"My philosophy is curiosity and experiment - to enjoy and nurture the creative spark in myself and others."

Poetry Awards 

National Poetry Competition

Cambridge University

International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry

in Medicine (twice) 

Workshops/Events 

Libraries, Universities

Primary Schools

Escape Community Arts

Instigated an Arts Trail

The Herbert, Saltaire Festival

with Rahila Hussain: winner

of ITV Food Glorious Food

 

Exhibits and Awards

Compton Verney, Tate Modern

Media City UK, Friswells

George Eliot Hospital

University of Warwick

Earlsdon Library

Lewis Gallery, City Arcadia

Spon Spun Visitors' Choice Award

Coventry Drawing Prize (twice)

Fellowships, Residencies, Education

Random String Digital Art

Fellowship with Ludic Rooms

Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Warwick University Chemistry Dept

Artist in Residence at Nuneaton Library

Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University

PGCE Teaching Qualification

MA Health Care Research

BA Hons Nursing (RGN)

Distinction in Foundation Art

More About

I'm a Coventry artist and poet from Irish working class roots; lover of libraries, wildlife, medieval maps, dancing, automata, community activism and singing in harmonies - delighted that my home town is to be UK City of Culture 2021! Currently experimenting with digital projection after a Fellowship with Ludic Rooms, and wondering what in the world to do with a monster 70metre drawing.  

As well as that vital fizz of ideas, I've an open nature and the ability to keep deadlines, ingrained from former lives as a nurse, policy analyst, Access Tutor and academic.  I like the freedom to experiment that my new life brings. Collaboration is fuel for creativity. Do get in touch if you'd like to!

Mixing art with words

Mixing people and ideas

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2019

Forthcoming. Digital Projection on the walls inside Coventry Cathedral. Two items selected for the Open Projections. Sneaky Arsenic animation: collaboration with Alan Van Wijgerden and Four Characters of the Elements: collaboration with Laurence Campbell.15 November

 

Forthcoming. Poetry-Film: Phoenix. In collaboration with Tara Rutledge. Funded by Coventry City Council. To be released in January 2020 - Launch will be on the Coventry Cathedral Facebook Page

Forthcoming. Poem: It could never get out, selected for publication in the Here Comes Everyone magazine. End of November

Project Coventry, a Projection-based exhibition. One of 12 exhibiting artists. An animated poem live projection onto a human body. Poem "It was written all over her" by Mary Courtney, with text animation and projection performance by Sherrie Edgar. The Classroom, Holyhead Studios, Coventry. 20 June

Digital screening of The Cullen Jig animation, The Turning Taps animation and the Lips Projection. Curated by Edie Jo Murray. University of Warwick Piazza 19 June 

Night off the Tiles. Animation inspired by the Cullen mural in the lower precinct in Coventry. Made with Alan Van Wijgerden

 

Freedom of Expression. Library Poem. Commission from Coventry City of Culture for the #HumansofCov project. Text of the Poem projected at Fly the Flag for Human Rights Event, A Seat at the Table, Foeshill, Coventry, 25 June 2019.  Poetry-film with Alan Van Wijgerden - Independently funded. Link to video

Random String Fellowship, with Ludic Rooms, (Post-Digital Arts). Coventry. November 2018 - March 2019 

BBC CWR Culture Club Programme Guest four times this year, plus additional spot as Art-e-Facts guest

2018

Digital Projection at Coventry New Cathedral. With Alan Van Wijgerden. New Years Eve

 

For Oblivious Reasons. Poem. Here Comes Everyone. Ritual Issue 

Coventry Artist of the Week, September, selected by Curating Coventry, for an image of Coventry Cathedral

The Grand Tour of the CET. Film animation with Alan Van Wijgerden, with music by Synthcurious. Launch 15 September, Holyhead Studios, Coventry

Sponnie and Friends. At Moira's Wet Fish Shop, as part of the Spon Spun Festival,15 September and City Arcadia Gallery, 5-20 October. Project leader. Collaboration with Christopher Sidwell, Andrea Mbarushimana, and Marie Sindel and Jack Shuttleworth of Coventry Fablab, along with Grapevine and Moira's family. Winner of Visitors' Choice Award

BBC CWR Culture Club Show. Guest contributor three times in the autumn

Tomorrow. Poem. Published in Here Comes Everyone. Coventry. Silhouette Press. July

Pop Din  - Brain-waving animation.  Created with Alan Van Wijgerden. Vimeo. Shown at the CET, Coventry. April 

 

Art Workshops for the University of Warwick. Food and Culture

Art Workshop for Coventry Grapevine, in collaboration with Andrea Mbarushimana. Magical fish-making

 

Poetry-art workshops for children at Castle Vale Primary, Birmingham. Theme: Protest 

Poetry Performance. Earlsdon Poetry Extravaganza. Royal Oak, Coventry. May

Poems drawing Photoshop 

​​2017 

Through the Wordrobe. Artist in Residence and Commission, Arts Council England, Warwickshire Poetry Voices and Warwickshire Libraries, Nuneaton Library

Poems on the Pavement with Spon Gate Primary School (with a drawing and poetry workshop with glitch artist Antonio Roberts)

 

Spon End Big Draw. Exhibited at Coventry Arcadia Gallery, Spon Spun Festival and CET 

 

Workshops and talks at the University of Warwick, incl Mapping the Imagination for the Applied Imagination module and Academic Mobilities: Snakes, Ladders and Flying Carpets

 

Art-Poetry Workshops for Escape Community Arts, Nuneaton

 

The Coventry Elephantastic, Community Big Draw and Neuroscience event, with Professor Bruno Frenguelli and Professor Kevin Moffat from the University of Warwick Neuroscience Department. Earlsdon Library. Funded by the University of Warwick

Conference Drawing: The Intergalactic Cosmic Egg-Ship. Nexus Business

collaborative animation and film

2016 

Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the University of Warwick Chemistry Department. A collaboration with Professor Patrick Unwin

Art of the Micronosphere, digital chem-art exhibition, University of Warwick and collaborative exhibition talk at the Herbert, Coventry

 

The Coventry Mappa Magnificellaneous. Community Big Draw Event, and chemistry public engagement event with Warwick University Chemistry Department. Earlsdon Library

 

Planet Biscuit: Into the Micronosphere, film with Laurence Campbell and images from Warwick University Chemistry

 

A Being Objective. Animation-film. Collaboration with Laurence Campbell, with drawings from academics and students at the University of Warwick. Funded by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning, University of Warwick 

Forest of Optics. Film with Laurence Campbell in collaboration with Vasilios Stavros, Laser Lab, University of Warwick 

 

Guest Blogger for Outside In. Verse Reaction and Caption Chem

Abstract of War. Front Cover design and haiku inspired by a scientific research image and collaboration. Chemistry - A European Journal

We Have A Situation Coventry. Role as Community Consultant. Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University, coordinated by Rachelle Viader Knowles, with Helen Varley-Jamieson

 

Spirit of Ubuntu Drawing Event. ESRC Festival of Social Science. Manchester Metropolitan University

Contact

email: mary@marycourtneypoetry.co.uk

 

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 at the Spon Spun Festival

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