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Ms Mary Krell

Post:Senior Lecturer in Media & Film Studies (Media and Film)
Other posts:Director of Teaching and Learning (School of Media, Film and Music)
 Senior Lecturer in Media and Film Studies (Centre for Photography and Visual Culture)
Personal homepage:My personal webpage

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678954
International:+44 1273 678954

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Mary is a digital artist whose work spans performance, interactivity and narrative. Her work has been shown on multiple continents and she regularly collaborates with artists and thinkers from around the world.

She is a Strategic Reviewer for the AHRC (a Professorial-level appointment) and she has been a panel member and peer reviewer for them. She is also an active researcher and has received numerous Teaching Excellence Awards.

Originally from the USA, Mary has been based in the UK at the University of Sussex since 2002. Prior to coming to Sussex, she was the Head of the Design Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Before entering higher education, Mary worked as a digital designer at Seattle's Saltmine Creative during the initial boom of the 1990s. While at Saltmine she worked on projects for Wizards of the Coast, Microsoft and the Pokemon franchise.

Mary has also been an associate member of Forced Entertainment as a digital author.  With them, she created a number of interactive works that were exhibited around the world at venues including the ZKM (in Karlsruhe, Germany), the ICA (in London) and The Art Institute of Chicago. Nightwalks, an interactive virtual reality piece created in collaboration with the company won the Transmediale in 2000. She also performed in the inaugural tour of The Voices.


Mary is the Director of Teaching & Learning for the school and a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Practice & Theory. She is a Strategic Reviewer for the AHRC and in that capacity takes an active role in panels and strategic discussions while maintaining her outstanding record as a member of the peer review college. Mary was also Head of Department for Media Practice (Subject Head) for nearly a decade and has convened the BA Media Practice & Theory and the MA in Digital Media. She has been an elected member to the university senate and was recently the Exams Chair for the school. 

Community and Business

Mary is the Director of a community group which received the Duke of York Community Initiative Award, the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2017, and the Epic Award for England from Voluntary Arts in 2018. She also regularly works with artists and industry around the UK and in the USA mentoring people. She was a trustee at Fabrica Gallery for nearly a decade. She has also advised large and small businesses and governmental agencies working with digital media.

Mary is committed to fostering connections betwen community groups, businesses and educators and has received awards for that work. Mary is specifically interested in community engagement in relation to participatory arts and education.