About / CV

Curriculum Vitae

Based in Melbourne, Australia.

Exhibiting since 1984


Opening of 'Out of this World'

The artist at her opening "Out of this World" in Leipzig, Germany



2000 - 1 Master of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
1999 Graduate Diploma of Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts
1985  Bachelor of Education (Arts & Crafts), Melbourne University


Solo Exhibitions


Mundus Imaginalis, Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia


Second Self, Fort Delta, Melbourne, Australia

2014 Out of this World, Salve Art Gallery, Leipzig, Germany
2014 Preview, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Abbotsford VIC
2012 'The Momentum of Evolution', Catherine Asquith Gallery
2010  'Her Fragrant Frown', Catherine Asquith Gallery
2009  'Something Like Us', Catherine Asquith Gallery, Collingwood,Vic.Australia
2008 'Dämmerung', Red Gallery, Fitzroy,Vic.
2006  'We of the Silent Dreaming', Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.
2005 'Fragmented Fantasies', Michael Carr Art Dealer. Woollahra, N.S.W.
2004 'Bedtime Stories', Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.
2001 'Threshold', Gallery 101, Melbourne, Vic.


Group Exhibitions

2016 Drawing to an End - Works on Paper, Mars Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, VIC
  Basislager, Liviastrasse3, Leipzig, Germany
  Dans le jardin des beaux-arts, Showroom Connex Leipzig-Thomaskirchhof, Leipzig, Germany

Asteriod, Winterrundgang Der Spinnereigalerien, Leipzig, Germany


"Zeit für Kunst" - Großer Frühjahrsrundgang der SpinnereiGalerien

Spring Gallery Tour, Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany, May 2013


'Lesungen in der Spinnerei', Leipzig, Germany, March 2013


Wintersrundgang der SpinnereiGalerien: 'Rethinking Space', Leipzig, Germany, January 2013


'Somebody's Room', LIA Galerie, Leipzig, Germany, December 2012

  'Surface', The Depot Gallery, Waterloo NSW
  Dehli Art Fair, Pursuit ArtSpace
2011 'Korea & Australia 50 Years', Foundation Cultural Centre & Bom Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
  'Aura: The Haunted Family Image', L17 Art Space, Melbourne Vic.
2010  'Stan & Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize', The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD.
   'St. George Art Award', Hurstville City Museum & Gallery, N.S.W.
  'Net Work – The TLF Exhibition', Art Gallery of Ballarat, Vic.
  'Belle Arti Art Award', Brisbane, QLD.
2009  'Sunshine Coast Art Prize', Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD.
  'Darebin LaTrobe Art Prize', Bundoora Homestead, Bundoora, Vic.
  'Flanagan Art Prize', St. Michaels College, Ballarat, Vic.
2008 'Art in Mind', Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
2007 'Darebin La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize', Bundoora, Vic.
  'Mixed Bag', Johnston Gallery, Mosman Park, W.A.
2006 'Melbourne Reign', Michael Carr Art Dealer, Woollahra, N.S.W.
2005 'Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship Exhibition', V.C.A. Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2004 'Floranova', Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.
  'Compendium', Icon Museum of Art, Deakin University, Burwood, Vic.

'Glacier', touring exhibition, Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Victoria; Newcastle Region

Art Gallery N.S.W.; QUT Art Museum, QLD.; Bond University Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD.

2003 'Redlands Westpac Prize', Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, N.S.W.
  'Compendium', Platform, Spencer Street Underpass, Melbourne, Vic.
2002 'Towards Colour', curated by Robert Lindsay, McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin, Vic.
2001 'Glacier', Storey Hall, R.M.I.T. Gallery, Royal Melbourne Institute of Techology University, Melbourne, Vic.
  'ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship Award 2001', ANZ Cathedral Hall, Melbourne, Vic.
  'Darebin LaTrobe Aquisitive Art Prize', Bundoora Homestead, Bundoora, Vic.

'UBS Art Award 2000, A Tribute to the Painting of Tomorrow', touring Basel, Zurich,

Geneva, Monaco, & Munich (shortlisted)

2000 'UBS Art Award 2000, A Tribute to the Painting of Tomorrow', Whitechapel Gallery, London,U.K.
  'Smorgon Group Contemporary Art Prize', Williamstown, Vic.




2012 Bridge, Claire. "Crossing the Threshold with Artist Irene Wellm", http://artworldwomen.com/category/artists-2/irene-wellm/, September 9 2012
2011 Lee, H. Together in Harmony: Australia & Korea, ex.cat.
2010  Crawford, A. "What Now - Irene Wellm", Australian Art Collector, Issue 54 Oct - Dec 2010
  Copley, M. "The gold in the shadow", exhibition catalogue essay, Her Fragrant Frown
2009 Van Gils, A. (Ed.) "Irene Wellm – Artist", http://stevegray.com.au/blog/irene-wellm-artist/, September

"State of the Art - what makes Melbourne the capital of cultural cool", cover story Etihad Inflight Magazine,

February 2009

2008 Yang Wei (Ed. in chief) "Contemporary Art Studio Book" published by Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing, April 2008.
2007 "Fringe works delight" The Advertiser, Bendigo, Vic., Monday April 16
  Channel 9 WinnTV news, April 8, 2007
  Interview, ABC Breakfast show, Bendigo,Vic., April 2007
2006  Crawford, A. "Hell’s Kitchen" exhibition catalogue essay, Melbourne Reign
  Spunner, S. "A Cry in the Dark" exhibition catalogue essay, We of the Silent Dreaming
2004 Nelson, R. "Fears at Bedtime" The Age, 16 April
  Backhouse, M. "Peace and Disquiet" The Age, 27 March, Review
2002 Taylor, R. "Narratives of Nature" Asian Art News, Jan/Feb 2002
   "Investing in Art, Artist Profile Irene Wellm", The Age, 22 April, Money Manager
2001 "Darebin La Trobe Art Prize", Art Streams Vol. 6, No. 5
  Williams, L. "Reflection and Reconstruction: New Directions in Australian Painting" exhibition catalogue essay "Glacier"
  Taylor, R. Interview, Gotham City Gossip, 3RRR FM, 10th October
2000  "A Tribute to the Painting of Tomorrow - UBS Art Award 2000", exhibition catalogue



2014 Australia Council for the Arts – Visual Arts Travel Fund
2012 Australia Council for the Arts - New Works Grant
2001 Emerging Artist Award, Darebin La Trobe Aquisitive Art Prize 2001, Bundoora, Vic.
2000 Selected Australian Representative, UBS Art Award 2000, Whitechapel Gallery, London U.K.





LaTrobe University Art Museum

City of Darebin Art Collection

Ballarat Regional Gallery

Stockwell Downs Collection

Private collections in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S.



2014/15   Leipzig - Self-funded residency and exhbition (3 months)

2013/14   Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig, Germany (3 months)

2012/13   Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig, Germany - funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Government (9 months)

2010         Leipzig/Munich, Germany

2008         U.K., France

2002         Salt Lake City, U.S.A

2000         U.K., Spain, France

1992         Dunedin, New Zealand

1988         Osaka, Japan

1986         Europe, United Kingdom









(Last updated August, 2016)