To the lure of Curiosity 

                 and Possibility.....


Drawing and digital art - with a poetic twist   

Mary Courtney

Coventry born and based artist, award-winning poet and child of the car factory, inspired by science, stories, the city, the ambiguous and the deliciously ridiculous. Creates with artists and those who don't call themselves artists, mingling boundaries and trying new things. Had a four year love affair with the Periodic Table, resulting in Characters of the Elements, where the ingredients of the universe were re-imagined in a drawing the size of two and a half blue whales. Some are to be projected on the Cathedral walls on 15 Nov.













The Coventry Menagerie, is next. It will bring attention to overloooked creatures on the furniture of the city, and display the bountiful creativity of children with projections on buildings. 

Tap Turns -  Word-play Animation

 Re-imagining the Cullen Mural in Coventry - Animation

Drawing direct with a pen 


Drawing a machine without looking at the paper - it morphed - into a punk 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. 2019 is the United Nations International Year of the Periodic Table

It was written all over her - Projected Poem Performance

A collaboration with artist Sherrie Edgar for the Exhibition Project Coventry.  Sherrie animated the text of the poem by Mary Courtney, and performed with the projection at Holyhead Studios on 20th June this year, in a nude suit, like a modern Lady Godiva.

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 - A Quick 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

Art in Science - Curation

Scores of unpublished, rarely seen chemistry microscopic images, were curated and exhibited as Art, on giant digital screens at the University of Warwick.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 some of their images.

Spaceship Mermaid -

Image Confabulation

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

 A Coventry Night off the Tiles - Animation with Alan Van Wijgerden




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 at the Spon Spun Festival