Frances has recently become a member of MTF.
Frances’ interests and pursuits as an artist emerged as a result of a career in education and local government during which she gathered observations concerning the human condition, politics and the environment. Whilst working to find a balance between meeting the priorities of local communities, delivering effective services and budget cuts, she began to use photography and other Art forms as ways of conveying the difficult issues.
Frances travels extensively for work and leisure. Her art work reflects these international dimensions. She uses a range of media forms including painting, printing and, most recently, textiles. The barriers to well-being and effectiveness in the real world are portrayed through: differing colour palettes; unusual media combinations; the third dimensional aspects of projection and video work; and any other approach that the topic in question inspires.
In September 2016 she completed an MA in Art and Design at Birmingham City University where her focus was on the Galapagos Islands and the dilemmas which surround them. These include tourism, maintaining and protecting wildlife, the indigenous population, and local and mainland Ecuadorian politics. All these dimensions can disturb and have interrupted the delicate balance of this magnificent eco-system. Presenting these clashes and contradictions in artistic form was a huge challenge to which Frances responded through a range of innovative and experimental methods.
University of Birmingham M.B.A. Public Service (with Distinction)
University of Birmingham B.A. Hons. French
TEACHING and MANAGEMENT QUALIFICATIONS
CELTA Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English language to Adults
Higher, Further and Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate
ART QUALIFICATION and ACHIEVEMENTS
Birmingham City University Master of Arts Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices
Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest prize winner
Frances has exhibited at:
Lally gallery, Ilkeston
Artrix gallery, Redditch
The GAP Arts project, Unit 316, Jubilee centre, Pershore Street, Birmingham B5 6ND
R.B.S.A. (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists), 4 Brook St, Birmingham B3 1SA
Park View gallery, King’s Heath, 70 Vicarage Rd, Birmingham B14 7QL
The Coach House Gallery, Winterbourne House, University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2RT
Available for: talks and commissions – in particular ones which respond to a humanitarian, political or environmental issue.