Margaret Becker


Margaret Becker Statement I am inspired or motivated by my every day surroundings. I have no political statement. I love my environment and what crosses my mind that day! I never know what is going to make me sit down and produce a new print. CV Margaret Becker founded the Leinster Printmaking Studio in Clane in 1998. Up to then Margaret had a wide and varied life within the world of art. After graduating from N.C.A.D. she worked in "an toir gloinne" with Patrick Pollen and afterwards shared a studio with Patrick Pye in Herbert St.,Dublin.  After marrying she moved to Scotland and taught art in the local primary school in Fort Augustus. She returned to Dublin in 1966 and joined the Graphic Studio in 1972. Margaret has won many awards and has worked on commissions for stained glass windows all over Ireland. (ref. the shell guide to Ireland 1983 by Peter Harbison), and Europe. She won the Biennale prize for print in Listowel during Writers Week and was awarded 1st prize for her stained glass panel celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Messenger Magazine, in an International Competition for the event in Dublin. Margaret is currently working from the Leinster Print Studio in Clane and during the past years has initiated a collaboration with the Welsh print makers, resulting with an exhibition in the Riverbank Art Centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. She is also involved in an exhibition with the Asian Dance Academy, Belfast, on Indian and Irish culture, which originally opened in Riverbank in 2005 and which will now tour the North of Ireland, showing in the Museum of Ulster and a venue in Leitrim. During Eigse, Carlow 2010 Margaret introduced the BOG exhibition to the festival. This exhibition was curated by Peter Jones. With the help of Michael Jacobson the project explored all aspects of the bog. The exhibition which will next tour libraries in Kildare and Kilkenny. Margaret's prints are currently on show in Canada, Hong Kong and Scotland. She is undertaking the 2nd phase of the BOG exhibition in collaboration with the Highland Print Studio, Inverness, for an exhibition in 2011

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