"I like to hole up in my cave and draw. 

Direct to the page with a pen. I lose track of time 

on Photoshop. Dabble in ink, mixed-media and paint - But pen and paper has the strongest lure."

 

Characters of the Elements

The big ongoing project is creating characters - personalities with poems - from the building blocks of the universe: the 118 elements of the Periodic Table. Among these are Chlorine the Killer Clean, with all life swiped in her halo, Sneaky Arsenic, Argon can't be Arsed, Hydrogen Hooligan and Germanium the Gerbilish - Dervilish. The Trojan Nitrogen and Oxygenie were selected for the Coventry Drawing Prize. The plan is to fully exhibit this giant drawing-poem (70ish metres) in 2021.

           "Image and word feed each other"

The idea was crystallising himself

 

This drawing, and the chemistry image by Maria Adobes-Vidal that inspired it, made it into the journal:

Chemistry in Australia. 

Is Parity inviting a Parrot to Tea?

 

A cartoon for

International Women's Day

on the theme of Parity.

Big Draw Events Inspired by Coventry

Bringing people together for free drawing in the community - joining to make one giant creation together in one afternoon. These events attract people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. The Earlsdon Mappa, The Coventry Mappa Magnificellaneous and The Coventry Elephantastic  had over 200 participants at each - all drawing events inspired by Coventry: the geography, the iconic ring road and the elephant symbol of the city.  Small version copies of these giant maps are in hundreds of homes in Coventry.

Click on the links to see the time-lapses and drawings.

Spon End Community Drawing

At the Rose Community Centre, people drew places and memories of Spon End and doodled elephants, butterflies and trees - all as part of the Big Draw for the Spon Spun Festival. Moira's Wet Fish Shop, the Black Horse, carnation milk with tinned peaches, clocks and a grumpy subway, were joined together by the Coventry Chain. The finished piece was shown in the City Arcadia Gallery and the CET building. 

Re-imagining a Bee: Creative Drawing at the Uni

The task was to re-imagine a bee - create something never seen before - with only three criteria - it must have wings, stripes and a sting.

Students, professors and admin staff from the sciences and humanities joined in these creative thinking-drawing workshops at the University of Warwick. Thirty of the creations were included in the Being Objective animation.

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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