Melanie’s work is a multimedia mix of installation, photography, painting and printed material. Her iPad installations show collective outcries in tangles of wires, plugs, and looping scenes catching anger and determination with words on banners, colours of flags, and the interaction of protesters. Melanie has a Master in the History and Philosophy of Science from Melbourne University, and a Master in Contemporary Art from the VCA.
‘For the last four yours I have been treading the fine line between art and polemic. The media I use is an inquiry, into memory and who controls memory. I believe artists have a deep responsibility.

2018 Moreland Summer Show: Noel Counihan Commemorative Award Shortlisted Peace and the persuite of happiness
2018 Noir Darkroom Stay Safe A group show 1-20 October curated by Jessica Schwientek
2018 February Rubicon Ari Persistence/Resistance Solo Show
2017 November Moreland Summer Show: Noel Counihan Commemorative Award Shortlisted People, politics, the environment
2017 September Comfortable Yet? Alternating Current Artspace
2017  Defying Complacency  red gallery 22nd February – 12 March  Solo show
2016 Till NowDec 3-8 2016 in.cube8r gallery Solo show
2016 Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works May 2016 Group Show
2015 Capitalist Realisms Brunswick Street Gallery 13 –26 November 2015 Group Show
2015It is Right to Protest GoGo Bar Solo show 5 – 25 October 2015 by invitation with prize.
2015 Shattered red gallery Solo show 2 – 19 September 2015 Solo Show
2015 Maintain the Rage red gallery  Group show 18 March – 4 April 2015 Group Show
2014 It is right to Protest VCA Master Graduate Exhibition Dec 5 -11 2014 Solo Exhibition part of requirement for Master of Contemporary Art
2014 A Peace of Art BRIGHTSPACE,  St Kilda, Melbourne – Group Exhibition
2014 Linden Postcard Show Group Show

2014 Contemporary Photography Salon
2014 Belle – Arti Prize, Chapman and Bailey
2013 Opening the Box Exhibition by invitation Newcastle, NSW 6 women artists FourPoint Gallery 20 Nov – 6 Dec
2013 Linden Postcard Show
2013 First Quarter – VCA Student Gallery
2012 Graduate Certificate Visual Art VCA End of Year Exhibition
2012 Linden Postcard Show
2012 University of Melbourne, Art in the Library Program
2012 Pea Green Boat Collective Exhibition Tinning Street Gallery April 2012
2011 Painting Exhibition Group Show VCA
2007 Women’s Salon Counihan Gallery
2005 Coming together exhibition Jan 2005 Art in the Library Program
2004 Solo Exhibition Eisenberg Gallery of Experimental Art
2003 Women’s Salon Counihan Gallery
Earlier  Curator – South Africa a Changing Society Exhibition

Art Residency, Barcelona, Spain, Jiwar Mar/Apr 2015

2013-2014 Master Of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, First Class Honours
2013 The Digital Lightroom Short Course
2012 Graduate Certificate Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts
2011 Certificate of Printing Monotype Australian Print Workshop
1998 Master of Arts,(History and Philosophy of Science)
1980 Graduate Diploma in Librarianship Canberra College of Advanced Education
1977 BA, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2014, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia


2016 Judge, Student Union Social Justice Prize, Pride Student Competition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA
2015 Judge, Student Union Gender and Sexual Equality Prize Exhibition, Pride Student Competition, Margeret Lawrence Gallery, VCA
2014 Prize – Cash  $250 and invitation to show at the Chin Chin Restaurant, GoGo Bar. Show 1 -31 Oct 2015.
Works at River, Creative Spaces 2015-
Information future grant – The Literature of the Modernist Garden: a touring exhibition Awarded to: Melanie Lazarow, Richard Aitken $15,000
Research Librarian (and artist) University of Melbourne 1990 – 2012


Lazarow, Melanie, and Georgina Binns. “Drawing the Fine Line, Research Skills for the Creative Arts ” In Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference. Sydney Online, 2012
3RRR The Architects – Show 177 -, 12 November 2008 Architectural Librarians Amanda Wallace from the well known practice ARM and Melanie Lazarow from the Architecture Library at the University of Melbourne (Podcast)
Curator Exhibition South Africa a changing Society, University of Melbourne Menzies Room 1996