Mary Branson is best known for her large scale conceptual light sculptures and installations, particularly the iconic ‘New Dawn’ 2016 sculpture in the Houses of Parliament, which celebrates the centenary of the Suffrage movement and is the first permanent piece of contemporary abstract art in the Palace of Westminster.
She has created light and sound works for the London 2012 Olympics, The Magna Carta Memorial at Runnymede, Royal Holloway University and ‘Harvest’ a huge site specific installation at Box Hill Surrey in collaboration with the Surrey Hills and National Trust, highlighting the plight of farmers facing climate change. At the beginning of 2019 Mary transformed Salisbury Cathedral into an ethereal construction site.
She is an award-winning print maker, a choreographer for a number of performance and dance events, and a mentor and public speaker, having lately returned from a lecture tour to New York and Washington DC.
Using familiar objects and materials, and experimenting with scale, light, colour and multiplicity, Branson wants to form new environments that are stimulating, playful.
She enjoys the challenge of using landscape and architecture as a backdrop to site responsive pieces. She often works with large teams of volunteers to help her realise her ambitious uses of scale and finds the shared ownership of the community as an important part of her artistic process.
She has held a number of artistic residencies, including for Parliament, the British Council, Crisis, the National Trust and HM Prison service, where she led an art group for women prisoners.
As many of her installations are temporary, Mary’s projects can encompass elements of performance, photography, film and sound as forms of documentation. She also produces smaller scale works in glass and ceramics.