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Mary Yacoob’s work encompasses ink on paper, printmaking, wall drawings, large scale vinyl artworks and exhibition light boxes.


Yacoob redeploys the visual languages

of electrical and engineering diagrams, architectural plans, cartography, alphabetical systems, and musical notation.


She researches and transfigures visual source materials, creating intricate and speculative thought forms that explore drawing systems and geometry, order

and chance, appropriation and interpretation.

By taking diagrams out of their original context, she transforms them into mysterious cyphers for the imagination, creating connections between disciplines.

Instagram: @mary_yacoob

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2005 –2007

Central Saint Martins, MA Fine Art

2000 –2004

Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan Univ, BA Hons Fine Art (1st Class)

1997 –2000

City Literary Institute, Fine Art Course

1992 –1995

Middlesex University, BA Hons Politics with English Literature 



Writers Mosaic, commissioned drawings for publication


Uncertain Ruins, Swiss Cottage Library, site specific vinyl artwork


Canalology, POST Artists commission, London, site specific artworks


Trove: Thrift Radiates Happiness at the Municipal Bank, commissioned print


Away Day POST Artists Network, site specific works


Mid Pennine Art Gallery site specific drawings


Circ Interventions, “Power of Art” Commission, the Arts Council and BBC


Day-to-Day Data, drawings for publication launched at Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham 

Solo Shows


Window vinyl installation, Surgery Gallery


Schema, Five Years Gallery


Draft, The Hospital Club


Works on Paper, Westland Place Gallery


The Infinite Combinatorium Part 0, Curated by Crowd 6, Trove


Centre for Recent Drawing


Cities, ANZAC Centre, Royal Brompton Hospital


Propositions for Cities, Seven Seven


Invisible Cities, The Courtyard Studio



North Devon Artist Residency


Mutton Fist Press printmaking residency


AA2A printmaking residency at Camberwell College of Art and Design 


Relevant Work Experience

2019 to date    

Associate Lecturer (part time) Cass School of Art, London Metropolitian University


Six art workshops for adults and children at Mutton Fist Press/Swiss Cottage Library

2019 to date            

Lectures about my art practice at Bath Univ, Leeds Univ, London Metropolitan, Winchester School of Art


Talk at solo exhibition, Five Years Gallery


2010 - present
2010 - present
Group Shows


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Circle and Light, Laurent Delay

North Devon Artist Residency Group Exhibition, Bay View Gallery, Combe Martin

Summer Breakdown, Bobinska Brownlee New River Gallery

Alignment, Gallery 46


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

North Devon Artist Residency Group Exhibition, Bobinska Brownlee New River Gallery

Can We Ever Know the Meaning of These Objects? Gallery 46


Leeds Summer Group Show 

Impartial Iteration, Saturation Point


Face to Face Art, Warsaw, Poland

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

8 Lines, Platform A Gallery

Liminality: Temporal Impressions, Gallery 46


Noel Limits, Mutton Fist Press
The Ghost Tide, Thames Side Studios
Liminality (The unknown), Gallery 46


Two Places at Once, Online exhibition with POST
Contemporary British Prints, Foss Fine Art, in association with Dark Matter Studio


Saturation Point | The five-year anniversary | Open studio, ACME Studios
Parable Displaced, POST Artists at St. Aphege Church, Whitstable


Contemporary British Drawing, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, China

Multiplied, Printmaking Art Fair at Christies with Dark Matter Studio

Generator, Kaleidscope Gallery

Five Floors, Eighteen Artists, Century

Manorism, ExFed


Beguile the Night: Beyond Drawing, Dark Matter Studio

Co-Imagine: Re-development of Peckham Rye Station Gateway, Bussey Bld/CLF Art Café V&A Tottenham Takeover, with POST artists, V&A

Canalology, POST Artist Network Arts Council funded exhibition along Tottenham’s canals 

A Bright and Guilty Place II, PayneShurvell at the Hospital Club

Crossing Lines, & Model, Leeds


Works on Paper, PayneShurvell at Collective Gallery 

Cascades: past, present and future, Studio 180

Process Matters, Stoke Newington Library Gallery

Thrift Radiates Happiness,The Municipal Bank, Birmingham, curated by Trove

Do you remember it – or weren’t you there? London Gallery West, University of Westminster


Poster Production, Portman Gallery, Morpeth School, London

Virulent Experience, Conway Hall, London

Surfaces: Works on Paper, Sput+Nik Gallery, Porto, Portugal

At Play, Ovada, Oxford

At Play 4, South Hill Park

Ten Anniversary of Bookartbookshop, Red Gallery 


Launching Pad, Galerie8

Utopian Arts Fest, Parlour Gallery

Shall/Will, Camberwell College of Art

Broken Telephone, with POST artists at Exchange Project Space

Grange Gardens Sculpture Project, Galerie 8


From the Dustheaps, Charles Dickens Museum, London

A Bright and Guilty Place, PayneShurvell,

POST Away Day, London

Preambles and Perambulations, Charles Dickens Museum, London

At Play, South Hill Park Gallery, UK

Harsh Lines and Spongy Surfaces, Island Projects at Hackney Wicked Festival, London

Quantified Aesthetics, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, USA


I can bring this to your city, Island Projects at Hackney Wicked Festival, London

This is a Stick Up, Launch Collaborative, Oxford 

2nd Sheffield Artist’s Book Prize Exhibition

Transition, Mid Pennine Arts Gallery

Three by Three Becomes Guest Projects, Yinka Shonibare Space, London

AM Bruno, Bookartbookshop, London

Sound Ways, Sight Waves, Sights and Sounds of Edmonton, London

Three by Three (4), Yinka Shonibare Space, London


Shift - Reflections in Time and Place

Wrapped and Encased in Liverpool 08, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool 2008

Little Things, The Parlour, London


MA Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London

Drawings Inspired by “Invisible Cities”, The Courtyard Studio, London

In>Visible Traces, The Old Boys Club, London

Io Sono Solo In Una Terra Straniera, Unitre Milano, Milan, Italy

DIY, Nolias Gallery, London

11.472, Bargehouse, London


q, Curator Space, London

Identikit, temporarycontemporary, London

Sound Practice 2006, Goldsmiths College of Art

Identikit, temporarycontemporary, London


Sound Café, Jedburgh Community and Arts Centre, Scotland

A-Mart: Ale and Porter Arts, Bradford on Avon

Counter Measure, Florence Arts Trust

Besucher/Visitors, Gallery VorOrt, Hamburg, Germany 


Shop, Space-twotentwo

60-Seconds, Salon, Darklight Film Festival

60-Seconds, Space-twotentwo and 291 Gallery

BA Fine Art Degree Show, London Metropolitan University

Made in 2004 Part II, Morley Gallery

Dino, Indo Bar 

2003 Animation show reel with Morley Art College students, Cargo 

2002 Art in Poplar, Mile End Art Pavilion

2002 From the Cradle to the Grave, Unit 2 Gallery, London Metropolitan University

2002 End of year show, Westminster and Kingsway College 

2001 Swains Green Haymaking Festival

2000 City Lit Fine Art show, The October Gallery

1999 City Lit Fine Art show, The City Lit




Guest Projects/Yinka Shonibare; Brunel University Art Collection; 

Artist books in Tate Archive, Chelsea College of Art and Design Special Collection, London College of Communication, and others



Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants


Arts and Humanities Research Board Award


Royal Female School of Art Foundation Bursary


Owen Rowley Award 


Ellen Clarkson Award 

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