Margaret Irwin ArtistBorn in India of Irish parents, Margaret returned to Ireland at the age of nine. Her education led her to Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied Languages and Literature, followed by the History of European Painting. Margaret then chose to train as a painter in the Studio of Andre L'Hôte, Paris, over a three year period. She returned to Dublin and exhibited regularly in the major exhibitions of the time including the "Living Art" and "Oireachtais". In 1957 she married and spent a number of years in Scotland and England raising her family. Returning in 1967, she qualified as an Art Teacher took up Printmaking and continued to exhibit.

Since 1991, Margaret has exhibited in many Juried and Open Shows both in England and Ireland. Her work is held by a number of Public Bodies as well as by private collectors. She has received various Awards and Residencies including a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Galway Co Council in 2008.

She now lives and works in North-West Connemara where she has a professional Printmaking Studio and is active in the life of the Arts Community.

Lifetime Achievment Award received by Margaret Irwin West

Awards:

2017, Print Award, Royal Ulster Academy
2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Individual Artist award, Exhibition and materials, Galway Co Council Arts
2016, Galway Co Council Award of two week' residency at Tyrone Guthry Centre
2008, Lifetime Achievement Award Galway Co Council Arts Awards
2007, 06 and 04, Exhibition and Materials Awards, Galway Co Council
1998, Artist in Residence, Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain
1995, Artist in Residence, Joensuu Print Workshop, Finland
1995, Royal Hibernian Academy "O’Sullivan Graphics Award for Work of Distinction, Print", Dublin

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Elected to AOSDANA  as Visual Arts member. April, 2019.
  • Visual Artists Ireland. Ongoing
  • Black Church Print Studio. 1986 to 2008
  • Galway Print Studio, Galway, Associate. Up to recently
  • Limerick Printmakers, Former member

Art related enterprises

Atlantic Artists' Gallery & Studio, Clifden: A Founder member. The Gallery ran successfully for four years, hosting a number of Invited Artists' Solo Shows as well as one "Artist in Residence" per year. This group to exhibited together 2001 to 2012.

Margaret teaches a small group of Professional Artists who wish to experience Intaglio Printmaking, courtesy of Letterfrack Adult Education.

Margaret has very recently returned from a visit to India, where she was born. As part of this trip she worked in the arist residency "ArtIchol" for two weeks. She also carried out "Card-print" workshops for two local primary schools near ArtIchol. Having done the same workshop in Claddaghduff primary school previously, she set up contact between the schools in India and Ireland and they "Skyped" each other as a first step towards further interaction and shared projects.

Member of AKIN, Award-winning Group since 1991