Mary Griffiths (b. 1965) is from the Wirral and lives in Manchester. She graduated from the MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art in 2009.

Recent exhibitions include: Protest and Remembrance at Alan Cristea Gallery, London (2019); Wild Honey, The Turnpike, Leigh (2018, Arts Council England funded); Prospect Planes, a video drawing made with Kostya Novoselov for the Great Exhibition of the North, Newcastle/Gateshead, 2018 (Commissioned by Brighter Sound with Arts Council England funding ); Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester  and touring internationally (2016 – 2018); From Seathwaite, permanent wall drawing at the National Graphene Institute, Manchester (2015); Still Further, Bureau, Manchester (2014); Black and White Room, curated by Cornelia Parker at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (2014); Some Recent Examples, Manchester (2013); Cabedal, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon (2012); Fathom, Bureau, Manchester (2012); Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool (2011). Her book, Pictures of War, was published by Carcanet in 2009.

Mary Griffiths is Senior Curator (Modern and Contemporary Art) at the Whitworth, Manchester.



MA Fine Art (Distinction), Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University


BA English Literature, Newcastle University

One-person Exhibitions


Wild Honey, The Turnpike, Leigh and Lancashire Mining Museum at Astley Green Colliery (14 April  – 26 May 2018) (booklet)


From Seathwaite, permanent wall drawing in the National Graphene Institute, The University of Manchester


Still Further, Bureau, Manchester (1 Dec – 13 Feb 2015)

Rangefinder, artist in residence, PS Mirabel, Manchester (25 Apr – 7 June)


Fathom, Bureau, Manchester. (31 Mar – 12 May)

Group Exhibitions


The Fire Within, The Galleries, Wigan (11 May – 6 July 2019)(book)

MAJOR CONVERSATIONS – The Industrial Narrative, Platform A, Middlesbrough (29 March – 30 April 2019)

Protest and Remembrance, Alan Cristea Gallery, London (28 February – 30 March 2019)(e-book)


Prospect Planes (2018) (video drawing) made with Kostya Novoselov and accompanied by Sara Lowes’ Graphene Theme. Premiered as part of the Hexagon Experiment, Great Exhibition of the North, Great North Museum, Newcastle (Friday 17 August 2018)

Cultivation: Points of Vantage, Hestercombe House, Taunton, Somerset (17 March – 8 July 2018)


Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond, Hong Kong Science Museum (15 December 2017 – 18 April 2018)


From A to C; this being B, Caustic Coastal, Manchester (17 November – 10 December 2016)

Looking North, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (28 October 2016 – 26 February 2017)

Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (23 July 2016 – 25 June 2017)


The Dream of Modern Living? Warrington Museum and Art Gallery (2 Oct – 14 Nov 2015)


Black and White Room, curated by Cornelia Parker at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (9 June – 17 Aug)

In Conversation, Touchstones, Rochdale (5 Apr – 14 June)

The Drawing Project, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (14 – 23 Feb)


Tip of the Iceberg: Art from Up North, Contemporary Art Society, London (4 Oct 2013 – 3 Jan )

Some Recent Examples, Sevendale House, Manchester (4 – 21 July)


Cabedal, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon, Portugal  (16 Nov 2012 – 26 Jan) (catalogue)


Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool. (5 Aug – 3 Sept)

Workhouse, The Hive, Manchester. (14 – 21 Apr)           


MA Show, Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art. (30 Sept – 6 Oct)

This and That, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, USA. (7 Aug – 6 Sept)

Four Artists from the Manchester School of Art, FAFA Gallery, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland. (14 Feb – 1 March) (catalogue)


Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008, Jerwood Space, London and touring UK. (17 Sept 2008 – 25 Apr 2009) (catalogue)

The Origins of Nine, Islington Mill, Salford. (May)


Arts Council Collection; The Whitworth; Private Collections



The Fire Within, Wigan Borough Council, 2019

Protest and Remembrance e-book, Alan Cristea Gallery, 2019


Wild Honey review by Natalie Bradbury, Corridor 8, 7 May 2018, Corridor 8 Wild Honey

Wild Honey Review by Linda Pittwood, Art World Shanghai, June 2018, 330_艺术世界-linda, Turnpike

Prospect Planes article by Bingyan Xue, The Art Newspaper China, 9 October 2018, The Art Newspaper China


Revolver, Tiago Duarte and Pavel Büchler, Edinburgh

The Right Formula, The Story of the National Graphene Institute, David Taylor, Manchester University Press


Drawing Paper 5, published by Mike Carney & Jon Barraclough


Pictures of War, published by Carcanet.