Mary is renowned for her paintings of the city at night, her love of the city and the creative community is demonstrated in her projects which have enriched Aberdeen and shifted it's perception locally and globally as a creative city. She has worked on many transformational projects with Aberdeen inspired on including curating Painted Doors Aberdeen and on the production of Nuart Aberdeen. Breaking new ground in the city, Painted Doors Aberdeen put local artists on the city's street and doorways from all disciplines and backgrounds. Artists had a chance to meet the public and develop their practise outwith the studio.
Since 2014 Mary has advised and supported a number of major art projects for charity whilst contributing to many projects as an artist herself. She believes in the immense power of art to raise awareness, funds and unite communities. Individually she has raised over 70K from my own artwork for various charities, and co-ordinated and advised on projects now totalling over a million pounds raised. In 2019 she started Elev8arts C.I.C, a Community Interest Company to continue the important work of bringing art to the people whilst connecting business, community and charity to artists. She often open the doors on Ke’ku:n - her personal studio space in Rosemount with her partner Jon Reid (Mood of Collapse blog) to engage with other artists and the community.
The Butterworth Gallery have been keen supporters of the restoration of The Tivoli Theatre. Howard has exhibited twice in this fabulous city centre venue. In 2013 'Recollection' brought together some of his most iconic and popular images alongside paintings and curiosities from his own collection which had never before been seen. The work spanned over 50 years and covers his early career, his travels through Europe, his journeys to the West Coast of Scotland, the mountains, rivers and glens of his beloved Royal Deeside and Aberdeen itself. 'Recollection' was a unique opportunity to take a trip through the years and moments, gaining a personal insight into Howard's life and career as an artist. The cost of entry to this magnificent exhibition went towards the costs of restoration. In 2017, a further exhibition entitled 'Scotland Collected' was enjoyed by many people from all over the world.