Approved: 16.08.2006

Margaret Ashman

Artist, Curator, Maker, 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: Chester, North West
  • Contexts: Exhibition, Project
  • Artforms: Installation, Printmaking
  • Tags: 2d, sign language, screen print, artist book, printmaking, photo etching, dance, movement, university of kent, black & white, contemplation, multiples & editions, asian, freestyle, oriental embroidery



    Artist Statement

    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 and Two Person exhibitions

    2022 Breaking Bread, Solo Show, The Swiss Church, London

    2019 Higher Ground, Solo Show, The Muse Gallery, London

    2018 - Embodying Gesture, with Rod McIntosh, The Muse Gallery, London
    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


    Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
    PrintFest, Algarden, Boras, Sweden
    Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
    Flow, Gallery 57, Arundel
    A Silent Space Between, Gallery 57, Arundel
    RE Original Prints, Bankside Gallery
    London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy
    Journeys, Printmakers Council, Touring Exhibition


    Light/Matter: Art at the Intersection of Photography and Printmaking, 1954 - 2017, University of Alberta, Edmonton, May 8th - June 2nd 
    Impress III, The Gallery, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury April 7th - May 19th


    International Contemporary Print Show, Gallery Sugino, Tokyo
    Light/Matter: Art at the Intersection of Photography and Printmaking, 1954 - 2017, Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, IN, USA
    Capturing Movement: Art and Contemporary Dance, University of Kent
    Japan/UK Printmakers:Poetry of Place, The Koppel Project Gallery, London W1
    Contemporary art Exhibition with Hornshaw Gallery, A&D Gallery, Marylebone
    Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery, London
    London Print Studio Summer Exhibition
    Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
    RE Original Prints
    Shakespeare: A Celebration, William Roland Gallery of Fine Art, California Lutheran University, CA, USA
    Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead
    London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London
    Crossing the Tees, North East
    Open Studio, Park Studios, London
    Lasting Impressions: A Selection of works from the Printmakers Council Archive
    Incisioni Al Feminile, Atlelier Controsegno, Pozzuoli, Italy
    Shape Open, Ecology Pavilion, Mile End, London
    Pushing Boundaries, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Ireland

    Loosely Bound, HLSI, Highgate and Printroom Studio, Suffolk
    Pushing Boundaries, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 
    The Masters, Bankside Gallery
    National Original Print Exhibition, London
    A Taste of Printroom, Printroom, Suffolk
    LOOP, Bankside Gallery, 
    In Two Parts, Lombard Gallery, Margate
    Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery
    Celebrating Shakespeare, Bankside Gallery
    Members Summer Exhibition, London Print Studio
    Contemporary Prints by the RE, For Arts Sake, Ealing
    RE Originals, Bankside Gallery
    London Original Print Fair, London
    Shifting Subjects (film), Usher Gallery, Lincoln
    Invited Artist, 8th International Print Biennial, Douro
    4th Art at Wharepuke Open Printmaking Show, Kerikeri, New Zealand

    Fifty Years of Artists Prints, Bankside Gallery 
    Parallel Prints, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia
    Multiplied, Christies
    7th Splitgraphic Biennial, Old Town Hall, Split 
    National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery 
    Shifting Subjects, Abbey Walk Gallery  
    Print Exhibition Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford 
    St Barbes Museum, Lymington 
    Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery 
    Affordable Art Fair Hampstead 
    Open Studios, Park Studios, Finsbury Park 
    50:50, New Ashgate Gallery 
    Good Figures, The Downland Jerwood Gridshell, West Sussex 
    London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy
    Imprint, Wetpaint Gallery, Cirencester
    Good Figures, Mall Galleries 
    Works on Paper, Barbican Library 

    3rd Shanghai International Printmaking Exhibition, China Art Museum, Shanghai
    Abbey Walk Gallery Winter Exhibition
    ING Discerning Eye Exhibition
    National Original Print Exhibition
    CMYK, Pie Factory, Margate
    Connections, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
    Off the Wall, Bankside Gallery
    Parallel Prints, Jinling Art Museum, Nanjing, China
    Parallel Prints, Galerie Apart, Le Bourg Marcilhac -sur- Cele, France
    Saxons meeting Saxons, Dresden, Germany
    Invited Artist 7th International Biennial, Douro 2014
    Towry Art Evening
    Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
    Bainbridge Open Exhibition
    RE Original Prints
    London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy
    Freshly Pressed, Clerkenwell
    Mini Picture Show, Bankside Gallery
    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

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

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

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2017 Winner London Print Studio Summer Exhibition 
    2015 Arts Council Commission for Shifting Subjects 
    2012 Intaglio Printmaker Award, RE Annual Members' Exhibition, Bankside Gallery 
    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