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Margaret Ambridge is an Adelaide-based artist who works across multiple platforms including drawing, installation, photography and video combining the power of making with a passionate interest in the intimacy of the human experience using art as a conduit to open conversation and promote connection.

Margaret is concerned with the intensely personal aspects of life; the subjects and experiences so often actively avoided or ignored. Her work has explored the intimate worlds of palliative care, personal relationships, the increasing invisibility of women as they age and the lack of acknowledgement of the work they do.

Recent solo exhibitions include Embedded Gallery M, SA (2024); Becoming Invisible?, Praxis ARTSPACE SA (2022); Walk on By, West Gallery, SA (2020), On line, Brunswick St Gallery, Vic (2020), Beneath, Praxis ARTSPACE (2019), ‘til death, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, SA (2017).

Winner of the 2023 Dobell Drawing Prize People’s Choice, 2023 inaugural Nylan Photographic Prize, 2020 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, 2020 Alice Prize’s People Choice, 9th Prospect Portrait Prize, and finalist in many major art prizes, including the Dobell, Creative Health Art Prize, Blake, Glover, Waterhouse, Muswellbrook, Alice Prize, Outback Prize, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize, Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, Prospect Portrait Prize, Fleurieu Art Prize and an invited artist to the Kedumba Drawing Award, her work is held in public and private national, and international art collections.


Margaret’s art practice is defined by the opportunity it provides to broach social taboos and engage with humanity personally, directly, and deeply.

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2024                   Embedded, Gallery M, Marion Cultural Center, Marion, SA

2022                   Becoming invisible?, SALA, praxis ARTSPACE, SA

2020                   Walk On By, West Gallery, Thebarton, SA
2020                   On line, Brunswick Street Gallery, Vic

2019                   Beneath, SALA, praxis ARTSPACE, SA

2017                   'til death, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia

2001                   Recent Works, Greenhill Galleries, SA

1999                   Recent Works, Greenhill Galleries, SA

Selected Exhibitions

2023                   Finalist, The Alice Prize 2024, Alice Springs, NT

2023                   Finalist, 12th Prospect Portrait Prize, SA

2023                   Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize 2023, ACT

2023                   Winner, (Inaugural) Nyland Prize (Photography), Adelaide, SA

2023                   Finalist, Centre for Creative Health Art Prize 2023, Adelaide, SA

2023                   Finalist; Dobell Drawing Prize #23, NSW

                           Winner, People’s Choice Award; selected for the Dobell Regional Touring Exhibition 2023 – 2025

2021                   Finalist, (Inaugural) Centre for Creative Health Art Prize, Adelaide, SA
2021                   Finalist, Dobell Drawing Prize #22, NSW.

                           Selected for the Dobell Regional Touring Exhibition 2021– 2023
2020                   Finalist, 66th Blake Prize, NSW (withdrawn)
2020                   Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize, ACT
2020                   Winner, Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, NSW
2020                   Winner, People’s Choice, 41st Alice Art Prize, NT
2020                   Finalist, 47th Muswellbrook Art Prize (Works on Paper), NSW
2020                   Finalist, Glover Prize, TAS

​2018                   Finalist, 2018 Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize (20th Anniversary) SA

2018                   Finalist, The Kennedy Prize, SA

2018                   Finalist, 40th Alice Art Prize

2018                   Finalist, 45th Muswellbrook Art Prize (Works on Paper)

2017                   Winner, 9th Prospect Portrait Prize, Prospect Gallery, SA

2017                   Finalist, RSASA/SALA Portrait Prize 2017, SA

2017                   Finalist, Real or Surreal, Emma Hack Art Prize 2017, SA

2016                   Finalist, Award Exhibition - Art Concerning Environment, Scope Gallery, Vic

2016                   Finalist, Life in Death, Palliative Care, M16 Art Space, ACT

2016                   Finalist, She Exhibition 2016, Vic

2015                   Finalist, 8th Prospect Portrait Prize 2015, SA

2015                   Finalist, Humanity in Nature, Emma Hack Art Prize 2015, SA

2015                   Finalist, She Exhibition 2015, Vic

2014                   Finalist, 2014 Polish Art Foundation Thematic Exhibition ‘Taboo’, Vic

2014                   Finalist, 2014 Outback Open Art Prize, NSW

2007                   Presence in Nature, Flinders University Art Museum, SA

2006                   Presence in Nature, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2006                   Presence in Nature, Mazatalan Museum of Art, Mexico

2006                   Presence in Nature, Palais de Glace, Argentina

2005                   Finalist, Waterhouse Art Prize, SA

2005                   Invited, Kedumba Drawing Prize, NSW

2002                   Finalist, Fleurieu Art Prize, SA

2002                   Finalist, Prospect Portrait Prize, Prospect Gallery, SA

1999                   Finalist, Prospect Portrait Prize, Prospect Gallery, SA

1998                   Finalist, Toowoomba Biennial Acquisitive Award, Qld

1998                   Finalist, Geelong Print Prize, Vic

1994                   Matriculation State Art Exhibition, SA

Group exhibitions

2022                   Body as Geology, Collective Haunt, Norwood, SA

2021                   The Line III, BMGART, SA
2020                   Tough Love, Brunswick Street Gallery, VIC
2019                   Still Life Still Lives, BMGART, SA
2019                   Flesh, No Vacancy, Melbourne, VIC

2019                   The Line II, Drawing Exhibition, BMGART, SA

2019                   2019 Water Ways, Adelaide Fringe, Fisher Jeffries, SA

2018                   The Xmas Show, BMGART, SA

2018                   The Line, Drawing Exhibition, BMGART, SA

2018                   Limited Editions, Chancery Lane Gallery, SA

2018                    Art on Parade, City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters

2018                   [sic] Rose, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Flinders Medical Centre

2017                   [sic] Rose, SALA, FRAN Festival, praxis ARTSPACE, SA

2016                   Painting Twice, praxis ARTSPACE, SA

2016                   A Small World, Magpie Springs Gallery, SA

2015                   Belonging, SALA, Norwood Town Hall

2015                   Who needs a theme? SALA

2010                   Group Show, Greenhill Gallery, SA

2009                   Group Show, Greenhill Gallery, SA

2007                   Group Show, Greenhill Gallery, SA

2002                   Flying Carpet, 1000 Women, International Touring Exhibition

2002                   New Ground, Main Street Editions, Adelaide, SA

2002                   Group Exhibition, The Place, Unley, Adelaide, SA

2001                   Summer Print Exhibition, Greenhill Gallery, SA

2000/02             Group Exhibition, Horizon Gallery, Wedge tail Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW

1999                   Christmas Show, Greenhill Galleries, SA

1999                   Icons, Sestri Gallery, SA

1999                   Chicago, Greenhill Galleries, SA

1999                   EVA, Emerging Visual Artists, SA

1998                   South Australian Living Artists Week, Main Street Editions, SA

1998                   State Library of SA


2017                   Winner, 9th Prospect Portrait Prize, Prospect Gallery, SA

1999                   Major Prize, Works on Paper, EVA (Emerging Visual Artists), SA

1999                   Resident Artist Award, Campbelltown Council, SA

1999                   Award of Merit, Clare Council, SA

1999                   Award of Merit, Victor Harbor Art Prize, SA

1998                   First Prize, Other Medium, Campbelltown Council, SA

1998                   Award of Merit, Clare Council, SA

1997                   Award of Merit, Wildlife Society, SA

1997                   Highly Commended, Victor Harbor Art Prize, SA

1984                   Award of Merit, Matriculation Art, SA


2007                   Flinders University, SA

1998                   Campbelltown Council Chambers, SA

1998                   Toowoomba Art Gallery, Qld

1984                   Director of Education, Department of Education, SA


2024                   'A tissue of truths embedded in women’s lives', Ron Hoenig, In Review, Apr 2024

2019                   November Visual Arts Highlights, John Neylon, The Adelaide Review, Issue 477, Nov 2019

2019                   ‘Pillow Talk’, Jane Llewellyn, The Adelaide Review, Jul 2019

2017                   The Longest Sleep, Clare Caldwell and Matthew Kiernan, The Lancet Neurology, December 2017

2006                   Farandula, Fusionan arte y naturaleza, Mexico

2006                   Cultural, Presentan su vision de la naturaleza, Mexico

2006                   Escape, Presencian la naturaleza, Mexico

2002                   The Prospect Portrait Prize, Adam Dutkiewicz, The Advertiser, January 2002

2001                   The Twilight Zone, John Neylon, The Adelaide Review, July 2001

2001                   Printmaking in the sun, Waldon and Muir, Watson Guptil, New York, 2001

1999                   A strange sense of engagement, John Neylon, The Review, 1999

1998                   Exhibition Commentary, Imprint, Vol. 33, no. 3

1998                   Printmaking with Photopolymer Plates, Dianne Longley, 1998

1996                   Solarplate Printmaking, Imprint Vol.31, no. 2

Articles and Interviews

2017                   ABC Radio Adelaide (syndicated nationally), Mornings, with Caroline Winter,

                           ‘Palliative Care Worker Captures Dying  Moments in ‘til death Art Exhibition’
2017                   ABC Radio Adelaide, Evenings, with Peter Goers
2017                   Radio Adelaide, Breakfast on Radio Adelaide, with Jenni Lenman, ‘til death
2017                   This IS RADELAIDE, with Rachel Darling, ‘Death Through The Eyes Of An Artist and Palliative Care Worker’
2017                   The University of South Australia, ‘‘til death Business and Community’
2017          , Marie McInerney, ‘Stunning Art Exhibition Gives Glimpses of Beauty and Humanity Amongst

                           Death and Dying’
2017                   Palliative Care Australia, ‘Artist Interview at the Exhibition ‘til death’

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