Painter, draughtsman and lecturer. Born Sydney, Australia. Won special Government Scholarship to the National Art School, 1956. Studied National Art School, 1956 – 1960. Participated in many group shows in New South Wales and Victoria 1961 – 1967, including “Young Sydney Artists”, Clune Galleries Sydney. “Young Contemporaries”, Blaxland Galleries, Sydney. “Young Artists” exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Frequent exhibitor during this time in the Archibald and Wynne Competitions, with works included in the selections for exhibition in Melbourne and Adelaide State Galleries.
Travelled overseas in 1967, based in London, travelled to Holland and Paris, and later to Holland, Switzerland and France in 1972, and Paris, 1995. Taught part-time in schools and various technical colleges, (NSW and WA) 1961 – 1972, then full-time lecturer at the Western Australian Institute of Technology. (Curtin University) 1972 – 1978. Resigned in order to return to Sydney. (Graduate Diploma in Education, Sydney Teachers’ College, 1981. Taught, 1979 – 1985 Hornsby TAFE.
During 1970s, she travelled to Java and Hong Kong, and also participated in an expedition along the Canning Stock route to Lake Disappointment, Durbar Springs and Warburton, and since has travelled extensively throughout remote regions of Australia; in Kenya, overland to Koobi Fora (eastern edge, Lake Turkana) and to the Ethiopian border.
First solo exhibition: John Gild Galleries, Perth, 1972. Exhibitions regularly since, in all capital cities
Major group exhibitions include “Contemporary Painting”, University of Western Australia, “Western Australian
Artists” Art Gallery of Western Australia, “10 Western Australian Artists” Art Gallery of Western Australia,
“Women in Art” WA. Institute of Technology. Georges Invitation Exhibition, Melbourne. McCaughey Invitation Exhibition, Melbourne 1979. “Mandorla” invitation exhibition, WA, Wynne Prize retrospective, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney. Drawing survey show. “Drawing on Inspiration” Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney. Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition, (Sulman), 1995 (Archibald) 1996.
Inside Looking Out, an exhibition of key art works by Margaret Woodward will be held at the Parramatta Heritage Centre April to June 2003 subsequently, to tour to regional art galleries.
Many awards, including the Wynne prize, (1971) Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Portia Geach Memorial prize (twice). The Kedumba prize (Blue Mountains, NSW) Le Gay Brereton prize for drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Represented in Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum Art Gallery Northern Territory, Art Bank,
National Trust and regional galleries, also in various university, major corporate and private collections throughout Australia, and in Europe and the USA.