Maria Blackwell is a visual artist based in Hobart, Tasmania.

She began her Fine Art studies in Dublin (Colaiste Dhulaigh) before relocating to Melbourne to complete a BA in Fine Art (RMIT). She received a scholarship to study Photography and Painting in Mexico (UDLAP), and in 2015 completed Honours in Painting at the University of Tasmania.

Her work explores the strange ebb and flow between displacement and belonging. She is interested in people, the construct of memory, and personal narratives informed by location and relocation. She experiments with communicating these stories through visual material and sound.


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Maria Blackwell
Born Dublin, Ireland.
Lives in Hobart, Tasmania.


BA Fine Art Honours, First Class
University of Tasmania, 2015

BA Fine Art
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2013

Exchange Semester
Universidad de Las Americas Puebla, Mexico 2012

Diploma of Fine Art
Colaiste Dhulaigh, Ireland 2009


Rare sunlit water on a usually grey place, Project Space, CAT, Hobart

Indivisible, The Long Gallery, SAC, Hobart
Strange + uncertain, Sawtooth ARI (online release, solo)
Solar winds or City Lights, Rosny Farm, Hobart (Collaboration with Nadege Philippe-Janon)

The Pink Palace, Constance ARI show for Dark Mofo, Hobart
Unplugged, LOOP Festival 2018, Estudio Nomada, Barcelona

Through the window was a picture, Top Gallery, SAC, Hobart (Solo)
Reel to Real, Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart
LOOP, The Long Gallery, SAC, Hobart (2 person show with Milly Yencken)

There’s a hole in the wall, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston (Collaboration with Lucy Parakhina)

Groundless Narrative, Entrepot Gallery, Hobart (Solo)
Elephant in the Dark, VIC University Gallery, Melbourne (MAFA) HOB-ART 001, Plimsol Gallery, Hobart

Other Painting, Nest, Melbourne (Solo)
Contain Yourself Art Residency Footscray, Melbourne (MAFA) Scapegoat, Grange Place, Melbourne
Conference of the Birds, Laneway Artspace St Kilda, Melbourne (MAFA)

Close to Two Hundred, RMIT, Melbourne


Curator, Rill, Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart (forthcoming)
Curator, The Pink Palace- from isolation, Schmørgåsbaag, Hobart

Artist in residence (studio awarded for 12 months) Contemporary Art Tasmania
Constance Artist Run Initiative- Appointed board member

Wilderness Residency, Cockle Creek, Tasmania – supported by Arts Tas
Painter in residence, Hound in the Hunt, MONA
Integrating Art and Nature workshop (Expressive Arts Ireland), Kilkenny, Ireland

Artist in Residence (AIR) at Tasmanian College of the Arts
Mas Els Iglos Residency, Barcelona, Spain

Kings ARI Internship, Melbourne
Board member of MAFA- Melbourne Artists for Asylum

International Exchange Scholarship (Latin America), UMAP, Australia

Student of the Year Award, Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin, Ireland


        A Night at the Mirage (album cover)
        Rough Skies, 2021

In her own words (written piece)
The Art Newspaper, 2018

Bricks and Feathers (album cover)
Hot Drop Records, 2015

Pony Cunt Nightmare (illustration)
The Lifted Brow, 2014

Self-Titled (album cover)
Pippa Andrew Publishing, 2014

Stilts Does Dads (illustration)
The Lifted Brow, 2013 

The Bones on Black (album cover)
Hot Drop Records, 2012 

Long way to be free (album cover)
Hot Drop Records, 2010 

© Maria Blackwell 2022