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Interdisciplinary artist, curator and producer, working with museums, organisations and institutions including: Royal Museums Greenwich | National Maritime Museum | Thames Festival Trust | William Morris Gallery | London's Roman Amphitheatre | St. Paul's Cathedral | Museum of London | Thames Discovery Project. 

Marie-Louise Plum, b.1981

Making sense of time, place and space.

As an artist, curator, producer and mudlark, I look to history to understand the present, and, predict the future.

My artistic practice is so enmeshed with my work as a river-scavenging mudlark that it is impossible to treat them as separate entities.


I'm an all-rounder; I paint, print, collage and draw, I write, make videos and collect. Using both traditional and contemporary methods, I enjoy blurring boundaries between the two, to create provocative works representative of the human condition, social history and sense of place.


Through my works I invite audiences to engage with a world they might be familiar with, but are yet to re-identify. Most importantly, I am asking the viewer to see, think, and consider - what looks different this time around?


I am particularly interested in signs, symbols and subconscious narratives. My works usually incorporate found items, such as artefacts, digital images and field recordings.


Most of my projects run into long term, conceptual bodies of work, taking an initial idea from its inception across various disciplines, to find resolution in an organic way.

My work defines itself through process.

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You may have seen or heard me at:  BBC Radio 4 | St. Paul's Cathedral | Wellcome Collection  | The National Maritime Museum | Royal College of Art | William Morris Gallery | Edinburgh and Stockholm Fringe Festivals...

Selected Exhibitions


History in Your Hands (as Old Father Thames)

Curated by the Thames Museum for Totally Thames '22

National Maritime Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral, Watermen's Hall, Roman Amphitheatre.


History in Your Hands (as Old Father Thames)

Curated by the Thames Museum

St. Paul's Cathedral and Cutlers' Hall London, UK


#VirtualVisions / William Blake Festival


Foragers of the Foreshore (as Old Father Thames)

Group exhibition, curated by Florence Evans

OXO Barge House London, UK



Moore Plum - Paintings, Music & Things

Stash Gallery London, UK


Imitation Solero

Group exhibition, curated by Broken Grey Wires

The Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK



Silver Linings

Group exhibition, curated by The Unseen Emporium/Victoria Tischler

The Koppel Project, London, UK


One Bare Foot Square

Group exhibition, curated by Uncooked Culture

Van Den Geest Hermitage Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands


What Goes On In the Mind (as Mental Spaghetti)

Mental Spaghetti/AIMS group exhibition

Town Hall Gallery & Museum Oxford, UK


The Mind Machine (as Mental Spaghetti)

Group exhibition

Menier Gallery London, UK

2012 - 14

Once Upon Again (as Pack of Wolves Collective)

New Folk Visionaries (as Pack of Wolves Collective)

Group exhibitions

Winns Gallery London Milkwood Gallery Cardiff, UK




Postcards Festival

Jacksons Lane Theatre, London, UK



Space Made Live

Group exhibition curated by Small Media Large for West End Festival

The ArtHouse Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Selected Performances


Suburban English Magick 

Durational live painting, poetry and audio installation

CCCA, Coventry



Roving Diagnostic Unit (as Mental Spaghetti)

Performance tour with Bobby Baker and Daily Life Ltd

Wellcome Collection, Shuffle Festival and William Morris Gallery, London, UK



The Lights Are On

Durational live painting, poetry and audio installation

Fox Court, London, UK



Running With Wolves (as Pack of Wolves Collective)

Masked performance tour Pack of Wolves

Stockholm Fringe Festival




Masked performances, site specific installations, UK tour

The Old Police Station, Deptford, London

Forest Fringe, Edinburgh

The Arthouse, Glasgow

Selected Teaching & Public Engagement


Greenwich in 50 Objects

Mudlarking and social history seminar

National Maritime Museum London, UK



Freedom to Express

Series of workshops aimed at SEND children

Free Space Project London, UK




Guest lecturer, Visual Comms PHD group

Royal College of Art London, UK


Guest lecturer, Creative Arts & Mental Health

Queen Mary University London, UK


Diagnostic Portraiture

Drawing workshop for Daily Life Ltd

Vestry House Museum London, UK


Mental Fight Club

Panel guest, ReThink Psychiatry

The Dragon Café London, UK


39 Hoe Street

Drawing workshops for

The Big Draw London, UK



Mental Health in the Media

Guest Lecturer, Faculty of Media and Communication

Bournemouth University



Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

Illustration workshop

Glasgow, UK

Curation and Production


Scratch The Surface: Dialogue (as Mental Spaghetti)

Arts Festival Curated by Collective//Pod, co-curating/producing London elements of this Coventry-based arts festival.

Herbert Gallery, CCCA, Fargo Village Coventry, UK

Inside Out : Outside In

Exhibition of work from Medium Secure Unit residents

The Dragon Café London, UK

Published Work

The Caterpillar Magazine with John Hegley Issue 7 Winter 2014

Thrill Murray Colouring Book for Belly Kids

Forest Fringe Newspaper for Forest Fringe

Big Team Scribble Colouring Book for The Scribble Project


Painting of the Month | Chris Tosic/ Harry Pye, Le Document


Interview with Marie-Louise Plum | Juliana Vannucchi, Obras De Arte


'Creating Happy': About Mental Spaghetti | Laura Barton, The Guardian


The Mind Machine, exhibition Review | Judith McNicol, Raw Vision


The Mind Machine, exhibition Review | Colin Hambrook, DAO

AIMS and Mental Spaghetti | Deborah Caulfield, DAO


What Goes On In the Mind, exhibition Preview | Oxford Mail


What Goes On In the Mind, exhibition Review | The Oxford Times

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