Txt Manor: Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield
About the Project Artists
Mary is a painter and community artist who has lived and worked in Sheffield for fifteen years. She completed her BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University in 1993. Over the years her work has become increasingly focused towards the community.
She has worked with many groups including Mama (East African Women’s Group), Moorfields Homeless Project and schools throughout the city. She has a workshop at the Garden Rooms, Arts and Community Studios.
Mary writes: 'The work I do in my studio has two functions. Firstly, it feeds my need to be creative, to play with materials, discover processes and explore ideas, the way I want to. This part is very much about me. Secondly, my studio practice compliments the work I do in the community. I think it is essential to understand through experience the process of creating something. To understand the difficulties and the joys and to be able to share this with different groups.' (See Related Links below for Mary's website)
Sue’s work focuses on issues and ideas around identity, memory and loss. She uses a range of media to create these effects - including photography, textiles, sculpture and video.
Sue writes: 'I am interested in the power of objects; how an object’s meaning comes from both a mix of personal and cultural experiences. My current series of work explores how putting together two completely different objects can create playful, ironic images. Mixing both old and newly found objects can create new narratives and comments about contemporary society today.
'I am also interested in using art as a process to support and develop people's creativity and confidence in themselves and as part of their communities. Art can act as a powerful process of change, allowing people to gain new confidence, creative skills and a sense of achievement in themselves.'