Mary Fletcher was born in Derby and studied Fine Art and Art History at Nottingham University, where she achieved her BA (Hons). She is also a trained art therapist, and adept at painting, ceramics and print-making and the connection they make to life experiences and helping others to express themselves. Her interests lie in feminist art criticism and in expression of the world of ideas through art.
In 1994 she initiated the art group 'Taking Space', a collective of women artists who show their work together at various venues in Cornwall.
Mary Fletcher’s short film, “My Uncle was always at Grandma’s” was awarded the jury prize in 'The Edge’, the category for experimental films, at Cornwall Film Festival in November 2010.
In autumn of 2016 her painting 'Burkha Selfie' was selected for the RWA's Annual Open Exhibition in Bristol.
Mary works from a shared studio at White's Old Workshops in Porthmeor Road, St Ives. The studio is open daily during the summer. Visitors are welcome to drop in between 11 and 4 to view artworks on display, which are also available for sale.
Painter, ceramicist, teacher, art therapist and film maker
works and access
Works incl: Open Door
WCAA Founding Art Auction (2004), Queen's Hotel (Donor)
2006 selected for Studio 3, Canterbury University 'Art and Movement'
2009: Taking Space, Bay Gallery (Hotel Penzance)
2011: Taking Space, The Crypt Gallery, St Ives
2011: Solo exhibition: '7 Days at the Salthouse', Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
2014: St Ives Arts Club, Westcotts Quay
2015: Taking Space, The Salthouse, Norway Square, St Ives (24-30 Oct)
2016: Taking Space, Crypt Gallery, Norway Square, St Ives (26 Mar-1 Apr)
2016: Solo exhibition: 'Picturing Pedyr and other people', St Ives Arts Club (2-8 Apr)
2016: STISA Printmakers, Ceramics & Drawing Exhibition (28 May-27 June)
2016: Taking Space, Shire Hall, Bodmin (23 July-31 Aug)
2016: RWA Annual Open Exhibition (9 Oct-27 Nov)
2017: Taking Space, Crypt Gallery, St Ives (29 Apr-5 May)
2017: St Ives Arts Club (5-11 Aug)
2017: Project Space, CMR Gallery, Redruth (5-8 Oct)
2017: Capturing Movement, Studio 3 Gallery, Kent University, Canterbury (21 Sept-1 Dec)
2017: STISA Christmas Open Exhibition (25 Nov-2 Jan)
2018: Taking Space, Crypt Gallery, St Ives (24-30 March)
2018: STISA Spring Open Exhibition (28 April-22 May)
2018: Solo, St Ives Arts Club (4-10 Aug)
2018: Grief into Art, Redwing Gallery, Penzance (25 Aug-1 Sept)
2018: Taking Space, Rock Institute, Rock (16-21 Oct)
2018: STISA Christmas Open Exhibition (24 Nov-2 Jan)
2019: Taking Space, Crypt Gallery, St Ives (4-17 May)
2019: Taking Space, Morvah Schoolhouse, Morvah (24 Aug-6 Sept)
St Ives Arts Club
CMR project space, Redruth
misc further info
2006 MA Falmouth Contemporary Visual Art
Cornishman 5 Nov 2009
Whybrow (1996) Another View, Art in St Ives (illus, photo likeness)
WH Lane Sales Catalogue 23 Apr 2004, WCAA
Hoyle, H (March 2011 Women Artists in Cornwall www.cornishmuse.blogspot.com) 'Mary Fletcher - feminist, socialist - and artist'
Hoyle, H (April 2016 Women Artists in Cornwall www.cornishmuse.blogspot.com) 'Taking Space at the Crypt Gallery'