Mary gained a BA (hons) in combined arts at Sheffield Hallam University in 1993 and an Art foundation course at London College of Printing 1989.
Since then she has taught in various educational contexts, including schools, young people’s projects, and arts residencies. She has worked with the Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust on the National Portrait Gallery Project, running workshops with schools interpreting loans from the National Portrait Gallery and the Graves portrait collection. In 2006 She visited Somaliland, East Africa, with MAMA East African Women’s Project where she made photographic documentation of local women market traders. She has illustrated two educational books about Nomadic women in Somalia and asylum seekers both published in 2007.
She has won several regional arts awards including an Arts Portfolio Award from West Midlands Arts, resulting in an exhibition of her work and artist talks at Midlands Art Centre in Birmingham. A travel award from Yorkshire and Humberside arts and the Nehru Centre India, enabled her to research traditional Indian arts where she was able to participate in bell metal sculpture, tribal Warli painting, terracotta pottery, dance and yoga workshops in Madhya Pradesh, India. This resulted in a residency, where she delivered art workshops to students at Corpus Christi School in Kerala India. She has also lead projects for groups of young people with The Crucible Youth Theatre and The Site Gallery Sheffield.
Mary currently works from her studio at Portland Works. She teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages delivering workshops combining ESOL and Art to community groups in Sheffield.