Marian Bruce trained as a dancer under Dame Marie Rambert and performed with her company in the 1960s.

Her visual art studies began in the 1970s, completing a Master’s Degree in Printmaking at Wimbledon College of Art where she was tutored by Prunella Clough and Ian Tyson. Exhibitions include:
London: Camden Arts Centre; Institute of Contemporary Art; Victoria and Albert Museum; Royal Festival Hall; Queen Elizabeth Hall; Battersea Arts Centre; Auden Gallery; Flaxman Gallery; Bankside Gallery; Adam Gallery; Royal College of Art; England and Co.
National: Arnolfini, Bristol; Roche Court Salisbury; Merlin Theatre stage Frome; The Parlour contemporary art Frome; Frome Festival Somerset; Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton.

From 2009 to 2014 Marian owned The Parlour contemporary art, showing Mutalib Man, Alex Relph, Eleanor Bartlett, Fiona Hingston, Samuel Lee and Tristan Stevens amongst others.

Contemporary dance designs include:
ROOSTER for Grande Theatre de Geneve, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert, Houston Ballet, Het National Ballet, Amsterdam, Deutch Oper am Rheim, Ballet Krefeld/Munchen Gladbach, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Kiel, Ballet Gyor, Boston Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Washington Ballet, Prague National Ballet, Aalto Ballet Essen, Tulsa Ballet.
For Rambert: Steel Garden, Grinning in your Face, Hurricane, Quicksilver, Meeting Point, Crossing, Hush, Stream.
For Houston Ballet: Grinning in your Face, Nature Dances, Hush.
For Mark Bruce Company: Old Demons, Moonlight Drive, Angel, Black Bird/Red Rose, Dive, Bad History, Sea of Bones, Love and War.
For Ballet Mainz and Prague National Ballet: Dance at the Crossroads.
For Ballet Kiel and Scottish Ballet: Ten Poems.
For the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House: Three Songs, Two Voices.