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Dr Margaret Roberts

Drawing Lecturer

BA DipEd (LaTrobe), BA (Sydney), BA (Hons)(Sydney ), MFA (UNSW), PhD (Sydney)
+612 9339 8744

Margaret Roberts in an artist and educator with 15 years experience of teaching and research supervision in higher education institutions, including Sydney College of the Arts and the National Art School, and experience teaching in TAFE colleges as well. Since 1990, Margaret has exhibited regularly, both individually and in collaboration, in artist-run (ARI) spaces, as well as public and commercial galleries in Australia and overseas. In 2013-4 she exhibited in the Sydney ARIs, Articulate project space, Factory 49, Marrickvile Garage and Sydney Non Objective (SNO), as well as in the non-objective project space in Paris, ParisCONCRET. She also participated individually in the first biennial contemporary arts festival Cementa_13 in Kandos NSW, and will participate in Cementa_15 as part of a collaborative artists' project. She has exhibited in public galleries including Artspace, the Tin Sheds, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Canberra School of Art Gallery, and commercial galleries including Conny Dietszchold Gallery. She has been awarded several funded residencies including at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and overseas in Dunedin,Yogyakarta and Paris. Margaret was also on the Board of Artspace from 2004 to 2008 and has been a founding co-director of Articulate project space since 2010.

Areas of Specialisation:

Margaret Roberts' art practice focuses on spatial relationships between artworks and their locations, including expanded drawing, site-specificity, installation, public art, audience participation, documentation and the archive. It employs the found location as a material element in artwork, in conjunction with line, shape, construction, video, object-making or performance, as appropriate. Her expertise is based in sculptural, drawing and painting traditions, and the extension of those traditions into contemporary conceptual and spatial practices that are based more on the premise that 'idea dictates form' rather than on any particular discipline or media. She has experience in both individual and collaborative practice. Her 2009 PhD thesis, Art and the Status of Place, discusses site-specific art in relation to the changing cultural values given to place. It has been part-published as papers in art publications including Scope, conference collections and catalogues.

Subjects and Courses Taught: 

DRA100 Drawing 1
DRA200 Drawing 2
AHT232 Drawing 
DRA300 Drawing 3
MFA Supervision

Office location: Building 28, National Art School
Phone: +612 9339 8744