Madi Acharya-Baskerville is an Asian born, London based diaspora artist. Her cultural heritage continues to have a profound influence on her practice. Her work explores migration and exile and gender issues in the context of climate change. The core of her work exists in the found element, matter that already exists around us, an enduring reflection of the human condition. Her practice involves the synthesis of unlikely elements which she collects from the coastline, woodlands and vintage markets. Using found objects, and textiles which resonate with her, she creates works where materials flow effortlessly into each other. Her practice involves a variety of processes and techniques including painting, beadwork and modelling. Through joyous transformative processes, these objects and materials are reborn as part of something new.
Madi Acharya-Baskerville graduated with an MA in Fine Art at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. She has recently won First Plinth Award (2023), Royal Society of Sculptors. She was selected for the 20/20 residency commission, supported by Arts Council England, Freelands Foundation and University of the Arts London, Decolonizing Institute (2022).Her work entered the Whitworth permanent collection, University of Manchester through the Art Fund New Collecting Award (2021) and was included in ‘Exchanges: Recent Additions to the Collection’ (2021-22).She was awarded DYCP Grant from Arts Council England (2021-22) for developing Ceramic works in the context of museum collections at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Exhibitions include 'Fragments of our time', Whitaker Museum as part of British Textile Biennial, Lancashire (2023), The Stuff on Life/ The Life of Stuff', Sainsbury Centre, Norwich (2023), ‘Creek Dreams’ Seager Gallery, London (2022) ‘Groundwork‘, APT Gallery, London, ‘My Life as a Bird’, (Solo Exhibition), Darl-e and the Bear, Oxford, Absent Authors’, APT Gallery, London 2021), ‘Sanctuary, part 2’, Brunei Gallery, London (2013), ‘Sanctuary, part 1’, National Museum of Kenya, Naibori, Kenya (2011)
Open submissions include, New Art Exchange Open (2023), Exeter Contemporary Open (2022), Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors, (2020-22), Royal West of England Academy Open, (2020) and Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2016).