Maggie Jeffries is a emerging artist from Tasmania, living in Hobart. Her work explores themes of nostalgia and belonging through botanical oil paintings inspired by the gardens in which she spent time as a child, growing up on one of the foothills of kunanyi/ Mt Wellington. In 2018, Maggie was awarded the Despard Gallery NEXT award, going on to show in numerous group exhibitions, including Botanica and Young Bloods. Her inaugural solo exhibition will be held at Despard Gallery in October 2021.
Maggie graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts and Fine Arts, majoring in psychology and painting. Since graduating, she has immersed herself in working alongside and in collaboration with artists with disabilities. In 2020, she received an artist fellowship to visit and work for Creative Growth, an organisation working with over 150 artists with disabilities in California, USA. Recently, Maggie started working with the City of Hobart 2021 Ability to Create annual exhibition, which showcases artists with all abilities and celebrates diversity in the Hobart arts scene.