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Margaret Arthur

Born and educated in Derry, Northern Ireland. Studied Fine Art painting and etching at Belfast College of Art. Post graduate degree in Printmaking from Brighton College of Art. Co-founder of Seacourt Print Workshop in 1981 and currently Honorary Director on Board of Trustees. Exhibits widely in Ireland, U.K., Europe and U.S.A. Lived and worked for a year in Washington D.C., holding a solo exhibition at Russell Rotunda, Capitol Hill. Elected Associate of Royal Ulster Academy in 2002 where she served on the Council 2003-2007. Elected Academician 2006. R.U.A. In 2007 spent six months on California, printmaking in Stanford University, and The Pacific Art League.

My work explores relationships, describing the essence of experiences and situations, often symbolically, sometimes through narration. Through the layering of images, using original printmaking, mixed media and oil on canvas, I build a composition where the physical merges with the spiritual. The inner landscape of our bodies integrates with the outer landscapes of our lives. Microscopic patterns in natural forms and figures are magnified and transformed using delicate papers and transparent glazes with oil paint. Recent work continues to consider the passage of precious time, changes I family relationships, harmonies and heartbreaks – things that can strike a universal chord.

Past Graphic Studio Gallery Exhibitions:
» 2010 Summer Show
» 2006 Print
» 1996 Recent Prints

Recent Solo Exhibitions
» 2009 'Out of the Shadows, Into the Sun', The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast
» 2006 Recent Works, Yard Gallery, Holywood
» 2005 'Inner Landscapes', Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
» 2002 'A Life More Precious Now...', Cambridge Gallery, Derry
» 2000 'The Dream and the Awakening', Original prints and print based mixed media, Harmony Hill Arts Centre, Lisburn
» 1999 Genitor - Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards (2 person Show) 'Angels of Morning Light', Townhouse Gallery, Belfast
» 1998 'A Time to Forgive', Russell Rotunda, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

Recent Juried Exhibitions
» 2009 'Response', University of Ulster, Belfast and Arizona State University, Arizona
» 2009 Seacourt Print Workshop Exhibition, Battletown Gallery, Newtownards
» 2009 Seacourt Print Workshop Exhibition, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
» 2009 'Technique', Artzyard, Portaferry
» 2009 'Small Print, Big Imagination', The Loft, Portaferry Yard Gallery, Holywood
» 2007 The Basement Gallery, Enniskillen
» 2007 126th R.U.A. Exhibition
» 2007 Ross's Auction House, Belfast, Seacourt Print Workshop Exhibition
» 2007 Life Portfolio, International Exchange Exhibitions
» 2006 7th Triennale Mini Print International, Chamalieres, France
» 2006 Boyle Festival Exhibition
» 2006 125th R.U.A. Anniversary, Co. Roscommon
» 2006 The Gallery, Hillsborough Castle, R.U.A.
» 2006 Bridge Gallery, Dublin
» 2005 International Exhibition, Sweden 'Karborumtrych, Finland
» 2004 'Black and White' Exhibition Ireland/Sweden, juried by Micky Donnelly -travelling
» 2003/2004 5th British Miniature Print Exhibition, travelling extensively in England and Scotland
» 2003 Invited Artist. Triennale Modicile Estamp C, Chamalieres, France
» 2003 Northern Ireland Print Project, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast. Collaboration with David Crone

Collections
Health Care Trusts throughout Northern Ireland
Work held in many public and private collections including;
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
New Hall, Cambridge, England
Northern Bank Collection
Hastings Hotels
Depart of Environment

Awards
Support for the Individual Artist, Arts Council for Northern Ireland, 2008, 2002
Nicholson & Bass Award, R.U.A. Ulster Museum, 2004
A.C.N.I., Travel Award, (Support for Individual Artist) to Mississippi
Sir James Kilfedder Memorial Bursary, 2001, 2-week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig
Visual Arts Award, A.C.N.I. 1996
Travel Award, Aer Lingus/Arts Council to Washington D.C
Express Litho Award for Printmaking, Royal Ulster Academy, 1993