Susan Francis MRSS, is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and writer creating object, installation, film and drawing which explores our lived experience as both analogue and digital selves.
Following graduation Susan Francis established a group studio in a disused factory warehouse in Preston Lancashire during the early 1990’s. She went on to exhibit internationally with shows in Northern Ireland, Spain, France, Poland and the USA throughout the next 10 years, undertaking residencies with The Polish International Sculpture Centre and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Nebraska.
Following a break to have four children Susan returned to exhibiting in 2008 with a period of research funded by Arts Council England and an award from The Juliet Gomperts Trust, introducing film into her practice, and has continued to exhibit nationally and internationally ever since..
Other experience involves extensive work in education, arts and health, teaching at all levels and delivering a prescription arts programme across 5 GP surgeries over a two year period throughout Wiltshire. Susan has given talks and taken part in discussion panels at a number of exhibitions and screenings including at Co-Exist gallery in Southend, Chisehale gallery in London, Artelier Circulaire in Montreal, Canada..
Other experience includes initiating, delivering and raising funding for numerous participatory art projects, often mentoring and training other artists in participatory settings. She was also commissioned to produce a training film in connection with her 2018 project, Do I Know You, for Sunderland University. Susan has instigated and undertaken commissioned curatorial projects and written for various publications including A-N, Art & Christianity, the Sluice magazine and the AHRC funded Still Point Journal symposium on Digital Selves.
After gaining a Masters Degree in Theology, Imagination and Culture with distinction at Sarum College in 2021, funded with an award from The St Michael's Trust, Susan has progressed to PhD research with Winchester School of Art which is part of the University of Southampton. Susan is also is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.