travel Fund, Australian Network for Art and Technology

2006        Professional Development Travel Grant, Ian Potter Cultural Trust

2005        Global Arts Village Studio Residency, New Delhi

2003        Arts and Professional Development Grant, Arts Victoria

Selected Reviews | Essays

2017         Lientjie Mentz, ‘Take, give a breath at festival’, Netwerk24, Bloemfontein

2017         Izelle van Tonder, ‘Come, take a breath from Melbourne's Dr. Air’, Stronk, Bloemfontein

2013         Louise Maher, Art project gives refugees an international voice at Spanish Embassy, 666 ABC, Canberra

2015         Sally Pryor, Handcuffs lead to Diplomatic Art Incident, The Canberra Times, Canberra

2013         Annabel Ross, Bandaged tree gets the chop after plenty of raps, The Age, Melbourne

2013         Shane Green, Watch out vandals, our love of trees has very deep roots, The Age, Melbourne

2012         Peter Collins, Media art creates a cheeky standard, The Standard, Warrnambool

2012         Michel Lawrence, Guerrilla Gallerist, Inside Art, Channel 31 TV, Melbourne

2012         Michel Lawrence, Hey Meester, Wanna buy a painting?, Inside Art, Channel 31 TV, Melbourne

2012         Saklap Sharma, 'Mobile Gallery', The Indian Express, New Delhi

2012         Sondeep Shankar, 'Windows', The Asian Age, New Delhi

2012         Georgina Maddox, 'The Oddball', Mail Today, New Delhi

2011          Kirsten Rann, Findings, catalogue essay, Trocadero Artspace, Melbourne

2010         Virginia Trioli, Pursuit at the Melbourne Art Fair, Art Nation, ABC1 TV, Melbourne

2007         Meera Menezes, 'Napoleon in Nalunda', Art India, volume XII, Issue II, Melbourne

2007         'Hook turn', The Age, Melbourne

2006         'Enlightenment™', Matters of Art, India

2006         'Far from the madding crowd', The Times of India, New Delhi

2005         Lily Hibberd, 'Peter Burke: serial personalities, serial interventionist', Photofile #75, Australia

2005         Tracey Clement, 'Beyond Real: Dressing up', Sydney Morning Herald

2005         Gillian Bartlett, 'Create Awards', Desktop Magazine, Australia

2004         Rex Turnbull, 'Innocence for goodness sakes', Lino magazine, Spring issue, Australia

2004         Jason Maling, 'Brand Loyalty', Un magazine, Australia

2004         Jen Vuk, 'Innocence', Melbourne magazine

2004         Alessandra Ferrari, 'A manifesto for the roads of Melbourne', La Repubblica, Italy

2004         Rex Turnbull, 'Innocence for goodness sakes', Lino magazine, Australia

2004         Tim Parish, 'Digital Diva', undergrowth magazine 3, Australia

2004         Eve Vincent, 'Shelly Innocence', Spinach7, Australia

2004         Michael Shmith, 'Happiness is a risky business', The Sunday Age, Melbourne

2004         Jonathan Green, 'Bring on the Happiness', The Age, Melbourne

2004         Leela de Kretser, 'Innocent, artistic fun', The Herald Sun, Melbourne

2004         Naomi Cass, 'Artnotes', Art Monthly, Australia

2002         Bernard Sachs, Office of Utopic Procedures, West Space, Melbourne

2002         Daniel Palmer, ‘Peter Burke and Robin Hely’, Real Time, Australia

2002         Brundrett/Edmonds, ‘What a load of rubbish, or is it art?’, Herald Sun, Melbourne

2002         Megan Backhouse, ‘From here to Portugal,’ The Age, Melbourne

2001         Oscar Faria, ‘Brrr Festival de Live Art’, Il Publico, Portugal

2001         Kevin Murray, ‘After Effects’, Like Art Magazine, No. 14, Australia

2000         Royce Millar, ‘Vic heritage laws demolished’, Australian Financial Review

2000         John Mangan, ‘Breaking news’, The Age, Melbourne

1999         Graham Pearce, ‘Posters herald in a new era’, Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne

1999         Robert Nelson, ‘Looking back in languor’, The Sunday Age, Melbourne

1999         Richard Holt, ‘Minefields’, Mine catalogue essay, Melbourne


2019         Unfinished—Décor

2019         India, My Influence, Arpana Fine Arts Gallery, New Delhi

2019         Unfinished—Search for the Miraculous

2016         Art for Social Change, The Incinerator

2014         Low Cost Diplomatic Bag, Art EX

2014         Jacqueline Doughty, Social Capital, Gertrude Contemporary/MAF Edge, Melbourne Art Fair 

2014         Lorne Sculpture Biennale 

2014         Artworks and Exchanges, Spectres of Evaluation: Rethinking Art, Community, Value, Centre for

                Cultural Practice, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne / Footscray Arts Centre

2011         Amanda Morgan, Seeing to a Distance: Single Channel Video Work from Australia

2011         Kirsten Rann, Findings, catalogue essay

2005        Alasdair Foster, Dressing up, Australian Centre for Photography

1999         Richard Holt, Minefields, Mine exhibition


2019         Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi

2015         Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi

2014         Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo

2009         Mora Dowing Studio Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2005         Global Arts Village Studio Residency, New Delhi, India


2019         Art Box Art Club, Melbourne

2012         The Standard Lift-Out, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool

2008         Man Tidies Shed, Conversations billboard, City of Hobson's Bay, Melbourne

2005         Planet Shellywood, Queensland University of Technology, billboard, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane


Australian Catholic University, City of Glen Eira, Franklin Furnace Archive, Global Arts Village, Museum Victoria, National Library of Australia,

State Library of Victoria, Victoria Police, Victoria University, Vancouver Art Book Fair Library & Archive, and private collections.


Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

Fiona Myer Foundation

Institute for Public Art

Performance Studies International