About Mary Attwood

“Mary draws on both contemporary art history and psychology, and on ancient but half-forgotten approaches. New ways of seeing, and new insight, are the result.”


Dr Simon Wilson


Mary Attwood is an art historian, author, mentor and business creative. Mary’s work has been described as addressing the heart of images and the heart of the seer, inviting philosophical questioning and encouraging a move through and beyond current reductionist views. As well as running her monthly Art of Seeing sessions, gallery trips and courses, she is co-founder and director of Channel McGilchrist, and co-founder of the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, an organisation dedicated to reviving the spark of wisdom-enriched learning from the world’s leading thinkers.

Mary holds a BA (hons) in the History of Art, London University, where she focused her studies on Italian late medieval and renaissance art and architecture. She holds an MA with distinction where she researched renaissance art and art’s effects and meaning in general through the lenses of the historical, psychological, philosophical, consciousness, and the neuroscientific studies of Dr Iain McGilchrist’s thesis on the hemispheres of the brain. She is also a qualified meditation and yoga teacher and has previously published two books with Watkins.

She currently lives in London, UK.


“I met Mary when she ran an art appreciation class. I was entranced by her knowledge – and the way she made a subject that could be thought of as ‘dry’ by some, totally fascinating!”

D. Harding


Mary’s expertise lies in her scope of experience, practice and study in both academic Art History (which she has studied since the age of 16) with her research and practices of consciousness. She emphasises the importance of awakening to the potency of art beyond rationalising analysis, categories and styles, to include imaginative and felt responses; of bridging ancient half-forgotten approaches to art with consciousness, psychology and neuroscience; and re-visioning art from a broad inclusive perspective of metaphor and meaning, myth and imagination, intellect and history.