Approved: 16.08.2006

Margaret Ashman

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

Margaret’s work is an enquiry into the emotional side of human relationships and the inner, spiritual dimension of living. She makes works that engage, sometimes to elicit a dramatic, visceral, emotional reaction, sometimes to provoke in a gentler, more thoughtful way. She works from photographs of Deaf people using sign language. She is interested in the way that meaning becomes lost as words

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Curating, Exhibitions programme
  • Categories: Curatorial, Digital, Photography, Printmaking, Text
  • Tags: Photo Etching, sign language, deaf, text, signdance, spiritual, printmaking, cross discipline, Sign language, Printmaking
 
 

Biography

Margaret’s work is an enquiry into the emotional side of human relationships and the inner, spiritual dimension of living. She makes works that engage, sometimes to elicit a dramatic, visceral, emotional reaction, sometimes to provoke in a gentler, more thoughtful way. She works from photographs of Deaf people using sign language. She is interested in the way that meaning becomes lost as words are translated into sign and then into a still image on paper. Sometimes she gives her models texts to sign, or simply allows them to communicate as they wish. The deficiency of trying to capture time based signs with still photography results in communication ambiguity if not total breakdown. Some of her works are life size images of people, caught mid- frame, in the extremes of emotion. Digital photography can capture micro-expressions – very short-lived facial expressions, normally hidden, which may appear to show the opposite emotion that the person is feeling. These works are dark and dramatic but as you get closer to them, the image becomes more ambiguous then breaks up and almost disappears. Other works feature groups of people signing or combined images of Deaf people with imagined elements such as flowers. They are a visualisation of the spiritual, inner realm.. This work is about consciousness and unconsciousness, about the self and our image of ourselves.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training
2010 - Elected to Fellowship of Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, RE, Bankside Gallery
2006 - City and Guilds Certificate in Further Education Teaching Stage 1, Kensington and Chelsea College, Wornington Road
2005 - MA Printmaking and Professional Practice, in assoc with London Print Studio, University of Brighton, Brighton
2003 - BA Fine Art, University of Hertfordshire
1980 - MA Physics, Oxford University, Oxford

Solo exhibitions
2009 - Con Fuoco, Hepsibah Gallery, London
2008 - A Time to Dance, Hepsibah Gallery, Hammersmith
2006 - Solo Exhibition, Hepsibah Gallery, Hammersmith
2006 - Under One Sky, Kodak Recreation Group, Harrow
2003 - Margaret Ashman, Fovea Gallery, West Harrow
2001 - Margaret Ashman, The Radlett Centre, Hertfordshire

Group exhibitions
2013 - Multiplied, Christies, Global Print, Douro, Ten, Bankside Gallery, Pushing Print, Margate, Parallel Print Project, Print Fusion, Edinburgh, Guanlan Biennial Additional Biennial, London Original Print Fair, Photographics, Great Western Studios, Fresh Intelligence, Bristol, Lps Featured, London
2012 -Fifth Beijing International Art Biennial, Lingshi Print Bienniale, China, Multiplied, Christies, Tokyo Prints, Bite, Mall Galleries, Head and Whole 2 Abbey Walk Gallery, North Lincolnshire Print Open
2011 - 3rd Guanlan International Print Biennial, Guanlan Print Base, China
2011 - A4 Printmakers Open, Poly Arts Centre, Falmouth
2011 - BITE: Artists Making Prints, Mall Galleries, London
2011 - Contemporary Prints by Printmakers Council, Acquire Arts, London
2011 - Eastern Light, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London
2011 - Head and Whole, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2011 - Inspired by the Orient, Obsidian Art, Aylesbury
2011 - Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London
2011 - Portraiture Unraveled, Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-super-mare
2011 - Press Freedom, The Station, Richmond
2011 - Print & Design NOW!, SW1 Gallery, London
2011 - RE Summer Show, Bankside Gallery, London
2011 - Second Edition, National Theatre, London
2011 - The Affordable Art Fair, Whitewall Partners, London
2011 - The Mini Picture Show, Bankside Gallery, London
2011 - Untitled, Vyner Street Gallery, London 2010 - 2nd International Print Biennial, Penang Art Museum, Malaysia
2010 - Bienial Internacional de Gravura, Douro Art Museum, Portugal
2010 - Christmas Contemporaries, Collyer Bristow, London
2010 - Exchange 7, Print Zero Studios, Seattle
2010 - ING Discerning Eye , Mall Galleries, London
2010 - International Print Triennial , Stadtmuseum, Oldenburg
2010 - London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London
2010 - Multiple Matters - Graphic Concepts, Vienna Museum, Vienna
2010 - New Season: Flight, Caxton Contemporary, Whitstable
2010 - Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery, London
2010 - Originals 10, Mall Galleries, London
2010 - Print Now, Bearspace, London Art Fair, Islington, London
2010 - Printmakers Council Exhibition, Solander Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2010 - Pushing Print, Venues in Margate, Margate
2009 - 2nd International Print Biennial, Guanlan Original Print Base, China
2009 - 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition, London Print Studio and touring, London 2009 - 7th International Biennial of Engraving, Museum of Modern Art, Liege, Belgium
2009 - Centrepiece, Spike Island, Open Impact 6, Bristol
2009 - International Graphic Art Biennial, Split Museum, Split, Croatia
2009 - International Print Triennial MTG-Krakow, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland
2009 - International Prints Exhibition and Festival, Quijiang, China
2009 - Lasting Impressions, National Theatre, South Bank, London
2009 - London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, Piccadilly
2009 - Originals 09: The Contemporary Printmaking Show, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London 2009 - Pierre Press and Printmakers Council, Marcilhac-sur-Cele, France
2009 - Print ArtTriennial, Rondo Sztuki, Katowice, Poland
2009 - Print or Photography, Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, Poland
2009 - Printmakers Council Exhibition, Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, New Zealand
2009 - Thirty Years/Thirty Artists, Oxo Gallery, South Bank, London
2009 - Vision/Division, All Saints, Harrow, Harrow
2008 - British Printmakers, Obsidian Art, Aylesbury
2008 - London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens
2008 - Originals O8, Mall Galleries, London
2008 - Personal Journeys, Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth
2008 - Print Perspectives, Caxton Contemporary, Whitstable
2008 - RE Annual Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
2008 - RE exchange exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Nairobi
2008 - The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2008 - The Americas Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Prints, Ohio University and touring, USA 2008 - Through The Lens, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2007 - 20 Impressions, Oxo Gallery, Oxo Tower, South Bank
2007 - 6th Lessedra Print Annual, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2007 - A Leaf from a Sketchbook, Bankside Gallery, Hopton Street, London SE1
2007 - Guanlan International Print Biennale, Shenzen University, Shenzen, China
2007 - I Love Print, London Print Studio, London Print Studio Gallery, London W10
2007 - Multiple Views, The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber, Lincolnshire
2007 - RE Annual Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, Hopton Street
2007 - Skylark Gallery stand, Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
2007 - The Portrait in Print, Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf
2006 - 5TH Lessedra World Art Print Annual 2006, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2006 - 6th British International Miniature Print Exhibition, Gracefield Art Centre, Ards Arts Centre, St Fergus Gallery, various locations in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, England
2006 - Contemporary Prints, Printmakers Council Exhibition, Chatham Art Centre, Chatham, Kent
2006 - Harrow Contemporary, London Gallery West, University of Westminster, Harrow Campus
2006 - Originals 06, Mall Galleries, The Mall
2005 - Aspects of Print, Swiss Cottage Gallery, Swiss Cottage
2005 - Contemporary Prints 3, London Print Studio, london, W10
2005 - Originals 05: The Contemporary Print Making Show, Mall Galleries, London
2005 - Wayzgoose, The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
2005 - World Art Print Annual, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
2004 - Contemporary Prints, London Print Studio, London
2004 - Network AD Summer Exhibition, The Candid Arts Trust, London
2004 - Originals 04: The Contemporary Print Making show, Mall Galleries, London
2004 - The Art of Love, Cork Street, London
2004 - The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London
2004 - Two-Man Show, St.Albans Cathedral, North Transept, St Albans

Curated projects
2011 - Head and Whole, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2011 - Portraiture Unraveled, Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-super-mare

Workshops
2003 - Harrow Art Festival, Harrow
2001 - Oxford Kilburn Club, Oxford
1985 - Youth Worker, Oxford Kilburn Club, Oxford

Residencies
2009 - Artist-in-residence, Guanlan Original Print Base, Shenzhen, China
2008 - Printmaking, Harlow College, Essex

Competitions, prizes and awards
2011 - International Print Prize, 3rd Guanlan Print Biennial, Guanlan Print Base, China
2010 - Finalist, Art of Giving, Saatchi Gallery, London
2007 - Election to Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, RE, Bankside Gallery, 48, Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH
2006 - St Mary's Stations of the Cross Commission Competition Runner Up, St Mary's Church, Stoke Newington
2005 - Mini Print Competition, winner, University of Brighton
2004 - Julian Trevelyan Memorial Award, Mall Galleries
2003 - Hertfordshire University Degree Prize, winner, Hertfordshire University, Hatfield