b.1982 South Africa, lives and works in London. Mary Hurrell works across performance, sound and sculpture to explore choreography of the body, space and object. Investigating forms of language and movement in relation to physical and psychological states, she draws on themes of synaesthetic experience, transformation, translation and perceptual surfaces of imagination and memory.

Image Credits

1. Peony 2020, paper collage
2. Chrysanthemum 2020, paper collage
3. Magnolia 2020, paper collage
4. Freesia 2020, paper collage
5. Water Lily 2020, paper collage

soft machinesdigital collage, 2019

24 August 2019, Jupiter Rising Festival, Edinburgh
Site-specific choreography of live movement and sound for the Charles Jencks Lake, Jupiter Artland.

Movement Study 6 (Maxxinna)
12 midday to 12 midnight, 12-17 November 2018 The Bower, Brunswick Park, London
A performative installation and 360 degree movement in time over 6 consecutive days.
Performed with Nina Davies.

3pm 29 July 2018, Yamakiwa Gallery, Tokamachi, Niigata, Japan. Performance for By Indirections Find Directions Out culminating an artist residency at Yamakiwa Gallery.

A collection of textural scores and collages by Mary Hurrell charting two bodies of work spanning 2015-2018, with essays by Emily LaBarge, published by Publication Studio London.

31 May 2018, Nicoletti Contemporary, Paris. Performance for BODY ECHO exhibition.

mappings digital collage series, 2018

mappings / 1 (Pitch)
Body Ecologies 1, organised by fluent at Centro Botin, Santander, Spain, 2018
The first part in a trilogy of works, mappings 2018.
Original electronic soundtrack by Hurrell with movement developed in collboration with Kitty Fedorec. (Images: Courtesy the artist, Centro Botín and fluent; photographer: Belén de Benito)

mappings / 2 (Aerial)
9 March – 14 April 2018
Live event: 7pm, 24 March 2018
Installation and performance, Kunstraum London.
Performed with Kitty Fedorec.
Closing event with Katie Fiore & Simon Parris.
(Photos: Tim Bowditch & Olga Koroleva)

mappings / 3 (OXIORCAD)
28 April from, Flat Time House, London.
A live choreogrpahy of sound, light and performance taking place across sunset from 7:58pm - 8:38pm. 
Performed with Kitty Fedorec. 
(Photos: Andrew Magurran)

1,538°C (as horizon) 2017
(Performance for camera with Agata Madejska

mappings ( 7E-Insulate-Resist-Fat-Edge / Open-Berth-Drone-Milk-Marble-Mercury-Plane-Blade-Teeth- Amputate-Chameleonic-Vessel-Achromatic-Balance) 2017
(Photo: Damian Griffiths)

Untitled (dis-appearing)
Performance for camera, Seydisfjodur, Iceland, 2017

(Photo: Uta Putz)

Movement Study 5 (PEARLEX)
6 October 2016, DRAF
An Evening of Performances with Olof Dreijer, Mary Hurrell, Goshka Macuga, Roman Ondak, Amalia Ulman and Mark Wallinger.
Performed with: Kitty Fedorec, Emily Yuen and Hany Park. 
(Photos: Dan Weill)

16 & 17 April 2016
10 Martello Street, London
Performed with Kitty Fedorec.
(Photos: Tess Hurrell)

VOCAPELT & Movement Study 4 (Dorsal/Breast)
23 January - 28 March 2016
Left Hand to Back of Head, Object Held Against Right Thigh,
The Bluecoat, Liverpool.

MS4 performed with Kitty Fedorec.

Movement 3 (Base) 2014/15
Whitechapel Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Performed with Kitty Fedorec.

TURIBULUM GAME PLAN, Lychee One, London, 2015

Movement Study 4 (Dorsal/Breast)
My Vocabulary Did This Too Me, South London Gallery, 2014
Performed with Kitty Fedorec

Outpost Studios, Norwich, 2014
Performed with Kitty Fedorec, Joelle Green, Emma Webster
Music by Cindie Cheung

Composition for the Glasshouse
The Everything and Nothing Problem,
Jerwood Space in partnership with Ceri Hand, London

Broadcast Gallery, Dublin, 2012
Performed with Kitty Fedorec

ACME Project Space, 2012
Performed with Cindie Cheung

Carlos/Ishikawa, London 2012 Performance for movement, sound and light.
Performed wiith Kitty Fedorec & Joelle Green, sound by Richard Sides.

Carlos/Ishikawa, London 2012

Movement Study 1
RCA Show 2011

HD Video 2010

Blind Ivory
Mixed Media Collage 2010

© Mary Hurrell 2020

Selected Solo Projects, Performances and Exhibitions

(Forthcoming) Blush Response, Exo Exo Project Space, curated by Nicoletti Contemporary, Paris, France, Winter 2021

Movement Study 6 (Maxxinna), The Bower, London, 2018

3(OXIORCAD), Flat Time House, London, 2018

2(AERIAL), Kunstraum, London, 2018

1(PITCH), Body Ecologies 1, organised by fluent at Centro Botin, Spain, 2018

StereoSkin, Herdubreid Biosal, Seydisfjordur, Iceland, 2017

EROTIC MECHANICS, 10 Martello Street, London, 2016

SILVER, Outpost, Norwich, 2014

Release All Whales From Captivity, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, 2013

Key Blank, Broadcast Gallery, Dublin, 2012

Call/Coda, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, 2012

Selected Group Projects, Performances and Exhibitions

UNDEX, Jupiter Rising x Edinburgh Art Festival, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh
Max Eilbacher, Ren Schofield (CONTAINER) + WANDA GROUP + Mary Hurrell, Cafe OTO, London
hmn 16, Bedford House Community Centre, London

By Indirections Find Directions Out, Yamakiwa Gallery, Japan
Body Echo, Nicoletti Contemporary, Paris

Pharos / Beacons, Caustic Coastal, Manchester
Going Along Without A Body, IKLECTIK, London
LOTUS, Bosse & Baum, London

An Evening Of Performances, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
High Arousal: Choreographs and Works, Union Pacific, London
Tarantallegra, HESTER, New York
Left Hand to Back of Head, Bluecoat, Liverpool

London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London
OPEN SOURCE Contemporary Art Festival, London

My Vocabulary Did This Too Me, South London Gallery

The Everything and Nothing Problem, Jerwood Space with Ceri Hand, London

DUPLEX, Jerusalem, 02 Academy & Moore Street Electricity Substation, Sheffield
Coda, Bold Tendencies, Sadler’s Wells Weekend, London
Auditorium/Pavilion Projects, Dilston Grove
SOLOS, In-Use, Performance Evening, Acme Project Space, London

EROTIC MECHANICS-mappings - a collection of textural scores and collages by the artist charting two bodies of work spanning 2015-2018, with essays by Emily LaBarge, published by Publication Studio London.

Yamakiwa Gallery, Tokamachi, Japan, 2018
Radical Affinites, Flat Time House & Kunstraum, London, 2018
Skaftfell Center For Visual Art, Seydisfjodur, Iceland, 2017
Jerusalem Residency, London / Sheffield, 2012
SIM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2008

Research and Development Grant, Arts Council of England, 2020
Research and Development Grant, Arts Council of England, 2017
Research and Development Grant, Arts Council of England, 2015

2011 MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London
2004 BA (HONS), Dance and Visual Art, University of Brighton

Selected Press
19 November 2020
Figure Figure N°35 – Conversation with MARY HURRELL

9 March 2018, frieze
Profile: Mary Hurrell’s Fluid Forms by Chris Fite-Wassilak

12 December 2016, frieze
2016 Highlights: Brian Dillon