About Maria Amidu

Maria Amidu is a visual artist who is interested in the social relationships between people mediated by things, usually objects and places. She is drawn to what is hidden, obscured and less obvious in varying historical and contemporaneous collective situations and makes works to try and substantiate these lived experiences. Maria Amidu pays particular attention to the debates around social practice and the role visual art has played and can play in activating change. She is interested in the lines drawn between visual arts practices that are motivated by and dependent on encounters and relationships with people, and practices that are not. She asks herself critical questions about the perceptions and definitions of the artistic outcomes in projects she develops, and is concerned about how/if her ideas can make a useful contribution to a situation. She also worries/wonders about the limitations and boundaries intrinsic to this form of art making whilst, simultaneously, embracing its ideologies and unknowns.

Maria Amidu is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in glass and ceramics, and exhibited nationally and internationally as maker before pursuing a social practice. She has developed site-specific and artist’s residency projects with a number of museums, galleries and organisations, including the Houses of Parliament, National Maritime Museum Greenwich, People United, Turner Contemporary, PEER, A New Direction, Parramatta Artists’ Studios, the V&A Museum, Arnolfini, Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital, Iniva, the Foundling Museum, Hackney Museum, Metropolitan Archives, Horniman Museum & Gardens, and the 198 Gallery. Her work is in a number of public and private collections, including the Pilkington Collection at the V&A Museum, London; the Arnolfini Collection Trust, Bristol; and the National Drawing Collection, Limerick.


2018Developing Your Creative Practice Grant, Arts Council England
2013Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship
2012Artists’ International Development Fund, Arts Council England/The British Council
2008Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England
2001Visual Artists Fund, London Arts
2000Year of the Artist Award, London Arts
1996S.G Warburg Grant
1995Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
Prince’s Youth Business Trust Award
Award for Individual Artists, London Arts Board
1994Scheme for Young Artists, Clerkenwell Green Association
1992Dudley Crystal Festival Prize
1990Eduardo Paolozzi Travel Bursary
Wingate Foundation Scholarship