Approved: 10.10.2008

Susan Francis

Artist, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 10.10.2008
  • Location: Salisbury, South West
  • Activities: Arts in health, Studio practice
 
 

Biography

I make films, objects, installations. I use these tools to pick away at our vulnerability, the cracks beneath the wall paper, the unspoken phrases, the unmentioned incidents that threaten to resurface. Installations appear as a fractured aftermath, objects mutated and altered by our interactions, sharing the stage in silent witness. In film, the camera exposes momentary narratives, uncomfortable histories and fragile exchanges. Past and present fold and unfold, identity shifts in an on and offline world.

CV & Education

Group exhibitions

2014 - Recursive, No Format Gallery, London

2014 -  ‘Nocturne’ FAB, Bath

2013 -Drawing Open, Salisbury Arts Centre

2013 - FAB Open, Fringe Arts, Bath 

2012 -Xmas Bogoff WW Gallery, London 

2012 - Modern Madonnas, St Georges Arts, Esher 

2012 - Surface II, St Pancreas Crypt, London

2012 - ZAP Open 2012, Zeitgeist Arts, London

2011 - Dark, Coexist Galleries, Southend

2011 - The Title Art Prize, Blank Collective, Manchester

2011 - Wunderland, tactileBOSCH, Cardiff

2010 - Crash Open, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London

2010 - Invasion of Privacy, Notfamousyet, Oxford

2010 - The House of Fairy Tales, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

2009 - Visual for Arts & Business, London, London 2008 - Bristol Contemporary Open, Paintworks, Bristol

2008 - Walking the Wire, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

 

Solo/Three person Shows

2014 - Cicatrix - scar of a healed wound, The Young Gallery, Salisbury,  Wiltshire

2014 - Cicatrix - scar of a healed wound, Trowbridge Atrium, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

2012 Alcehmy, Urmson Burnett Gallery, Salisbury

2008 Walking the Wire, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wilts

 

Residencies

2013-2014 AA2A residency at Solent University, Southampton

2012 - Reside, Reside Residency, Online

 

Commissions/Awards

2014 - Cicatrix - scar of a healed wound, R & D to produce film for WW1 centenary commissioned by Pru Maltby with Arts Council England award

2013 Re:view Bursary, a-n

2008 - Words For Art, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury Competitions, prizes and awards

2008 - Gift Award, Juliet Gomperts Trust, London 

2008 - R&D Grant, Arts Council England, UK

 

Film Screenings/Talks

2014 'Experimental Ground' Please Stand By, Chisenhale Art Place, London

2011 'I want a Leotard' Microgallery, Fire Station Arts centre, Windsor

2011 'The Last shall be First (Polly, Wolly, Doodle) video installation at Salisbury Cathedral

2010 Last Friday Shorts - 'Night Vision', TAP Gallery, Southend   

 

Prior to 2008                                                                                                     

Please note that prior to 2008, I spent ten years raising a young family of four children. Before this period I exhibited in six solo shows, (including The Arts Council Gallery, Belfast in 1993 and the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art in Nebraska USA in 1994) and numerous group shows both nationally and internationally. I undertook a number of residencies abroad including Poland, France, Spain and three months with The Bemis Centre in Nebraska, USA. I have work in private and public collections from this period and received a number of awards and grants for my work.