Maria Amidu’s artistic concerns are influenced by the complexities of the relational – between people, and between people and place. Through writing, printmaking, artist’s books, audio visual works and sometimes glassmaking she tries to substantiate what might be going on in collective situations, paying specific attention to what is hidden, obscured or unspoken.
She has developed projects with museums, galleries and other cultural organisations including: Watermarks (2021), Metal Culture; “Where are we?” (2020) Mid-Sussex, District Council; edge/threshold/brink (2018), Nuit Blanche Toronto; Act, Campaign, Petition, Reform, Lobby, Argue and Soit droit fait come est desire (Let it be done as it is desired) (2015); Houses of Parliament; Workforce (a work in progress) (2014), National Maritime Museum; a moment of your time (2013), People United in association with Turner Contemporary; Betty, Pat, Diane, Ivy, Lynette, Bonney (2011), Parramatta Artists’ Studios; Dolphin Loves Disco (and other favourite words) (2012), PEER; 21st Century Reporter (2005), Foundling Museum; Tribute (2002), Arnolfini and Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital; Finders, Keepers (2001), Horniman Museum & Gardens; and …a moment caught in three dimension(s) (1999), 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning. Her work is in several public and private collections including the Parliamentary Archives (UK), V&A, Arnolfini Collection Trust, and Limerick National Drawing Collection.
She studied glass and ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts and the Royal College of Art. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the School of Arts & Humanities at the Royal College of Art and the title of her research is Making that remembers: a correspondence between emotion and material.
|Project Grant, Arts Council England|
|London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Studentship|
|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