Bio Maggie James
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. In 2016 Maggie Co-curated Open Books. À Livre Ouvert, LAC, Ottawa and subsequently travelled to China in 2017 and 2018 as part of a Welsh Cultural Delegation to meet Chinese colleagues and discuss future possibilities. Paper Exchange, was the result, an exhibition with 12 Chinese and 12 Welsh artists. The exhibition opened at BayArt, Cardiff Wales in April 2019 and will travel to China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, Autumn 2019.