Drawing and digital art - with a poetic twist   




Mary Courtney

Coventry born and based award-winning artist and poet - inspired by the city, science, stories, the ambiguous and the deliciously ridiculous. Creates with artists and people of all ages and walks of life. Co-founded the Sitting Rooms of Culture Facebook Group as a response to COVID, to support and showcase creativity in Coventry (3.9K members). Recently made a drawing the size of two and a half blue whales, turning the ingredients of the Periodic Table into characters. Makes stuff with social comment too: library cuts, plastic, poor pay for carers....the dark, light and colours of life....







fabulation                film





social action 


Phoenix. Film-Poem. Collaboration with Tara Rutledge 

The Phoenix is the symbol of Coventry. The film features on the Coventry Cathedral Facebook

page as the cover video, from March 2020. For eleven months so far (over 20k views).

Screened at Coventry Cathedral on 3 October 2020

CURRENT PROJECT: A Giant hand-made picture book

revealing strange and unusual routes to explore the city...


By trunk, by tree, by brute, by blue, by sea,

by one, by sun, by demon, by tongue....

Cov Made Me - Film about 9 Coventry Creatives 

9 artists to correspond with the 9 junctions of the iconic Coventry Ring road. Each revealing a place in the city important to them. Film collaboration with Dana Chis, and researchers Dr. Vishalaki Roy and Dr. Victoria Barker. Funded by Coventry and Warwick Universities. Cover painting by Hazel Price.



Drawing with a pen 

Drawing a machine without looking at the paper - it morphed - into a pierced couple welcoming you to a posh party

Characters of the Elements

A 70 metre drawing-poem revealing the 118 ingredients of the universe - from Hydrogen Hooligan to Chlorine the Killer Clean, and beyond, to the final one  - Oganesson Orgasmatron.  Each brought out of their box on the Periodic Table into quirky new life. 

Anagram Animation

A being OBJECTIVE - Collaborative Animation

Stars anxious Anna Lytic, a moon-brain, tightrope walker, and bees with attitude, in a film made with students, scientists, and animator Laurence Campbell, questioning how objective can we really be. Concept, character design and directed by Mary Courtney.

Egg - Haiku



Tomorrow the robots have grey hair

And sit in circles in nursing home armchairs


Because some things don’t change


The slipper shuffle with the Zimmer frame

The corralling and disdain for old age


Minimum care for the minimum wage

Making Art from Science - Curation

Scores of chemistry microscopic images, never made public before, were curated and exhibited as Art, on giant digital screens at the University of Warwick. A collaboration with the Chemistry Department during the Leverhulme Artist Residency at the University. Chemists pictured here with their images.

Spaceship Mermaid -

Image Confabulated

Stained glass at Coventry Cathedral seen with a new eye

Creating art events in community settings

 bringing people together

Creating art events in community settings

 bringing people together

for the fun of it 

Pop Din - Collaborative Animation

Featuring a brain waving and a battle with the lolipops. Made with Alan Van Wijgerden

Plastic Planet - Poem

On Lips - Projection

Soundscape by Synthcurious

Grand Tour of the Cov Telegraph - Collaborative Animation

The old Coventry Telegraph building, filmed in the last week of its life as a Pop Up Gallery,

on a grand tour, led by a skull tour guide. With Alan Van Wijgerden. Sound by Synthcurious

The Coventry Elephantastic - Community Big Draw

Made by 200+ people in four hours.  Segment below. 


The Mechanical Fish

From Spon End

Sponnie, with his subway scales, waving hand and chomping jaw, brought together local people and their magical fish creations, at the Spon Spun Arts Festival 2018.

A collaboration with Fab Lab (Marie Sindel and Jack Shuttleworth), Coventry Grapevine, Christopher Sidwell and Andrea Mburushimana. Concept and lead artist Mary Courtney.

Sponnie the mechanical fish 

wins Visitors' Choice Award

 Night off the Tiles - Animation with Alan Van Wijgerden


email: marycourtneyart@gmail.com


Mary Courtney, Coventry, UK

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021


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Poetry and Art Awards

National Poetry Competition, commended winner.

The largest poetry competition in the UK

The International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Twice commended.

One of the largest value awards for a poem in the world


Cambridge University Poetry Prize. Awarded Second

Coventry Drawing Prize. Twice selected

Visitors' Choice Award at the Spon Spun Festival, Coventry

Co-Founder of Sitting Rooms of Culture