Approved: 16.08.2006

Francoise Dupre

Artist, Curator, Project manager, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Françoise Dupré is a self-employed artist and a part-time senior lecturer and researcher in Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, BCU.  Trained in fine art, Dupré’s cross-disciplinary practice brings together sculpture and textiles. The medium of textiles has been chosen for its plasticity and sociability, its strong connection with the feminine,

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Community arts, Public art, Curating, Gallery education, Visual arts consultancy, Fundraising, Project management, Evaluation
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Glass, Participatory, Textiles
  • Tags: social practice through textiles




    Françoise Dupré is a self-employed artist and a part-time senior lecturer and researcher in Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, BCU.  Trained in fine art, Dupré’s cross-disciplinary practice brings together sculpture and textiles. The medium of textiles has been chosen for its plasticity and sociability, its strong connection with the feminine, its cultural specificity yet transnationalism through time and space. Using looping, stitching, construction and assemblage techniques, Dupré makes sculptures and installations, with everyday objects, for art and non-art spaces including shopping mall, hospitals and libraries. Her concerns about site specificity, engagement with and response to social contexts have been instrumental in the development of her collaborative-participatory projects, working mostly with women groups, engaging with a wide range of communities and cultures in the UK and abroad. Self-initiated or commissioned, her projects have brought Dupré to work in post-conflict, faith and health contexts. Françoise Dupré’s textiles-based installations are conceived as portals for imagination through which artist, participants and public can articulate and engage with their multiple cultural and spatial experiences and celebrate becoming cosmopolitan subjects.

    CV & Education

    Born in France, based in London and permanent UK Resident


    1997-95 City University, London, MA in Museum & Gallery Management
    1990-88 Chelsea College of Art and Design, MA History and Theory of Modern Art
    1982-78 Camberwell College of Arts, Foundation Studies and BA (Hons) Fine Art


    Solo exhibitions
    2012 AOI (étrangère), La Vitrine, Paris, France
    2012 étoile, The Gallery at Idea Store Whitechapel, London. 
    2011 Spirals, Lion Brand Yarn Studio, New York, USA 
    2011 autre mers (other seas), Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University
    2009 Mille-fleurs Cejvan Cehaja Hamam, Mostar, French Institute in Bosnia and Herzegovina 
    2007 joie de faire (the making of stuff), Menier Chocolate Factory Gallery, London, UK
    2004 parterres, Charles Darwin University Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
    2004 autres mers (other seas 1), installation in 2 shopping sites: Arcade off High Street, City Centre Birmingham for Birmingham Artists Window Project and Beau Monde, boutique in Soho, London, UK 
    2004 de fil en aiguille… snáth nasc, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Kilkenny city gallery, Ireland
    2003 french knitting, The Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
    2002 les merveilles de Françoise Dupré, Can’Art galerie, Toulouse, France
    2002 tricot français Beau Monde, Soho, London, UK

    Group exhibitions
    2015-16 Migrations, touring: Kaneko  Centre, Omaha, Nebraska, USA; National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; ADspace, UNSWA&D, Sydney, Australia; Huddersfield Art Gallery, England.
    2014 Knitting Nottingham, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK
    2013 Until it breaks, ARTicle gallery, BCU, School of Art
    2012 States of Being: Constructing identities, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning
    2011 Mailles, Maison du Danemark, Paris, France
    2010 ARMA, Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, 5 year celebration, North Wall Art Centre, Oxford, UK
    2009-07 Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and touring, USA 
    2008 Sacha Craddock’s Curated Selection
    2007 Cabin Comforts, a Saviour Scraps event, Secret Project Robot Space, New York, USA 
    2006 Nana is the new black KickArts Gallery Cairns, Queensland, Australia
    2006 Blurring the Boundaries: Fashion Design Innovation in Contemporary Knitting, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    2005 (dis)comfort, Angel Row Gallery Nottingham, UK
    2005 Art in Romney Marsh, Ivy church, Romney Marsh, UK
    2005 Canvas, Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
    2005-06 Knit 2 Together Concepts in Knitting, Crafts Council England, London, touring, UK and Ireland
    2004-05 Hats & Gloves, Leicester City Gallery and touring, UK
    2004 The Garden of Earthly Delights,  Brockwell Park, London, UK 
    2003 50-50, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
    2003 Material Spaces, Tullie House Art Gallery and Museum, Carlisle, UK 
    2001 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney, Australia
    2001 emplacements, British Council Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia
    2001 Itinérance, Hopital de la Milétrie, Poitiers, France and Galerie Éphémère, Charleroi, Belgium 
    2000-2001 Méssagers de la Terre, Espace Contemporain RUR’ART Rouillé, Poitiers, France
    2001 Extra-Ordinary, Bowes Museum, County Durham and touring, UK 

    2012 fleurs (bonne mamans) and stripes and flowers Antinatal Department Royal London Hospital for Vital Arts (Barts and The London, NHS Trust)
    2008 spiral (1) and spiral (2) Paintings in Hospitals Loan Collection, UK 
    2008 spirals The Barkantine, Barts & The London NHS Trust, Isle of Dogs, London, England
    2001Vermis Albinos (3 of a kind) Extra-Ordinary exhibition Bowes Museum, County Durham, England
    1998 Young things for Me and You exhibition, Walsall Museum & Art Gallery, Walsall, England


    Research cited in

    McFadden, David Revere, 2008. Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting.  New York: ACC Editions, p.15, pp.88-91, p.143.
    Meskimmon, Marsha, 2011. Contemporary Art and the Cosmopolitan Imagination.  London: Routledge, p.98.
    Nargi, Lela, 2010. Knitting around the World.  Minneapolis: MBI Publishing, pp.27-28, pp.30-31.
    Painsonneau-Marillaud, Christine, 2012. L’Histoire des Tricotins et des outils tricoteurs.  Lille:, p124, pp 132-133.
    Scott, Jac, 2003. Textile Perspectives in Mixed-Media Sculpture. Marlborough: The Crowood Press Ltd,pp.116-17.
    Sterk, Beatrice, 2008. Knitting Art, TEXTILFORUM, 1/2008, p.26. TEXTILE FORUM English edition
    Turney, Joanne, 2009. The Culture of Knitting.  Oxford: Berg, pp.109-10
    Turney, Joanne, 2014.  Emotion, Design and Material Culture. London: Bloomsbury  

    Commissioned articles and chapters
    2014 From Brixton to Mostar, social practice through textiles.  In Cultural Threads edited by Jessica Hemmings, London: Bloomsbury
    2008 Making Stuff, Summer/Autumn Dialogue journal, Axis, 
    2005 de fil en aiguille… snáth nasc, CONTEXTS Arts and Practice in Ireland, Vol 4 issue 2/2005, The Art Work Issue, pp 60-67
    2003 The Red Banner Knitwear Factory, Arts Council of England Website Interrupt:  Artists in Socially Engaged Practice, national symposia transcript 
    2000 Little Volcanoes, Contemporary Glass Society Conference transcript 

    Published artworks, exhibition catalogues
    2011 Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. Front cover Volume 9 Issue 3
    2011 autre mers (other seas), Crafting the everyday, here and there, exhibition booklet 
    2009 OUVRAGE [uvra:ž] French Cultural Centre, Mostar, French Institute in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    2009 exotic mk Milton Keynes Gallery’s Offsite Education Programme, exhibition booklet
    2008 Project B: sebilj exhibition booklet
    2006 Axis Seasons Greetings set of postcards
    2007 Project B: avlija exhibition leaflet
    2007 joie de faire (the making of stuff) publication Article Press, distributed by Central Books 
    2005 Knit 2 Together Concepts in Knitting, Crafts Council England


    2012-2011 Brixton Calling!  198 Contemporary Arts and Education, London               
    2012-2009 St Alfege Millennium project, homage to Tijou, Greenwich Royal Parish Church of St Alfege, London, 

    2011-2003 here and there  

    • OUVRAGE [uvra:ž] (2011-2009) French Cultural Center, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina exotic mk  (2009) Milton Keynes gallery, UK
    • de fil en aiguille... snáth nasc (2003) Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

    2008-2007 Project B 

    • 2007-2008 Project B: sebilj, New Generation Arts, Birmingham, UK
    • 2007 Project B: avlija, Birmingham Architecture Week & New Generation Arts, Birmingham UK

    2007-2006 joie de faire (the making of stuff), Paintings in Hospitals

    • Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award 
    • Artist residency, John Radcliffe Hospital, Feto-Maternal Medicine Department, Oxford 
    • Solo exhibition at Menier Chocolate Factory Gallery, London.  

    2005 and 2011 projects with London-based Somali Women’s Group Back to Basics. 

    • Farshaxanaka Dumarka (women artists) Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University commission
    • Fujaan Crafts Council England commission for International touring exhibition Knit 2 Together (2005-2006) 

    2003-1997 emplacements 

    • 2003 Manchester Week, St Petersburg a series of events for the City 300th anniversary, Russia 
    • 2002 The Red Banner Knitwear Factory, transnational situational events St Petersburg, Russia
    • 2000 New Holland, transnational situational events St Petersburg, Russia  
    • 1999 relocation, a weekend event Museum House, Bethnal Green, London, UK 
    • 1999 disEMplacements, group exhibition Woodlands Art Gallery, London, UK