In 1980 Hambling became the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London. Her work includes portraits and a series of North Sea paintings.
In 1995 she was awarded an OBE for her services to painting, followed by a CBE in 2010.
She was rated a "National Treasure" in the Pink List 2010 and the Pink List 2011, number 28 in the Pride Power List 2011 and a "Lifetime Achievement Award" in the Pink List 2012 and number 60 in the World Pride Power List 2013.
- "As confirmed by her CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours, Hambling is as quintessentially British as warm beer, dissent, and scones for tea. Her best- known works are a memorial to Oscar Wilde and a four-metre sculpture in metal of two interlocking scallops, erected on Aldeburgh beach and dedicated to Benjamin Britten."
- http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/Magazine/article1484013.ece Lynn Barber, "Maggi Hambling: glad to be off the wall", Sunday Times, 23 November 2014.
- http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/the-ios-pink-list-2010-2040472.html "IOS Pink List 2010", Independent on Sunday, 31 July 2010.