Mary Hurrell (b. Gqeberha, South Africa) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bristol and North Devon, working across sound production, choreography and installation. Approaching sound and sculpture as bodily extension –– working with the visceral, emotional and tactile experience within the body, imagination and space –– her work unfolds the material of feeling, poetics of desire, perception and experiences of time and transformation.Hurrell has presented projects with Nicoletti Contemporary, The Bower, The Roberts Institute of Art, South London Gallery, Bold Tendencies X Sadlers Wells and Whitechapel Gallery; and in 2018 she produced mappings, a trilogy of live and installation based works at Flat Time House, Kunstraum (London) and Centro Botin (Spain). She has performed solo sound performances at Cafe OTO, Corsica Studios, IKLECTIK (London), Jupiter Rising Festival (Edinburgh), The Old Hairdressers (Glasgow) and broadcasts on RADIOPHRENIA, Resonance Extra and RTM Radio. Recent artist residencies include; BrittenPears Arts (Aldeburgh) 2023, Gilfélagið (Akureyri, Iceland) 2022, Yamakiwa Gallery (Japan) 2018 and Flat Time House (London) 2017.
In 2021 Hurrell was awarded the ‘Because of Many Suns’ prize by Collezione Taurisano for her work Blush Response; Arts Council England Project Grants in 2015, 2017 and 2020; and is currently the recipient of a PRAXIS 2023 participate grant, an independent study programme organised by fluent in Santander (Spain).