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Margaret Benyon Memorial Exhibition



This exhibition was organised by Jonathan Ross as a tribute to, and In honour of, Margaret Benyon, who died last year.

It will take place on Saturday January 21st from 5.30 – 8.30pm and will be attended by key holographers from science, industry and the arts community.

There are several works by Benyon in the holography collection and these will be on show during the event.

The exhibition will run from 21st - 28th January with viewing by appointment.

View or download the pdf catalogue here.

Times obituary. (Opens in a new window/tab)

Image taken from the 3 x 8 + 1 exhibition cataloge produced in 1994.

Initially a painter, Margaret Benyon began to make holograms in 1968 when holography was available only to scientists. Her aim was to take holography out of the science lab, and to enlarge the boundaries of what was traditionally seen as fine art.
Her early body of work with holography was an exploration of those aspects that were unique to it. Living in Australia with her partner and two small children in the 1970's led to work that was more humanist and cross-cultural. On returning to the UK in 1981 she began to use the human body exclusively, in a personal, partly therapeutic way. More recently she has explored the naturalisation of holography and an "assigned" female aesthetic.

Her work with creative holography has been recognised with academic fellowships, artists' residencies, and a number of other art and holography related awards. She is currently listed in the International Who's Who, and in the millennium year she was awarded an MBE by HM the Queen in the New Year Honours List 2000 for services to art. Her work has been seen in a large number of exhibitions, in countries as far apart as the USA, Canada, Portugal, Italy, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and China. Her works are in a number of public collections, including the Australian National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and in an undocumented number of private collections world- wide. In 1994 she received a Ph.D. from the Royal College of Art, London, for her research and activities in art holography.

Margaret Benyon made most of her holograms in her home studio on the south coast of England for 23 years. This was a basic, low-tech, non-commercial holographic studio, one of very few in existence, however, she also used more sophisticated international labs.

In 2005 she moved to Sydney, Australia and was an honorary Professorial Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Art at the University of New South Wales before retiring for reasons of ill health. She died in 2016.

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