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.
Immediately 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 The Juliet Gomperts Trust, introducing film into her practice. Susan has continued to exhibit nationally and internationally with recent shows in London, Manchester and Montreal, Canada.
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 on a number of occasions including Navigating Difficult Ground at the Young Gallery, Salisbury in connection to the Cicatrix four year international touring exhibition and at screenings of her film work at Co-Exist gallery in Southend and at Chisehale gallery in London.
Susan has initiated, delivered and raised funding for numerous participatory art projects such as Do I Know You, in 2018, often mentoring and training other artists in participatory settings. She was also commissioned to produce a training film in connection with the Do I Know You project for Sunderland University. Susan has instigated and undertaken commissioned curatorial projects such as http://block-chain.chapelartsstudios.co.uk 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 a number of years as Associate member of CAS, an Arts Council funded arts organisation based in a de sanctified Chapel of Dissent, Susan is now curator and programmer for the organisation delivering exhibitions, symposiums, events and projects while also continuing to undertake and exhibit her own freelance work. She has also recently completed a Masters Degree in Theology, Imagination and Culture at Sarum College, with an award from The St Michael's Trust, connecting cross disciplinary themes of mass culture, transhumanism and identity in an increasingly digitised world. Susan is also is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
BLOCK_CHAIN symposium at Winchester School of Art 2018
Commissioned training film for Sunderland University in participatory art