Photo: Francoise Dupre in London

Francoise Dupre

Artist, Curator, Project manager, Researcher

Françoise Dupré is a self-employed artist and a part-time senior lecturer in Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art - BCU where she contributes to The Centre for Fine Art Research.  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.

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
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Glass, Participatory, Textiles
Tags social practice through textiles

News & Events

  • Dora Project Commemorative Public Event

    Goldsmiths, University of London, St James Hatcham, Room G01, from 12.30pm

    The event commemorates the 71st anniversary of the most devastating V2 rocket attack on London. On 25 November 1944 at 12.26pm a missile destroyed Woolworths and the Co-op on New Cross Road.

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  • Migrations

    27/10/2015 – 31/10/2015
    ADspace at UNSW A&D Sydney, Australia

    The exhibition explores textiles as carriers of multiple cultural influences put forth in the accompanying publication Cultural Threads (Bloomsbury: 2015).

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  • Françoise Dupré Open Studio

    26/06/2015 – 28/06/2015
    90 Haymerle Road SE15 6SB

    Studio 216, Haymerle SPACE Studios Friday 26 June: 6-9pm Saturday 27 June: 2-6pm Sunday 28 June: 2-6pm (by appointment only) Haymerle Road Open Studios

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  • Dora Project

    31/03/2015 – 31/05/2016
    London based

    To be launched in 2015, a cross-generational archiving, participatory and community project that combines art, the history of World War Two and early rocket engineering. With Rebecca Snow

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  • Cultural Threads symposium

    Central Saints Martins, London, 10am-4.30pm

    Cultural Threads, Transnational Textiles Today is edited by Jessica Hemmings Françoise Dupré is one of a group of speakers.

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