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Margaret Irwin

Margaret was born in India of Irish parents.

She studied Modern Languages at Trinity College, Dublin, before training as a printer.

She studied in Dublin and with André L'Hote Paris.

From 1977 to 1991 she lectured at Dun Laoghaire School of Art, Co. Dublin and at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Margaret lives in Connemara, Co. Galway on the west coast of Ireland where she has a modern print studio and an etching press.

Solo Shows

2000 Foxford Gallery, Co. Mayo
2000 Sheepchandler Gallery, Roundstone, Co. Galway
1994 Saabs Konstforening, Linkoping, Sweden
1987 The Kenny Gallery, Galway
1985 The Grafton Gallery, Dublin

Group Shows

2000 "Five women from the West", Tristann's Gallery, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
"Millennium Images Ireland America", Seattle Pacific University and Washington Stand Trade and Convention Centre.
"The Emperors New Clothes", Black Church Prints Studio.
"Oireachais National Open Exhibition".
1999 "Printmaking 1999", RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
"Connections", An Dámhlan Kenny Gallery, Galway.
1998 "Summer Exhibition", Royal Hibernan Academy, Dublin
"The Spirit of Galway" Irish Works Boston Multicultural Centre, Boston, U.S.A.
"Black Church Print Studio Exhibition", Galway Arts Centre, Galway.
Logan Gallery, Galway.
Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
1997 "Black Church Print Studio Exhibition" Original Print Gallery, Dublin.
"Summer Exhibition" Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
"From the Land" Exhibition, Latvia
"Celtic Dream" Galway Artists Chambery, France & Rome, Italy.
1996 "Summer Exhibition" Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
"Black and White Show" Original Print Gallery, Dublin.
"Claremorris Open Exhibition" Co. Mayo.
"Oireachtais Exhibition" Dublin.
"The Making of Prints Open Exhibition" Wakefield, England.
1995 "Summer Exhibition" Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
"Cork Printmakers Exhibition" Crawford Gallery, Cork.
"Blackchurch Print StudioExhibition" Dublin.
"May Print Festival" Galway Arts Centre, Galway.
"Monoghan Open Exhibition" Co. Monoghan.
"Miniprint de Cadaques" Barcelona, Spain.
"Printmaker's Council Open Show" Whiteley's, London.
"Impressions" Open Exhibition, Galway.
1994 "Summer Exhibition" Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
"Living Landscapes 1994" Skibbereen, Co. Cork.
"Oireachtais Exhibition" Dublin.
"Claremorris Open Exhibition" Co. Mayo.
Studio 55 Open Exhibition, Limerick.
1985 - 1993 Various National and International Group "Open Shows"


Allied Irish Leasing Collection, Dublin
Aer Lingus Collection, Dublin
Smurfit Art Collection, Dublin
Michael Caroll Collection, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Rev. Prof. E.F. O'Doherty Collection, Newman House, Dublin.
Elizabeth Guinness Collection, Dublin
Office of Public Works Collection, Dublin
Department of Foreign Affairs Collection, Dublin
City of Boston Public Libraries, U.S.A.
Galway County Council Collection, Galway.
Private collections in the U.S.A., Sweden, Spain, France, England and Ireland.

" ……………. Also impressive are the etching of Margaret Irwins, who uses shading and depth to make physically familiar objects, such as stones, twigs or metal vessels, yield up greater resonance's that suggest their social contexts and their multiple meanings in the lives of these landscape's inhabitants ………………."

Review from CIRCA 92, Summer 2000


2000 Arts Council of Ireland Arts Flights to Chicago
1998 Artist-in Residence, Funcdación Valparaiso, Spain
1995 Arts Council of Ireland Art Flight to Copenhagen
1995 Artist-in Residence, Joensuu Print Workshop, Finland
1995 RHA O'Sullivan Graphic Supplies Award for Work of Distinction