Margaret Silverwood was born in South Australia in 1966, migrated to Dunedin, New Zealand in 1981, and is now based in Whanganui. She has written and illustrated three children's picture books under the name Margaret Shannon, which have been published in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S.A., Great Britain and Korea. After graduating with distinction in 2004 as a Bachelor of Fine Arts printmaking major from the Quay School of the Arts, Whanganui UCOL, Margaret has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand. She has also exhibited in group shows in Australia and the United States, and participated in an international print exchange originating from Monash University, Melbourne. Margaret has self-published two mini-comics, winning the Art award in the New Zealand Comic Awards 2010 for Utopia Now: Vol. 1, and has taught an elective in Comics and Graphic Storytelling at Whanganui UCOL for the BFA programme.

Margaret Silverwood's printmaking and drawing reflects her interest in human beings' troubled relationship with the rest of nature, our colonial past, the relationship of Europeans to Pacific cultures, and the pitfalls of modern living.

EXHIBITION HISTORY

  • Awards
    • 2016

      • Short-listed for the Parkin Drawing Prize
    • 2015

      • Received the Highly Commended Award for Works on Paper at the 2015 Taranaki National Art Awards
    • 2014

      • Short-listed for the 2014 Parkin Drawing Prize
    • 2013

      • Received the Works on Paper Award at the 2013 Taranaki National Art Awards
      • Short-listed for the 2013 Parkin Drawing Prize
    • 2012

      • Received the Works on Paper Award at the 2012 Taranaki National Art Awards
    • 2010

      • Received the Art Award (for the mini-comic Utopia Now:Vol. 1) at the 2010 New Zealand Comics "Eric" awards
  • Solo Exhibitions
    • 2011

      • Running in Green Fields, Solander Gallery, Wellington
    • 2008

      • You, Me and The Wild, Solander Gallery, Wellington
  • Two-Person Exhibition
    • 2007
      • Don't Ask, Solander Gallery, Wellington (with Catherine Macdonald)
  • Group Exhibitions
    • 2017

      • Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant on the Quay, Whanganui
    • 2016

      • Xmas 16, PG gallery 192, Christchurch
      • Plate Oh!, Rayner Bros. Gallery, Whanganui
      • Taranaki National Art Awards, Sandfords Event Centre, Opunake
      • The Parkin Drawing Prize, NZAFA Gallery, Wellington
      • Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant On the Quay, Whanganui
    • 2015

      • Made by Hand, Solander Gallery, Wellington
      • Paper-Works Christmas Show, Paper-Works, Napier
      • PG gallery 192 Christmas Show, PG gallery 192, Christchurch
      • New Space, New Place, Edith Gallery, Whanganui
      • Taranaki National Art Awards, Sandfords Event Centre, Opunake
      • Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant on the Quay, Whanganui
    • 2014

      • Paper-Works Christmas Show, Paper-Works Gallery, Napier
      • Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
      • Inches to Metres, Seed Gallery, Auckland
      • The Parkin Drawing Prize, NZAFA Gallery, Wellington
      • Recent Arrivals, Solander Gallery, Wellington
      • Buy By/Bye Bye Cover, WHMilbank Gallery, Whanganui
    • 2013

      • 1...2...3..., Paper-Works Gallery, Napier
      • Taranaki National Art Awards, Sandfords Event Centre, Opunake
      • Paper Works, Seed Gallery, Auckland
      • Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
      • The Parkin Drawing Prize, NZAFA Gallery, Wellington
      • ALPHABET, Seed Gallery, Auckland
      • Word on the Street, Guyton Street, Whanganui
      • Flora and Fauna, Seed Gallery, Auckland
    • 2012

      • Premiere Prints, Community Arts Centre, Whanganui
      • Small Desires, Solander Gallery, Wellington
      • Taranaki National Art Awards, Sandfords Event Centre, Opunake
      • This Beautiful Hour, Papergraphica, Christchurch
      • I'm Drawn To..., Community Arts Centre, Whanganui
      • Not Just a Pretty Picture, Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North
    • 2011

      • Everyday Irregular, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
      • Visible Mark, Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North
      • Freak of Nature, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
      • Impressions, The Village Gallery, Eltham
      • Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
      • Linedancing, Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui
    • 2010

      • Red, Solander Gallery, Wellington
      • International Print Project 2010, The Collins Gallery, Washington County Museum, Portland, U.S.A.
      • Out of the Box, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, N.S.W., Australia
      • Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
      • Seven, The Artist's Room, Dunedin
    • 2009

      • Unframed, PaperGraphica, Christchurch
      • Margaret Silverwood, Catherine Macdonald and Ben Reid, Solander Gallery, Wellington
      • Flora and Fauna, Catchment Gallery, Nelson
      • Surface Tension, The Lane Gallery, Auckland
    • 2008

      • The Printmakers, Catchment Gallery, Nelson
      • Wanganui Arts Review 2008, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
      • Etched in Memory, PaperGraphica, Christchurch
      • Surface Edge, The Lane Gallery, Auckland
    • 2007

      • The Printmakers, Catchment Gallery, Nelson
      • Impressed, Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton
      • 5 Printmakers, PaperGraphica, Christchurch
      • Inky & Scratchy, Solander Gallery, Wellington
      • Wanganui Arts Review 2007, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
    • 2006

      • Arrivals, Solander Gallery, Wellington
      • Wanganui Printmakers 2006, GK Studios, Wanganui
      • An Unreasonable Passion, CPCANZ Show, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
      • Wanganui Arts Review 2006, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
    • 2005

      • Print and Draw, Gallery Dalgleish, Wanganui
      • Wanganui Arts Review 2005, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
    • 2004

      • Space Invaders, Fourth Year Graduation Show, Quay School of the Arts, Wanganui
      • Miami Print Exchange, Miami University, Miami, U.S.A
      • My Place, CPCANZ Show, Te Manawa, Palmerston North
    • 2003

      • Got Art?, Third Year Show, YAC Building, Wanganui
      • Wanganui Arts Review 2003, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui.
    • 2002

      • Retinopathy, Photo Studio, Quay School of the Arts, Wanganui
      • Off the Wall, Print Studio, Quay School of the Arts, Wanganui
      • Wanganui Arts Review 2002, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui