Artist Statement

As a proud palawa woman with strong connections to my ancestral home of tebrakunna in the north-east of Tasmania, my art practice seeks to generate political and social dialogue against a background of contested Australian histories.

Working in sculpture, installation and filmic art, my work investigates issues around Aboriginal identity. I am responding to repressed historical encounters in order to empower Indigenous experience. Using cultural materials and found objects I seek public and personal meaning through the politics of their material. I make works to assert my sovereignty.


Artist Bio & CV

Mandy Quadrio was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her sculptural art and interactive works bring attention to historical, cultural and political events that have been ignored or buried by colonial histories. Mandy graduated from a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2016. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with 1st Class Honours in 2017, and is currently a Doctoral candidate in Fine Arts at Griffith University.


Mandy Quadrio 

Born:  Melbourne, Australia

Mob/Country: pairabeene clan, tebrakunna, Coastal Plains Nation, north-east Tasmania; Oyster Bay Nation, eastern Tasmania



2018 –  Doctoral candidate in Visual Arts (DVA) Queensland College of Arts (QCA), Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland

2017   Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) 1st Class, QCA, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland

2014 – 2016 Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (C.A.I.A.), Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland

2013   Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland

2002 – 2007 Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology), University of Queensland (partial completion)



2019  (Upcoming) grounds for existence, Outer Space, Brisbane

2019  with a steely resolve, Firstdraft, Sydney

2019  the country within, IMA Belltower, Brisbane

2019  face to face to face, BEAUT (Brisbane & Elsewhere Art UnTriennial),  Kuiper Projects, Brisbane

2018  Around and Within, Macquarie Bank Art Collection, Barangaroo, Sydney

2018  Unleashed, Artisan, Brisbane

2018  Converse, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane

2018  Speaking Beyond the Vitrine, Solo Exhibition, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2018  Finalist Hatched, National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth

2018  Continuing Culture, Maiwar Festival, Art Space Vitrines, Queen & Edward Street, Elizabeth & Edward Streets, Brisbane City , Brisbane City Council

2017  Flying Arts Exhibition, Judith Wright Centre, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

2017  Continuum, Queensland College of Art Honours graduate showcase, Brisbane

2016  Sculpture 16, Queensland College of Art graduate showcase, Brisbane

2016  (Contributor to) Art of the Skins, Possum Skin Cloak Project, State Library of Queensland

2016  A Unified Field, Art from the Margins, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

2016  Kultcha, Jugglers Artspace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

2015  Blak History Month, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane

2014  Away from Country, Project Gallery, QCA, Brisbane Link

2011  Finalist, Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards, Brisbane



2017  Griffith University Medal for Outstanding Academic Excellence

2017  St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Award for Artistic Merit, Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)



Australia Council Innovation Lab 2019 – Hobart & Sydney



St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane, Australia


Public Art

2018  Continuing Culture, Maiwar Festival, Art Space Vitrines, Queen & Edward Street, Elizabeth & Edward Streets, Brisbane City, Brisbane City Council

2017; 2019  Challenging the Aesthetics of Mythic Identity, Queensland College of Art Undercroft, Griffith University, Brisbane