Margaret Worthington : Land , Air , Sand , Sea , Spirit : 40Years in Queensland

Sue Smith

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Margaret Worthington, born in Johannesburg in 1950, is one of Queensland's outstanding artists - a designer, painter and sculptor whose work explores Australian wildlife and environments as well as local histories and industry and places abroad. Her works are to be found in private and public collections in Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Her major commissions include a sculptural facade in steel and aluminium for the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, as well as installations for CQUniversity, a mixed media mural for the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and large-scale outdoor sculptures in wood and metal throughout central Queensland.

This book and accompanying exhibition celebrate Margaret Worthington's 70th birthday and focus on the work she has produced in Queensland, where she has lived for over forty years. After sailing around the world for four years, she arrived in Gladstone, central Queensland in 1976 and has lived and worked in this region ever since.

A thoughtful, versatile and inventive artist, Margaret Worthington's work is often a medium of social engagement. Appealing to look at and exulting in the beauty and awesome power of nature, her art entertains as it educates viewers and conveys messages about humanity's duty to conserve both natural and man-made environments.

This superbly illustrated book is the first major study devoted to Margaret Worthington's art and provides a fine overview of the extensive corpus of her work in many themes and mediums over the past forty years and the intellectual processes which underlie her creative endeavour.

About the Author

Sue Smith, Art Collection Manager for CQUniversity, is an artist, writer and curator and has held positions as Director of the Rockhampton Art Gallery and Manager Art Services for the Rockhampton City Council; Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Queensland Art Gallery; Senior Art Critic at The Courier- Mail, Brisbane; Australian art consultant for Christie's, London and a principal of Grafico (Qld) art consultancy.

She has curated and coordinated many exhibitions, researched and authored many reviews, articles, art exhibition catalogues and books on the visual arts and individual artists, including the national touring retrospective, North of Capricorn: the art of Ray Crooke (1997), Di Bresciani: compositions in colour (2012) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art: the CQUniversity Australia collection (2019).

She trained in the visual arts at the Queensland College of Art and the CQ TAFE; and studied at the University of Queensland, where she graduated in Art History and Modern and Ancient History. Her postgraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London were in the History of European art.

Art at CQUniversity

CQUniversity Australia is one of the largest universities based in regional Australia, with more than 20 delivery sites across the nation and more than 30,000 students. The University advances the visual arts through education, research and philanthropy. The University offers TAFE and university qualifications from short courses, certificates and diplomas, through to undergraduate and postgraduate and research higher degrees. CQUniversity also supports practicing artists by acquiring, displaying and publishing their work and has been collecting art since the early 1970s.


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