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“Mandy Hunniford is one of Tasmania’s most exciting and inspiring contemporary artists. Mandy’s love of Tasmania is deep and through her highly developed skill as a storyteller provides a multi layered visual experience and narrative for the viewer. Her paintings encapsulate Tasmania’s unique heritage qualities, community sentiment and values, personal stories of everyday people and highlight the robustness, fragility and power of Tasmania’s natural environment. Mandy’s contribution to Tasmania will be acknowledged well into the future”.

Matthew Smithies – Director, National Trust Tasmania

Mandy Hunniford is the fourth generation of her family to come from Queenstown, a mining town situated on the West Coast of Tasmania. As a child, this dramatic landscape had a signicant impact and has created a lifelong artistic and ancestral pull. Later Mandy moved north with her family to live near the beach at Port Sorell where she was encouraged to paint. Early works reveal a creative interest in this beach as well as her mother’s gardens both of which later lead to Mandy’s various visual interpretations of flowers, trees, beaches and gardens.

After years of pushing the boundaries of what the Tasmanian landscape looked like, Mandy now asks the questions: how do we fit in this land? What are our stories? What secrets do the towns hold? Her aim is to delve deeper into the mysterious, contested and beautiful Tasmanian landscape and into the complex histories of its towns and communities.

As an established artist, Mandy produces artworks, installations and productions that present Tasmanian history in a way that is unique in its historical/contemporary narrative. Her aim is to portray history within the framework of the Tasmanian landscape that defines our past, present and future. With the use of evocation, allegories and connections, the intention of Mandy’s work is to present an inventive and thought-provoking demonstration of contemporary art practice with a historical perspective.

Mandy lives and works in Karoola and Queenstown, Tasmania. She is represented by Gallery Pejean, Launceston and Panoply Gallery, Melbourne.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Solo Exhibitions, Installations and Events:

2017      The Celestials, Gallery Pejean, Launceston

2015       The Garden, Panoply Gallery, Melbourne

2014       In Memoriam, Queenstown Parts 3 & 4, Mine Managers Office Queenstown. Presented as part of The Unconformity in partnership with National Trust, Tasmania and The Unconformity

2014      An Artists Journey, Cockle Creek to Queenstown, A Conversation with Contemporary Artist Mandy Hunniford and Richard Mulvaney, Director, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery,  Launceston. Presented by National Trust, Tasmania as part of the Tasmanian Heritage Festival

2012      In Memoriam, Queenstown Part 2 – Centenary Projection 12.10.2012, Galley Museum Queenstown. Presented as part of The Unconformity

2012      The Midlands – A Historical Narrative, Claredon House, Evandale. Presented by National Trust, Tasmania and supported by Arts Tasmania

2011       In Memoriam, Queenstown Part 1, Providore Gallery, Launceston and LARQ Gallery, Queenstown

2011       Cockle Creek to Queenstown – A Historical Narrative, Academy of the Arts, Inveresk.  Supported by Arts Tasmania

2008      The Midlands Highway – Whimsy and Pathos, Handmark Gallery, Hobart

2005      The Beach, Nisart Gallery, Launceston

2003      Charcoal Skies and Viridian Seas, Nisart Gallery, Launceston

2002      Romancing the Landscape, Nisart Gallery, Launceston

2001      Fragments of Other Places – Posters and Postcards, Despard Gallery, Hobart

2001      Just Making Memories – Posters and Postcards, Nisart Gallery, Launceston

1998      View from a Window, Snake Pit Gallery, Launceston

1995      The Island, Snake Pit Gallery, Launceston

1994      Landscape, Memory and Passion, Snake Pit Gallery, Launceston

1993      New Paintings (Curated by Diane Dunbar), Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston

1992      Small Works, Ritchie’s Mill Art Centre, Launceston

1992      Between Words and Wisdom, Despard Gallery, Hobart

1991      New Works, Gallery B, University of Tasmania at Launceston

1990      Recent Paintings, Cockatoo Gallery, Launceston

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017       30 x 30 Exhibition, Gallery Pejean, Launceston

2016      Landscapes 2016, Gallery Pejean, Launceston

2016      SHE, Gallery Pejean, Launceston

2016      Still Life Revisited, Gallery Pejean, Launceston

2015      Director’s Choice, Gallery Pejean, Launceston

2015      Tasmania, Gallery Pejean @White Sands Estate, Ironhouse Point

2015      In the Garden, Panoply Gallery, Melbourne

2015      New Works, Panoply Gallery, Melbourne

2015      Director’s Choice, Gallery Pejean @White Sands Estate, Ironhouse Point

2015       Landscapes, Gallery Pejean @White Sands Estate, Ironhouse Point

2014      Canterbury Art Exhibition, Melbourne

2014      Landscape Exhibition Gallery Pejean, Launceston

2014      Sawtooth ARI Members Exhibition curated by Mat Carey, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston

2014      Connections 10th Anniversary Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston

2014      LGH Art Prize (Winner) and Exhibition ARTrium Gallery, Launceston

2014      Small Works, Panoply Gallery, Melbourne

2014      30 x 30, Gallery Pejean, Launceston

Exhibited in 76 Group Exhibitions since 1990

Awards, Grants & Prizes:

2016      Bay of Fires Art Prize, St Helens – Finalist

2014      Launceston General Hospital Art Prize – Winner

2013      Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide – Finalist

2012      Bay of Fires Art Prize, St. Helens – Finalist

2010      Arts Tasmania exhibition funding for Cockle Creek to Queenstown – A Historical Narrative

2010      Glover Prize, Evandale – Finalist

2009      Glover Prize, Evandale – Finalist

2008      Glover Prize, Evandale – Finalist

2005      Glover Prize, Evandale – Finalist

1999      Trust Bank Art Award, Launceston – Winner

1998      Trust Bank Art Award, Launceston – Finalist

1994      Trust Bank Art Award, Launceston – Finalist

1993      Trust Bank Art Award, Launceston – Finalist

Collections:

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

University of Tasmania

Devonport Regional Gallery

Launceston General Hospital

Royal Hobart Hospital (Wellington Centre)

Burnie City Council

Represented in private collections in Australia, England, United States, Germany and New Zealand

Education:

1994      Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts, University of Tasmania

1990      Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Tasmania

Teaching: 

1996      Painting Tutor, University of Tasmania

1995      Graduate Assistant, University of Tasmania

Curatorial Projects: 

2007          Curated Still Life exhibition at the Design Centre, Launceston with artists Mandy Hunniford, Robin McKinnon and Denise Campbell as part of Living Artists Week

1992 – 98  Co-curated group and benefit shows for the Snakepit Gallery, Launceston

1992 – 98   Co-curated group and benefit shows for the Snakepit Gallery, Launceston

1991            Curated exhibition of woodcuts by Melbourne artist John Ryrie, Gallery B, University of Tasmania, Launceston

1990 – 93  Co-curated group exhibitions at various venues for the Battery Art Co-op

Professional Memberships: 

2013          Member of Sawtooth ARI, Launceston

1992 – 98  Member of Launceston Art Co-op, Snakepit Gallery, Launceston

1990 – 97  Member of Russell Street Studios, Launceston

1990 – 92  Member of Battery Art Co-op, Launceston

Charities & Fundraisers – Donation of Artwork:

2017       Sawtooth ARI Annual Fundraising Exhibition, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston

2016      Sawtooth ARI Annual Fundraising Auction

2016      Heart Foundation Fundraising Gala Ball

2015      Sawtooth ARI Annual Fundraising Auction

2014      Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival Art Auction, Queenstown

2014      Cancer Council Tasmania Pink Ball, Country Club, Launceston

2014      Sawtooth ARI Fundraiser, Launceston

2014      10th Anniversary of Fundraiser and Auction to support the Artist in Residence Program at Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston

2013      Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal Fundraiser: Launceston Responds, Helping our Tassie Mates, Tailrace Centre Launceston

2013      Sawtooth ARI Fundraiser, Launceston

2012      Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival Art Auction, Queenstown

2012 – 2006  Fundraiser and Auction to support the Artist in Residence Program at Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston

Bibliography and Publications:

Sutczak P. & M. Smithies Mandy Hunniford: In Memoriam, Queenstown Parts 1 – 6 Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival 2014

ABC News Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival 13 October 2014

Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival No ordinary place, No ordinary festival catalogue 2014

Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival Fine Arts Auction catalogue 2014

Dadson M. Epic Works a Tribute to Mining Town Sunday Magazine Examiner 5 October 2014

National Trust Tasmania Journeys: Tasmanian Heritage Festival catalogue 2014

Bywaters M. Dr. Tasmania Today: An Island State, catalogue essay 2013

Sutczak P. In Memoriam Projection/Mt. Lyell Mine Disaster Painting Write Response Blog May 6 2013

http://writeresponse.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Mandy%20Hunniford

Bay of Fires Art Prize catalogue 2012

Machen M. Tribute to Midland’s Past Sunday Magazine Examiner April 2012

Bywaters M. Dr. Hits and Memories: 10 years at the Academy Gallery E Catalogue Academy Gallery, Academy of the Arts 2012

Machen M. History in the Picture Sunday Magazine Examiner 14 August 2012

Antipodes, A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature New York  cover December issue 2012

Quilliam D. Mandy Hunniford Cockle Creek to Queenstown A Historical Narrative catalogue Academy Gallery, Academy of the Arts 2011

Glover Art Prize catalogue 2010

McGrath V. & McGrath D. RSPCA Best Friends catalogue 2009

Glover Art Prize catalogue 2009

Selby C. Gallery Watch Mercury 8 March 2008

ABC Television Stateline 14 August 2008

McGrath V. & McGrath D. Fifty Trees of Launceston Academy Gallery, Design Centre catalogue 2008

Glover Art Prize Catalogue 2008

Living Artist’s Week catalogue 2007

Glover Art Prize catalogue 2005

Andersch J. Gallery Watch Mercury 4 December 2004

Nisart Gallery The Beach catalogue 2004

Malor D. Dr. Sticks and Stones catalogue Academy Gallery Academy of the Arts 2004

ABC Television Sunday Arts 12 August 2004

Andersch J. Gallery Watch, Mercury 7 August 2001

Inside – Outside catalogue 1998

Snake Pit Gallery Hiss Review 1992 – 1998