Later in November, alumni Maggie Hargreaves will be giving a masterclass workshop in solar plate etching to students in Fine Art and Art & Design. A technique she has mastered through frequent use in her own work. Since graduating Maggie has shown her work in numerous exhibitions, art fairs and engaged with several collaborative projects. In 2014 she was winner of the prestigious John Ruskin Prize for Drawing. More recent exhibitions include The Portico Library, Manchester, New Mills Arts Festival, Derbyshire and The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.
Her work reflects an interest in the constantly shifting space where we interact with the natural world we inhabit. Prior to studying Fine Art at Bolton University, Maggie was a research biologist and this is reflected in a process driven practice where she works with drawing, print, sculpture and installation.
Over the last two years Maggie has been involved in running a project in Bolton with nine other visual artists and two writers about various aspects of allotments; the people, places, activities and wider environmental issues. As a group they have exhibited at Southport Flower Show alongside the National Allotment Society, neo:gallery and Kendal Brewery Arts Centre.
Maggie will be visiting Stockholm shortly as part of Corduroy artists exchange exhibition with Studio44 and will show in Land Marks a group show at Air Gallery Altrincham in December.