CV + Profile


M A R G A R E T   W O R T H                                                                             Artist  + Public Places Designer


MARGARET IS A GRADUATE of the SA School of Art and Adelaide University and received a Masters Degree in Fine Art at Columbia University New York. During 14 years residency in the USA, Margaret worked as an instructor for Sarah Lawrence College and Parsons School of Art & Design in New York, as well as a freelance illustrator for Macmillan Publishers. She made extended work and study visits to London and Paris, worked for Sol Le Witt and studied with Richard Serra and Lucy Lippard in New York.

RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA Margaret re-established her art practice and is represented in the Australian National Gallery, Art Gallery of SA, the national collection of Artbank, public and private collections in Australia and the USA. Margaret has participated in prestigious invitational exhibitions including the Tokyo Biennale, Adelaide Biennial, The Sydney Biennale, the National Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award and the National McClelland Sculpture Survey.

IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HER PRACTICE, Margaret established WORTH CONSULTING’, [Art, Design, Culture and Planning], reflecting her commitment to creating better public places. The focus is on making connections between people and places, heightening awareness and improving amenity. The outcomes are public spaces with greater interest, significance and social vitality.

MARGARET’S EXHIBITION WORKS REFLECT her experience of horticulture, agriculture and the central ‘desert’ of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara-Yungkunytjatjara Lands. They are the outcome of working on public projects in rural, regional and remote communities. They mark the geography and cultural footprints on the land.

RECENT ARTWORKS REFER TO DUSTS – cosmic to domestic to particle physics. They have grown out of the earlier works on land and water systems. The dusts of particle physics have led the artist to the perception of place as a single entity with multiple alternatives. Public responses to the resulting works have revealed a more common experience for investigation – the connection between physical and virtual components.

THE NEW WORK develops the combination of elemental materials with movement and sound. It elicits a variety of responses, based on individual associations and memory. Through imagination, the individual makes connections with alternative states of being / existences.

MARGARET'S FOCUS is on interaction through artworks that connect place, experience and memory through materials, sound and movement. The achievement of balance, between physical action and internal perception, is central to her creative approach and output.


M A R G A R E T   W O R T H                    CURRICULUM VITAE                   A R T I S T + D E S IG N E R



1970 - 72 Master Degree in Fine Arts, Columbia University, New York NY.

1969 - 70 Advanced Studies Certificate, School of Visual Arts, New York NY.

1963 - 67 Diploma in Art Education, South Australian School of Art + Adelaide University SA.


Australian National Gallery; National Gallery Victoria; Art Gallery of South Australia; Art Gallery NSW; Artbank, Australia; Columbia University, New York, USA; Flinders University SA; University of SA South Australia; Curtin University, WA ; Cruthers Collection WA; Mornington Peninsula Reg. Gallery Vic., New England Regional Art Gallery NSW, Burnie Regional Art Gallery Tas; Murray Bridge Regional Gallery SA.


2018         Winner LORNE SCULPTURE BIENNALE AWARD, Victoria.

2017         ARTS SA IMPP Grant, Project Development ‘VAJRASANA meditation’ for exhibit LSB18.

2015         SA Digital Theatre Mentorship, Country Arts SA.

2014         Arts SA, impp Grants for Professional & Project Development in Digital Media.

2012         Centenary of Canberra Celebrations, grant for Project Development & Presentation Robyn Archer’s ‘One River’

2012         Arts SA, grant for New Work Development and exhibition on multiple realities.

2012         Country Arts SA, grant for professional development in using digital media.

2011         Environmental Award, Sculpture by the Sea, Brighton Jetty Classic.

2009         Arts SA, grant for New Works Development and exhibition on Dusts.

2003         Encounter 2002, National Major Events Award, Victor Harbor installation and launch component: ‘On Occupied Territory’.

2002         ARTS SA, grant for Research and Development and exhibition of environmentally interactive wind instruments.

1999         Civic Trust Award SA - Brighton Jetty art installation ‘The Elements at Play’

1996         National & State Awards, Healthy Heart Local Govt. Best Specialist Project Perry Barr Farm, ‘Play Way’.

1995         National CEAD Award - Community Environment Art & Design, National Sir Zelman Cowan Award, RAIA Award South Australia, BHP Award, Civic Trust Award South Australia - Swallowcliffe Schools


SELECTED PROJECTS and EXHIBITIONS                         

2018         Winner Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018 Award with ‘VAJRASANA meditation’.

2017-18   ‘Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Women Abstract Artists’ National Gallery of Australia Touring Exhibition.

2017-18   ‘Sculpture Encounters: Granite Island’ installation ‘WALKING LOOKING TALKING: NOPPAN NUKKAN YUNNAN’.

2017         ‘Margaret Worth’ Solo exhibition, Charles Nodrum Gallery Vic.

2016         ‘RIPPLE EFFECT’, Ocean Street projection sequence, Victor Harbor SA..

2016         Heysen Sculpture Biennial, selected entry, Hahndorf SA.

2015         ’Mining the Mind: Material Memory’, Flinders Medical Centre, SA.

2014-15   ‘Where are you? What Time is it? How do you know?’ SALA Festival, Goolwa SA, Araluen Alice Springs NT.

2013         ‘One River: Alluvial Connections’, Regional Creative Director for National Project, Centenary of Canberra        Celebrations, presented Goolwa SA, Canberra ACT.

2012         Caloundra Regional Art Gallery Prize, Qu. selected entry.

2011         Heysen Sculpture Biennal, Hahndorf SA, selected entry.

2010-12   ‘Drop the Dust’, SALA Festival, Flinders University City Gallery, SA & national touring with Pam Kouwenhoven

2011         Fleurieu Biennale Art& Environment Project, Fox Creek Winery selected participation.

2011         Sculpture by the Sea, Brighton, SA selected entry.

2009         ‘Arid - A Sculptural Collaboration’,Australian Arid Lands Botanical Gardens, Port Augusta.

2008-10   ‘In the Top Paddock’, SA touring exhibn. with Toyotake Yamauchi, Country Arts SA.

2007         National McClelland Sculpture Survey + Award, Mc Clelland Park, Victoria selected entry.

2006         National Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award Exhibition, Werribee Park, Victoria selected entry.

2006         Fleurieu Peninsular Biennale Art Prize, McClaren Vale, SA selected entry.

2004         ‘Land Marks’, Flinders University Art Museum City Gallery, solo exhibition.



2008         ‘TRACKS + TALES’, Causeway and Foreshore Entrances, Port Augusta SA.

2003         ‘COLLECTING THOUGHTS’, interactive sound work, Technology Park, Mawson Lakes SA

2003         ‘ON OCCUPIED TERRITORY’ Victor Harbor, memorial to M. Flinders and N. Baudin, Encounter Bay SA.

2002         ‘SALT WALL’ and solar powered ‘IRRIGATION FOUNTAIN’ art installations, Waikerie on R. Murray SA

1999         'THE ELEMENTS AT PLAY', Brighton Jetty, SA, light, wind and the waves create sound and visual art works.

1997         'TJIRBRUKI GATEWAY' Marion SA, a reconciliation project and event with on-going ceremonies.