Maria Amidu’s creative concerns are influenced by the scope and significance of common experiences. She is interested in the relationships between people and place and what is hidden, obscured or unspoken in various social situations. Maria uses these elements as a means to try and substantiate myriad lived experiences. The form her work takes is often artist’s books and site-specific print and photographic installations. On occasion, she utilises her craft practice as a glassmaker and produces work with wax, clay and cast glass.
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 more social practice. She has developed site-specific and artist’s residency projects with a number of museums, galleries and organisations including: Nuit Blanche, Toronto; Houses of Parliament; National Maritime Museum; People United; Turner Contemporary; PEER; Parramatta Artists’ Studios; V&A Museum; Arnolfini; Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital; Iniva; Foundling Museum; Horniman Museum & Gardens; and the 198 Gallery. Her work is in a number of public and private collections including: the V&A Museum, Arnolfini Collection Trust and Limerick National Drawing Collection.
|Developing Your Creative Practice Grant, Arts Council England|
|Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship|
|Artists’ International Development Fund, Arts Council England/The British Council|
|Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England|
|Visual Artists Fund, London Arts|
|Year of the Artist Award, London Arts|
|S.G Warburg Grant|
|Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
Prince’s Youth Business Trust Award
Award for Individual Artists, London Arts Board
|Scheme for Young Artists, Clerkenwell Green Association|
|Dudley Crystal Festival Prize|
|Eduardo Paolozzi Travel Bursary
Wingate Foundation Scholarship