Margaret Woodward presentation May 6, 2024

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Dr Woodward has held artist residencies across the United States, and in Tasmania. She has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally and is a prolific writer. Her creative works are inspired by archives in libraries and collections around the world. Dr Woodward is currently the recipient of the inaugural Creative Fellowship awarded by the State Library of Tasmania. Her project for the residency centres around an 1868 artefact, the ‘Tasman’s Peninsula – Semaphore Code Dictionary’ (CON133/1/1) held in in the Tasmanian Archives collection.

The dictionary is a detailed material and social catalogue of the colony of Van Diemen’s Land. Dr Woodward is revisiting this artefact, writing and publishing a contemporary code book for present day Lutruwita/Tasmania, and sewing two sets of 10 semaphore flags as an installation in the State Library of Tasmania both in the north and the south.

Margaret also spoke about her current joint project with Justy Phillips, @therestofus, in which text is knitted into blankets, and her recent residency at Bundanon, NSW.

You can access Margaret’s talk here:

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