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About me – Mary Collett – printmaker

I was born in London in 1957 and always enjoyed painting and drawing at school.  I trained as an junior school teacher (specialising in art) many years ago and taught for several years in a Junior school near Brighton. Since then I have had various other careers as a computer programmer, a technical consultant, a mother and a company director!

I was introduced to the Bristol based Spike Island Print Studio about 10 years ago when my young son attended a course there. I was gripped by the atmosphere and, after attending a course led by renowned wood engraver Peter Reddick, I started to create my own prints. Since then I have exhibited with the North Bristol Artists, at Spike Island Print Studios, had work hung by local galleries and taken part in a print exchange with an Australian Print Studio.

My work was accepted for the Bristol Art Show ’07 at the Centrespace Gallery and for the 2007, 2009 and 2011 RWA Autumn Exhibitions. I was also nominated by Venue magazine as one of the 6 ’emerging artists’ from the 2007 RWA exhibition.  I also had work accepted for the 2009 Open Print exhibition at the RWA,was part of a four artist exhibition at the RWA in 2010 and had several prints accepted for the 2013 ‘Reigning Cats and Dogs’ exhibition at the RWA.

Exhibitions:

Australian Print Exchange in Sydney & Bristol – May & September 2007
Bristol Art Show, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol – September 2007
RWA Autumn Open Exhibition, Bristol – October 2007   
North Bristol Artists Trail – November 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012
Spike Island Open May 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
Nails Gallery Wildlife Exhibition Jan 2009
Open Impact – Sept 2009
Royal West Academy Open Print – Oct 2009
Royal West Academy Autumn Exhibition – November 2009
The Affordable Art Fair May 2010
Royal West Academy Four – Four Persons Exhibition July 2010
Royal West Academy Autumn Exhibition – November 2011
Royal West Academy ‘Reigning Cats and Dogs’  January 2013