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1950 Born in Blenheim
Christchurch trained as a nurse married one son widowed
1978 Diploma of Fine Arts University of Canterbury
1979 Recipient of QE11 Arts Council Grant for exhibitors in The Street
1981 Graduated from Secondary School Teaching Training
1982 Worked on a photographic project About Women, Christchurch City Council
1986 Recipient of QE11 Arts Council subsidy to attend Sydney Biennale
1986 Recipient of QE11 Arts Council grant to individual artists
1991 Recipient of QE11 Arts Council grant for Creative Projects
1992 Graduated from Canterbury University with Bachelor of Arts
1993 Recipient of QE11 Arts Council Fellowship
1993 Recipient of Community Arts Council Grant for project in T’arting up town
1995 Recipient of Creative NZ funding for OCCUPATIONS
1995 Received 1st class Hons MFA at University of Canterbury
1995 Awarded the Seager Prize in Fine Arts
1995 Awarded a University Prize
1996 Received a Project Grant from Creative NZ for The Men from Uncle
1996 Recipient of Creative NZ funding for Monitor group: The Present
1996 Photographic Lecturer at the Design and Art College Christchurch
1996 Awarded the CoCA Guthrey Travel Award
1997 Photography Lecturer at Canterbury University School of Fine Arts
1998 Photography Lecturer at Canterbury University School of Fine Arts
2000 Recipient of grant for THE END in FRINGE Wellington Arts festival
Rangi Ruru Girls School Artist in Residence Feb-May
Artist for Art & Industry 2000 Biennial
William Hodges Fellow (Southland Arts residency) June-September
2001 Artist in Inaugural Christchurch Arts festival Exhibition
William Hodges Fellow July- October for two years
2002 Creative NZ New Work Grant for ‘All the King’s Men’
2003 A Photographic Lecturer at the Design and Art College Christchurch
Lives and works in Christchurch

Solo Exhibitions

1978 Locally toured on a Christchurch City Council Transport Board bus
The Red Connection
1983 Christchurch Robert McDougall Gallery About Women South Island
tour with the Southern Regional Arts Council assistance
1984 Wellington Exposures Gallery About Women
1986 Christchurch James Paul Gallery Dreams and Illusions
1986 Greymouth Gallery Dreams and Illusions
1987 Lower Hutt Dowse Art Museum Marginal Persona
1988 Christchurch Brooke Gifford Gallery Marginal Persona
1988 Auckland George Fraser Gallery Marginal Persona
1990 Christchurch Jonathan Jensen Gallery Yardbirds
1992 Palmerston North Manawatu Art Gallery Flowers, Birds, and
1992 Christchurch Jonathan Jensen Gallery Maladies
1993 Greymouth Left Bank Gallery Maladies
1993 Christchurch Ferrymead Museum Schoolhouse Where is She?
1994 Christchurch Robert McDougall Gallery Annex Amusements toured
1994 Christchurch Jonathan Jensen Gallery Under the Hill
1994 Auckland Aberhart North Gallery Cuckoo
1995 Christchurch Arts Centre OCCUPATIONS installation Places where
the Homeless Sleep
1996 Christchurch High Street Project Gallery OVER
1996 Christchurch Jonathan Smart Gallery 13 Men from Uncle
1996 Auckland Aberhart North Gallery Under the Hill
1997 New Plymouth Govett Brewster Gallery OVER
1997 Palmerston North Manawatu Gallery OVER
1997 Palmerston North Manawatu Gallery The Men from Uncle
1998 Dunedin Hocken Library The Men from Uncle
1998 Napier Hawkes Bay Museum The Men from Uncle
1998 Masterton Wairarapa Arts Centre The Men from Uncle
1998 Christchurch Jonathan Smart Gallery New Men from Uncle
1998 Christchurch Jonathan Smart Gallery Recital
1998 Melbourne Australian Centre Contemporary Art The Men from Uncle
2000 Christchurch Rangi Ruru Girls School Installation "A Room Of One’s Own’"
2000 Invercargill Southland Art Gallery: Burwell House: The Men from Uncle & THE
2000 Wellington Photospace Gallery The Men from Uncle
2001 Blenheim Millennium Gallery The Men from Uncle
2002 Wellington Photospace Another Hanging of Ned Kelly (Amusements)
2002 Hamilton The Waikato Museum of Art & History Looking for the Golden Carp a
and Bryndwr Lakes
2002 Invercargill Southland Museum & Art Gallery The Out of Sight Art & Craft
2002 Oamaru Forrester Gallery "A Room of One’s Own"
2002 Blenheim Millennium Gallery "A Room of One’s Own"

Selected Group Exhibitions

1979 Christchurch Robert McDougall Gallery The Street
1980 Wellington Photo Forum Gallery The Street
1985 Christchurch CSA Gallery Dreams and Illusions
1986 Wellington Arts Festival Visual Diaries
1986 Nelson Bishop Suter Art Gallery The Self National Tour
1986 Wellington National Art Gallery Shed 11 Content Context
1988 Auckland Peter Webb Galleries Amnesty International Art Auction
1989 Christchurch CSA Gallery Nicarahua Must Survive Art Auction
1989 Dunedin Marshall Seiffert Art Gallery Women Artists Response
1989 Canterbury Belles national tour
1989 Wellington City Art Gallery Imposing Narratives national tour
1990 Dunedin Public Art Gallery In the Forest of Dreams The Moet and
Chandon Art Foundation national tour
1990 Wellington City Art Gallery Now See Hear national tour
1990 Wanganui United/Sargeant Gallery Photographic Award
1990 Auckland George Fraser Gallery Eye to Eye
1991 Lower Hutt Dowse Art Museum Milk and Honey
1991 Wellington City Art Gallery Inheritance
1991 Christchurch CSA Gallery Raising the Curtain
1992 Christchurch Jonathan Jensen Gallery Crush
1992 Wellington City Art Gallery Home Made Home
1992 Christchurch Robert McDougall Gallery Prospect Canterbury
1993 Christchurch Jonathan Jensen Gallery Paper Works
1993 Christchurch Robert McDougall Gallery White Camellias
1993 Nelson Bishop Suter Art Gallery Women from the North of the South
1993-4 Wellington and Auckland City Art Gallery Alter/Image
1993 Christchurch CSA Gallery Image and Issue
1993 Christchurch Journeys Canterbury Women Artists Calendar Map of
Open Studios, Group House, and Exhibitions
1993 Christchurch Community Arts Project for empty shop windows
T’arting up town
1993 Wellington National Art Gallery Perspectives
1994 Christchurch SIAP Tales Untold; Unearthing Christchurch Histories
temporary installations
1994 Dunedin Public Art Gallery
1994 Christchurch Prostrate Canterbury High Street Project Gallery
1994 Christchurch CSA From Stimulus to Style
1994 Wanganui Sargeant Gallery Taking Stock of the Nineties
1994 Christchurch CSA FAX ABOUT ART
1995 Canterbury School of Fine Art Gallery Everyday Pathomimesis
1995 Christchurch Arts Centre OCCUPATIONS installations
1995 Auckland Museum Currency-Contemporary Photographic Art
1995 Christchurch High Street Project Gallery Advent
1995 Christchurch CSA Christmas Show Anything Goes
1996 Auckland Lopdell House Gallery Titirangi IDENTIKIT
1996 Christchurch High Street Project Gallery Fundraiser
1996 Christchurch Jonathan Smart Gallery Zoological
1996 Christchurch CSA -CoCA Figuring Narrative
1996 Christchurch The Physics Room Monitor videos
1996 Christchurch High Street Project Gallery Stocking Xmas Show
1996 Christchurch Jonathan Smart Gallery Collected Intimacies
1997 Christchurch CoCA The Art of Death, Aesthetic Departures
1997 Christchurch High Street Project Xmas Show
1998 Christchurch University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts
Gallery Staff Show
1998 Christchurch Robert McDougall Art Gallery Recent
1998 Christchurch CoCA Picturing History
1998 Sydney Australian Centre of Photography Close Relations
1998 Canterbury Otira ‘Oblique’
2000 Wanganui Te Wa The Space The Photo Show
2000 Christchurch Robert McDougall Art Gallery Art Event
2001 Wellington People's centre Art Auction
2001 Stewart Island & Southland Museum & Art Gallery Rakiura touring
2001 Christchurch CoCA Christchurch Arts festival Exhibition Dark Plain
2002 Southland Riverton Hall The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show
2002 Lower Hutt Dowse Gallery The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show
2002 October Melbourne Arts Festival
2003 Feb Wellington Peter McLeavey Gallery ‘Victory Over Death’
2003 Christchurch Canterbury Museum & SOFA The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show
2003 Waitakere City: Titirangi Lopdell House The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show
2003 Masterton Wairarapa Museum and Arts The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show
2004 March The Triennial Auckland City Art Gallery Public / Private
‘The Men from Uncle’,& ‘All the King’s Men’
2004 Nelson The Suter Gallery April/May The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show
2004 Oamaru The Forrester Gallery June/July The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show
2004 Timaru The Aigantghe Gallery June/July ‘...shot over summer’
2004 Ashburton Art Gallery August The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show

Selected Bibliography


Amery, Mark Blurring the borders of Art Sunday Star Times 30-10-94 p15
Amery, Mark Ned Kelly ambushed in suburbs Sunday Star Times 2-4-95
Barrie, Lita Pretensions gets in the way of art The Weekend 2-2-90 p15
Bayley, Janet Images of uncle unusual viewing Manawatu Evening Star 14-11-97
Brown, Angela The changing face of Hugh Daily Telegraph 3-6-98 Hawkes Bay p13 &
14 (illus’s)
Corner, Katy Dynamic collaboration City Voice Wgtn 25-5-2000 p14
Cornelius, Greg Amusements Presto April 1994 P16(illus’s) centrefold
Cross, J.J. Flowers, Birds & Maladies Chaff 3-8-92
Daily News 13-5-97 From the Over Series
Dale, Richard Artists Expose the Niceties of Convention NZ Herald
Dale, Richard Photographers assert equality NZ Herald no date
Dingwell, Richard Images from history recreated with a twist Otago Daily Times 5-5-
98 (illus)
Duncan, Margaret Christchurch The arts festival ArtNZ no 101 summer 01-02 p35
Eaton, Maria & Vanessa Walker Some slight magic Orbit Mag.P7
Feeney, Warren Grey Star Greymouth 27-3-93
Feeney, Warren Uncle brings a personal touch Christchurch Press
20-3-96 p18
Feeney, Warren Indulgent, demanding, but excess kept at bay
Christchurch Press 15-1-97 p14
Garrett, Rob Dunedin Rakiura ArtNZ No 101 Summer 2001-2 p37
Hurrell, John Dreams and Illusions Christchurch Press 7-3-85 p12 (illus)
Hurrell, John Margaret Dawson Photos Christchurch Press 19-3-86 p21
Johnston, Courtney Wellington ArtNZ no103 winter 2002 P46 (illus)
Leech, Peter The nominal and the numinous ArtNZ no56 spring 1990 p67
Lorimer, Wayne Contrasting studies of men The Christchurch Press p21 25-11-98
Main, Bill The Men from Uncle Bk review NZ Journal of Photography no 36 aug 1999
McNamara, T.J Killeen takes a break from cutouts NZ Herald 2-6-88 p12
McNamara, T.J Friends stretch the imagination NZ Herald 7-2-91 P2
McNamara, T J The week of coverup art NZ Herald 27-10-94 p3 (illus)
McNamara, T J Playing games with a legend NZ Herald 29-3-95 p9 (illus)
McNamara,T J Naughty nineties revisited NZ Herald 27-3-96 p8 (illus)
McNamara, T J Place to dissect the past NZ HERALD 19-6-03
McAloon, William Self and environment Christchurch Press 14-6-90 p28
McAloon, William NZ photographers review last decade Christchurch
Press 20-6-91 P15
Moore: Syd Imposing narratives NZ Photography P27 no date
Munro, Bruce Men from Uncle exhibition Star Midweek 29-4-98
Owens, Weston Outlaw art, Amusements Canta 19-4-94 p23
Paton, Justin Art and the outlaw Christchurch Press 6-4-94 p18
Paton, Justin Tales untold Listener 30-7-94 p47
Paton, Justin Heartless maps meet antic guerilla humour Christchurch
Press 28-9-94 p18
Paton, Justin Lucky dip of leftovers Christchurch Press 7-12-94 P20
Paton, Justin Low rent DIY feast for artniks Christchurch Press 9-8-95 p18
Paton, Justin Christchurch Martin Whitworth Margaret Dawson Art NZ
no 79 winter 1996 p33 & 34 (illus)
Pauli, Dorothee Traditions of the new: Art & Industry 2000 Art NZ no 98 Autumn 2001
Quillaen, Diana the good the bad and the family album Tharunka edition 11, 1998 p26-
27 (illus)
Riley, Brett Women in a man’s world Christchurch Star 15-6-83 P12(illus)
Riley, Brett Loose bond of ideas and dream images March 1985 (illus)
Riley, Brett NZ Listener 14-6-86 p35 (illus)
Roseman, Jane Exhibition a treasure trove of NZ history The Taranaki Daily News
9-4-97 p23
Rosier, Pat Marg.N.L.Persona NZ Broadsheet July 1988 P41(illus)

Rosier, Pat Canterbury Belles NZ Broadsheet July 1990 P34(illus)
Sayle, Jane Wellington, Margaret Dawson Art NZ no spring 1994
p39- 40 (illus)
Simpson, Peter ‘New paintings’ and ‘Maladies’ Christchurch Press
28-9-92 P14
Smart, Jonathan Mary Kay Margaret Dawson Art NZ no winter 1986
p27 (illus)
Smart, Jonathan The personal as political Christchurch Star 19-5-86 p10
Smith: Patrick Artists 1st & photographers 2ndThe Listener 15-4-91 P54-
Stewart, Keith Slick images question vision of the 90’s Sunday Star Times
7-4-96 F2
Taylor: Rob Content Context Salient Vol 49 6-10-86 P12
Taylor: Rob Challenging the conventional view The Dominion 6-12-87
Unger, Pat Day in the life of woman Christchurch Press 16-3-88 P24
Unger, Pat Canterbury Belles Christchurch Press 7-9-89 P14
Unger, Pat Margaret Dawson Christchurch Press 2-8-90
Ussher, Robyn Heritage week artworks at historical innercity sites
Christchurch Press 1-6-94
Ussher, Robyn Small gift works Christchurch Press 11-12-96 p17
Webb, Evan Photos about women Christchurch Press 18-6-83 p26
Webb, Evan Women battle against sexism in arts field NZ Sunday Times
Wedde, Ian Visual Diaries best in fest. Wellington Evening Post 21-3-86
Wedde, Ian Prints that buckle Wellington Dominion 11-11-87
Wedde, Ian Imposing Narratives Evening Post 14-12-89 P39
Wedde, Ian Canterbury Belles Wellington Dominion -1-90


Amery, Mark True Lies Photography International - -95 p16, 17, 18
Anderson, Rebecca New room to view at Forrester Gallery Oamaru Mail 21-8-02
Antic 7 The resistence to psychoanalysis June 1990 p37 (illus)
Asher, Julie Great lookalikes on show The Southland Times 11.8.00 p3 (illus)
Bywater, Jonathan Getting the attention Tales Untold in Christchurch
Art NZ no 72 spring 94 p52 (illus.)
Bywater, Jonathan Karaoke Wagner: Margaret Dawson’s ‘Under the Hill’
Art NZ no 73 summer 1994-5 p58 (illus’s)
Campbell, Gwynnwth Setting the scene Christchurch Press 6-4-94 p13
Chronicle, University of Canterbury, Art works on show part of major campus
collection (illus)
Dunbar, Anna The changing faces of Uncle Hugh The Christchurch Press 19-12-98
p6WE (illus.s)
Forrester, Kay Photographer uses herself as consistent image Christchurch
Press 9-4-88 p (illus)
Fusco, Cassandra In praise of the land Asian Art News vol 11 no 3 may/june 2001 p42
Heritage week draws on NZ’s past Evening Post 20-3-91 P40
Hurrell, John The vacillating personas of Margaret Dawson Art NZ winter
1988 no p68 cover (illus’s)
Johnstone, Jocelyn Figure 9 comes through for artist Christchurch Star 22-11-00 pB7
Killick, David Time Machine (Out of Sight) Chch Press 9-4-03 PC2 (illus)
Laird, Tessa Perculiar practices N Z Listener 23-1-99 p36-37 (illus’s)
Maquire, Chris Artist already planning a return to the south Southland Express 17-8-00
p24 (illus)
McKeown, Paula Project for William Hodges fellow Southland Express 13-9-01 p3
Meduna, Veronika Painting makes way for other art forms Christchurch Press 11-12-96
p13 (illus)
Nicholson, Tessa Camera captures uncle’s many persona The Marlborough Express
4-12-01 p13 (illus)
Nicholson, Tessa Art project opens door on bedroom The Marlborough Express P10
26-11-02 (illus)
Rewi, Adrienne New photographs part of Uncle Hugh’s recovery
Christchurch Press 20-3-96 p14 (illus)
Rewi, Adrienne Arts centre brings history to life Christchurch Press
18-5-94 p
Rewi, Adrienne Photographer focuses on who is Hugh Sunday Star Times 22-11-1998
pF8 (illus)
Sinclair, Roy Focus on historical gems Christchurch Press 15-5-94 p
Staines, Reuben Another take on Ned Kelly Contact 7-3-02 p18 (illus)
Steincamp, Jacqeline Images of women’s reality Christchurch Press 6-6-83
p8 (illus)
Taranaki Tourist Times April 97 p12 Govett Brewster Art Gallery
Van Dongen, Yvonne Dawson’s images of women Sunday Times 25-1-87
p83 (illus)
Veltkamp, Pat Old hospital inspires Out Of Sight exhibition The Southland Times
6.11.01 p15
Ward, Peter Old masters & thingumyjigs The Australian Art Feature
7-1-95 p11 (illus)


Ballard, Susan Re-presenting Forms: Margaret Dawson’s Amusements
Women’s Studies Journal Vol 11 No’s 1 & 2 August 1995
Aotearoa/ New Zealand and their others: Feminism and
Postcoloniality P45-52 (illus’s)
Brown, Dr Deidre A Room of One’s Own Art & Industry 2000 Biennial catalogue
p20 (illus.s)
Brown, Warwick Another 100 New Zealand Artists Godwit NZ 1996 P25
Burke, Gregory An Indeterminate Surface Imposing Narratives Catalogue
1989 P7-15 (illus’s)
Bywater, Jonathan Under the Hill; cut and paste exhibition essay 13-9-95
Caldwell, Elizabeth Identifying Marginalised Territory Margaret Dawson’s
Amusements catalogue McDougall Art Gallery Christchurch
Ely, Deborah Close Relations Sydney’s ACP exhibition pamphlet August 1998
Engberg, Juliana Melbourne Festival Visual Arts Programme The Himlich Unheimich
P27-28 (illust.)
Garrett, Louise making up the men from uncle p15 The Men from Uncle photoworks
book by Margaret Dawson (illus’s)
Hurrell, John it’s not light yet... but it’s getting there Dark Plain Christchurch Arts
Festival catalogue 2001 p18, 19, (illus.s p 36, 37)
Hurrell, John Truly Fictive Exposures Six Women Photographers Photo
Forum NZ Issue 56 1987 P41-48 (illus’s)
Hurrell, John Now, See, Hear: Art, Language and Translation catalogue
1990 P43-44 (illus)
Hurrell, John Looking for the Golden Carp by the Bryndwr Lakes catalogue Waikato
Art Museum May 2002 (Illus.s)
Intra, Giovanni Studies for the disarticulation of disease Everyday
Pathomimesis catalogue Canterbury University School of Fine
Arts Gallery August 1995
King, Julie Forging connections: Margaret Dawson’s Out of Sight Art & Craft Show
ArtNZ no 106 Autumn 2003 P 42-45 & 79 (illust.s)
Pitts, Priscilla Exchanging Looks Imposing Narratives catalogue
Wellington City Art Gallery P16-22 1989 (illus’s)
Prentice, Chris Women’s Studies Journal Vol 11 no 1 & 2 introduction
August 1995 P10 (illus’s)
Reneke, Dr Yvonne Outlaws in Everyday Life Margaret Dawson’s
Amusements catalogue McDougall Art Gallery Christchurch
1994 (illus’s)
Sameshima: Haruhiko Identikit Catalogue 1996
Smith, Shona Canterbury Belles catalogue McDougall Art Gallery
Christchurch 1989 (illus’s)
Williamson, Claire A second look Photo History Margaret Dawson Tracey Moffatt
Australian centre for Contemporary Art Nov 1998 ISBN 0 947220 72 0
Wood, Andrew Paul Growing old with Nicola Jackson up Dawson’s creek without a
paddle 2000 unpublished
Wood, Andrew Paul Philosophy in the bedroom 2001 unpublished
Wood, Andrew Paul Strike a pose: Margaret Dawson’s Men from Uncle ArtNZ no 97
p70-74 (illus.s)


Meskimmon, Marsha The Art of Reflection: Women Artists’ Self
Portraiture in the 20th century Scarlet Press London 1996 P186-187
Herstory Diary 1987 on NZ Women Artists (illus)
McCredie, Athol Photography as a Means of Personal Expression Set 4 ‘A
History of NZ PhotographyP15, P18 (illus)
Meduna, Veronika Painting makes way for other artforms Book review in
Christchurch Press 11-12-96 P13 (illus)
Packer, Ann Bay Watchers in ‘Your Home, NZ’s Own’ Feb. 1995 P56-57
Stacey, G The Feminine Lens Book review of ‘Six Women Photographers’ in Art NZ P103
Turner, Peter Don’t shoot the messenger The Photographer’s Mail 8-96 p16
In Gisborne Herald Chance to muse on comic works 20-7-95 (illus)
In Eastland Sun’s ‘Art-y-facts’ Bizarre but Intriguing Ned Kelly
Photographs 22-7-95 (illus)
Wedde, Ian How To Be Nowhere, Essays and Texts 1971-1994
Victoria Press 1995 135-136, 238

Radio Interviews

1983 with Helen Holmes on Community Arts
1986 with Helen Holmes on National Arts
1994 with Deborah Nation on National Arts
1995 with Ruth Todd on Plains FM
1998 with Moira Raut on Plains FM

Television Interviews

1994 with Grant Mangin CTV news illus. with the Stimulus to Style
exhibition CSA Christchurch
2001 The Big Art Trip on TV1
2000 Southland Television about the Artist in Residence William Hodges Fellowship
2001 Southland Television about The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show


Bank of New Zealand Wellington
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Manawatu Art Gallery Palmerston North
National Art Gallery Wellington
Private Collections nationally
Robert McDougall Art Gallery Christchurch
Sargeant Gallery Wanganui
Social Welfare Department Wellington
University of Canterbury FMST; ARTH; F.A.Library Christchurch
University of Otago Hocken Library
Waikato Art Museum Hamilton

Collaborative Work

1979 from the McDougall Art Gallery Christchurch
with Electronic Composer: Chris Cree Brown an installation at the
BNZ Cathedral Square funded by the Christchurch City Council
1996/7 With Painter Kirsty Gregg exhibited at CoCA Gallery Chch and
at the Jonathan Smart Gallery Christchurch
1998 Christchurch Jonathan Smart Gallery with Kirsty Gregg Betwixt
2001 & orchestrated With 10 Southland Artists, one Otago and another Canterbury
Artist The Out of Sight Art & Craft Show


Work in Process 1992 collaboratively with Colleen Anstey based on the
making of Autographism and Cataphasia

Everyday Outlaws 1994 For Amusements with Janene Knox

The Present 1996 For Monitor at the Physics Room Gallery Chch
collaboratively with Janene Knox and Kirsty Gregg

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Margaret J Dawson
email: m.dawson@ext.canterbury.ac.nz