Bio Maggie James

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Maggie James studied Fine Art at Newcastle Poly 1975 - 1978 and the Royal College of Art, Painting School, 1979 - 1982 where she was awarded the John Minton Scholarship. 

Early exhibitions include Artists who studied with Peter de Francia, Camden Arts Centre, London 1987. On return to Wales Maggie was elected to the 56 Group Wales, exhibitions included 56 Group Wales, Cardiff / Camden  and 56 Group touring exhibitions to Czechoslovakia in 1986 and 1991

‘Inscape’ was commissioned in 1990, curated by David Briers at Oriel Cardiff, the same year she was joint prizewinner at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Other exhibitions in that time include ‘Interior View’ Aberystwyth Art Centre 1997 and ‘Small Paintings’ 6 Chapel Row, Bath 2002 and ’New Artists’ Martin Tinney Gallery 2003.

Between 2007 and 2018 Wales Arts International opened up many opportunities for Maggie to develop her work, especially in relation to her participation in Open Books, a project she was invited to join, by Mary Husted in 2012. The first exhibition took place at the National Library of Wales followed by Open Books: artists and the Chinese folding book at the Sanshang Museum of Contemporary Art, Hangzhou, China 2013.  

Painter Emrys Williams invited Maggie to take part in Change at Crewe 2014 in his studio / gallery in Llandudno along with Rachel Busby, Gordon Dalton, Jeffrey Dennis, Neil McNally, Phil Nicol, and Andreas Rüthi. Another exhibition in North Wales followed ‘By Invitation’, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy 2016. The same year Maggie Co-curated Open Books. À Livre Ouvert, LAC, Ottawa.