Drawing and digital art - with a poetic twist   

  Welcome

                                          

                    

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-launched the Sitting Rooms of Culture Facebook Group as a response to COVID, to support and showcase creativity in Coventry. It is buzzing, quirky and abundant! (From zero to 2.7k members in eight weeks). 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....

www.marycourtneycoventry.com

Collaborative

drawing

Community

word-play

fabulation                film

projection

               mapping

Coventry

social action 

curation

Phoenix. Film-Poem. Collaboration with Tara Rutledge 

Featured as the cover video for March-July 2020 on the Coventry Cathedral Facebook page

(10.8K views)

CURRENT PROJECT - A Giant hand-made picture book

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

TO COVENTRY....

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

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

Poem Projection Performance - Collaboration with Sherrie Edgar

The Poem,"It was written all over her", was performed at Holyhead Studios, Coventry

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

 

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 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. 

Sponnie

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

Contact

email: marycourtneyart@gmail.com

 

Mary Courtney, Coventry, UK

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

www.marycourtneycoventry.com

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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

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