Margaret Ashman CV


MA Printmaking University of Brighton with londonprintstudio 2005

BA Fine Art University of Hertfordshire 1998 – 2003

MA Physics Somerville College, Oxford 1977 – 1980

Fellow Royal Society Painter Printmakers (RE) 2010 to date

Chairman Printmakers Council 2011 to date



Intaglio Prize, RE Members Exhibition, 2012

International Print Prize, 3rd Guanlan Print Biennial, Guanlan , China 2011

Finalist Art of Giving National Art Competition, Saatchi Gallery, London 2010

Finalist St Mary’s Stations of the Cross Commission 2006

First Prize University of Brighton, Mini Print Competition 2005

Julian Trevelyan Memorial Award, Originals 04, Mall Galleries 2004

University of Hertfordshire Degree Prize Winner 2003



Guangdong Museum of Art, China

Penang State Museum, Malaysia

Museum of Graphic Art, Split, Croatia

Shenzhen University, China

Guanlan Print Base, China

International Print Triennial Society, Krakow, Poland

University of Hertfordshire

Ashmolean Museum



Harlow College 2008

Guanlan Original Print Base, Guanlan, China 2009


Major Exhibitions 

2013 Process and Innovation, Touring UK

2013 Global Print, Douro, Portugal

2013 Print Fusion, Gallery Ten, Edinburgh

2013 Fresh Intelligence, Number eleven Gallery, Bristol

2013 LPS Featured, londonprintstudio, London

2012 Fifth Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

2012 Lingshi Print Bienniale, China

2012 Tokyo Prints, Tokyo

2012 BITE Artists Making Prints, Mall Galleries, London

2012 6th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro, Portugal

2012 6th International Kyoto Hanga 2012, International Print Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan

2011 V Splitgraphic, International Graphic Art Biennial, Split, Croatia

2011 Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Bulgaria

2011 BITE Artists Making Prints, Mall Galleries

2011 Print & Design NOW!, SW1 Gallery

2011 3rd Guanlan International Print Biennial, Shenzhen China

2010 ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries

2010 Art of Giving, Saatchi Gallery

2010 2nd Penang International Print Exhibition, Penang

2010 Bienial Internacional de Gravura, Douro (Invited Artist)

2010 International Print Triennial, Oldenburg

2010 Multiple Matters – Graphic Concepts, Vienna

2009 Bunkier Sztuki, International Print Triennial MTG-Kraków

2009 Rondo Sztuki, International PrintArt Triennial Kraków-Katowice

2009 Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, Poland, Print or Photography?

2009 Qijiang, China, International Prints Exhibition and Festival,

2009 Museum of Modern Art, Liege 7th International Engraving Biennial



Margaret Ashman creates photo etchings starting with photographs of deaf models signing or performing sign dance. Her practice stems from the notion that signing and gesture have a particular resonance because of their origins as the roots of language. Sometimes language is embedded in the artwork by giving the model a text, often of religious origin, to sign. The work centres around emotional and spiritual issues such as relationships, transformation and transcendence. Some works include appropriated imagery from found sources, such as embroideries or ceramics, adding further constructs.



Margaret  read Physics at Oxford and had a brief career as a Physicist. While her children were still young she returned to studying first for a Fine Art degree at the University of Hertfordshire and then for a Printmaking MA at Brighton, graduating in 2005. She is Chairman of the Printmakers Council of Great Britain and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.  Aside from her art practice, she curates and project manages exhibitions such as the British International Mini Print and the RE Open.