Artist Statement

As a proud palawa,Tasmanian Aboriginal woman with strong connections to my maternal ancestral home of tebrakunna, the Coastal Plains Nation north-eastern Tasmania, and the Oyster Bay Nation of eastern Tasmania, my art practice seeks to bring attention to historic, cultural and political events that have been ignored or buried by colonial histories. I work across sculpture, photography and mixed-media to assert a living and dynamic culture.


Artist Bio & CV

Mandy Quadrio was born in Melbourne, Australia. After graduating from the Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (CAIA) degree at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2016, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with 1st Class Honours. In 2021 Mandy received her Doctorate in Visual Art (DVA).

Mandy Quadrio 

Born:              Melbourne, Australia

Mob/Country: trawlwoolway people, Tebrakunna, Coastal Plains Nation, north-east Tasmania; Oyster Bay Nation, eastern Tasmania


2018 – 2021   Doctor of 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)



Collaboration in Terra Incognita: Inclusiveness is a good way, San Teonisto Church, Treviso, Italy

Beyond Misty Histories, MONA FOMA, representing Constance ARI, Hobart

Contributor to Uwe ka lani, Ola ka honua 2021 (When the heavens weep, the earth lives) Kaili Chun, APT10 GOMA, Brisbane


Whose time are we on? in Slow moving waters, TarraWarra Biennial 2021, Melbourne

Her Beauty, Her Terror, group exhibition, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Brisbane

I speak to uncover the mouths of silence, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (permanent acquisition), Launceston

Water Rites, ACE Open, Tarnanthi festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary art, Adelaide

QCA HDR Represent: A 2021 retrospective, POP Gallery, Brisbane


Strike at the foundation, Indigenous women’s exhibition, Rite of passage, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

Kelp Culture 2020 Project, The Climate Foundation, International travelling exhibition

Her, Milani Gallery CARPARK, Brisbane

52proposalsforthe20s Maria Lind’s Instagram project, in collaboration with D Harding

Uterine Bag series, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Tasmania


here lies lies, solo exhibition, Hobiennale 2019, representing Outer Space ARI, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart,

movement at the edge, solo exhibition, Outer Space ARI, Brisbane

with a steely resolve, solo exhibition, Firstdraft ARI, Sydney

the country within, solo exhibition, Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Belltower, Brisbane

face to face to face, solo exhibition, BEAUT (Brisbane & Elsewhere Art UnTriennial), with Kuiper Projects, Brisbane

Pacifica Symposium exhibition, Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane


Around and Within, Macquarie Bank Art Collection, Space Gallery, Barangaroo, Sydney

Unleashed, Artisan, Brisbane

Converse, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane

Speaking Beyond the Vitrine, solo exhibition, Metro Arts, Brisbane

Hatched, National Graduate Art Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Perth

Continuing Culture, Maiwar Festival, Art Space Vitrines, Queen & Edward Street, Elizabeth & Edward Streets, Brisbane CBD


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

Continuum, Queensland College of Art Honours graduate showcase, Brisbane


Sculpture 16, Queensland College of Art graduate showcase, Brisbane

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

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

Kultcha, Jugglers Artspace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane


Blak History Month, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane


Away from Country, Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane Link

Prizes / Awards

2021     Finalist 15 Artists, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Brisbane

2019     Finalist, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2019, Sydney

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

2017     Griffith University Medal for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Brisbane

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

2011     Finalist, Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards, Brisbane


2022     Residency Sydney: Rivus Sydney Biennale

2022     Biennale delegate: Australia Council Biennale Delegates Program

2022    ‘Through a lens of visitation,’ Monash University cultural exchange (2), Sarina, north-Queensland

2021     Open studio – BAD 2021 Festival (Brisbane Art Design), Brisbane

2021     Griffith University, Hope Street Artist Residency, Brisbane

2020     Griffith University, Hope Street Artist Residency, Brisbane

2020     Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Kings Cottage studio residency, Launceston

2020     ‘Through a lens of visitation,’ Monash University cultural exchange (1), Sarina, north-Queensland

2018    Australia Council Innovation Lab 2018: Sydney

2018    Australia Council Innovation Lab 2018: Hobart


2021   Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston

2017   St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane

Public Art

2017 – 2021

Challenging the Aesthetics of Mythic Identity (digital image), Queensland College of Art Undercroft, Griffith University, Brisbane


Continuing Culture (sculptural installations), Maiwar Festival, Brisbane CBD Art Space Vitrines, Corner Queen & Edward Street, Corner Elizabeth & Edward Streets, Brisbane City Council

Media / Events

2022:  Ground into Place, written paper for Pacific Journal (peer reviewed)

2022: Speaking within the kelp, Un Magazine, Un Projects Inc., Melbourne

December 2021: Artlink Indigenous “Visualising Sovereignty,’ Review of Water Rites, Lady Shania Richards

7 – 9 October 2021: Participant: QUT Symposium – Grounded in Place: Dialogues Between First Nation Artists in Australia, Taiwan, and Aotearoa

28 – 29 August 2021: The Mercury Weekender (Tasmania), ‘Shaking things up,’ QVMAG, Launceston

14 August 2021: The Mercury (Tasmania), ‘New permanent collection,’ QVMAG, Launceston

25 March 2021: First Look: Inside the 7th TarraWarra Biennial;,

23 November 2020: Interview – Examiner newspaper, re Uterine Bag Show, Launceston

2020: Editorial Assistant, Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings, Published by Power Publications and Griffith University Art Museum

December 2019: Interview with Ed Ayres: The Art Show, ABC Radio National:

July 2019: Interview with Daniel Browning: AWAYE, ABC Radio National:

December 2019: WIN News, Tasmania

December 2019: Justine Youssef and Mandy Quadrio in conversation, NAVA Podcast:

Art Guide 2019: “Artist Run Initiatives take over Hobart in Hobiennale,”

July 2018: Review of Hatched exhibition, PICA, Pelican magazine

May 2018: Interview – Koori Mail re Hatched exhibition, Perth

2018: Interview – Radio TalkBlak Program, BBM 98.7 FM Cairns, re Metro Arts exhibition

2018: Interview – Radio Goolarri, 6GME 99.7 FM Broome, W.A re Metro Arts exhibition

2018: Online magazine interview by Tianey Miekus, Art Guide Australia, re Metro Arts exhibition