Margaret Irwin ArtistMargaret was born in India to Irish parents and 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'Hote, 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" Exhibitions.

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


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

  • Visual Artists Ireland. Ongoing
  • Black Church Print Studio. 1986 to 2008
  • Lorg Printmakers, Galway, Associate. Ongoing
  • Limerick Printmakers, Associate. Ongoing

Art related enterprises

Margaret was a founding member of the Atlantic Artists’ Gallery & Studio, Clifden. The Gallery ran succesfully for four years, hosting a number of Invited Artists’ Solo Shows as well as one "Artist in Residence" per year. This group continues to exhibit together yearly.

Member of AKIN, Award-winning Group since 1991