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Mary, Mary: Art and Poetry

St Martin-on-the-Hill, Albion Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2BT

'Mary, Mary' sees multidisciplinary artists Angela Chalmers, Mim Robson and poet Kitty Greenbrown celebrate the life of Miss Mary Craven. The exhibition looks at themes of female power, otherness, the desire for freedom and the language of flowers.

St Martin-on-the-Hill on Scarborough’s wind-swept South Cliff is a treasure trove of Pre-Raphaelite stained glass and William Morris interior décor. But just who was the enigmatic Mary who conjured this exquisitely-decorated example of the Gothic revival into being? The church was built chiefly at her expense in 1863, and her generosity breathed life into what it is today, a Pre-Raphaelite’ Cathedral by the Sea’. But why was she reprimanded for stealing flowers from nearby South Cliff Gardens one morning in 1870?

As part of ‘Creativity Unwrapped’ and the 160th celebrations of the opening of St Martin’s church, floral-inspired cyanotypes by artist-in-residence Angela Chalmers are displayed alongside Mim Robson’s flower petal installations and poetry by Kitty Greenbrown. The exhibition connects to Mary’s love of flowers and the symbolism they hold.

The exhibition commences on Friday, 8th September, when Mim Robson will create ephemeral floral constructions around the church that connect to Mary’s flower gathering story. Experience art visuals, poetry and video by Angela Chalmers and Kitty Greenbrown.

On Sunday, 10th September, join artist Angela Chalmers for a free drop-in botanical sun printing session. Come along at any time between 12 noon - 2 pm and create a stunning blueprint inspired by nature and the beautiful stained-glass windows.

‘Mary, Mary’ continues throughout the week until Saturday, 16th September. There is a cafe serving drinks, cakes & lunches.

This event took place in September 2023 and the entry is now archived.

Organised by

Friends of St. Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough

Date last modified: 9th August 2023 at 20:07