Frances Richardson ‘A sculpture can do what a ruler can not’

Taking her recent exhibition ‘if I measure it must exist’ as starting point, artist Frances Richardson will discuss the relevance of thinking through process and materials in her work. Richardson will introduce her work via three works by Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and Giotto to explore how idea, image, and object inform her practice. 

Frances Richardson (b. 1965, Leeds, UK) received her MA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006. Previous to this she studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich. Following this course, Richardson received a Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship and trained as a Yoruba carver under Master Carver Segun Faleye in Nigeria. Later studies brought her to the Sculpture MA at the Royal College of Art.

Richardson exhibits both nationally and internationally. Key solo exhibitions include: If I measure it must exist, Karsten Schubert London, 2021, Not even nothing can be free from ghosts, Standpoint Gallery, London 2018, In times of brutal instability, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, London Art Fair 2018, Performed object: Fig.090616, Concrete Canvas HQ, Treforest Industrial Estate, Cardiff 2016, Loss of object and bondage to it Fig.2, Bermondsey Square Sculpture Commission, Vitrine Gallery, London 2015, Loss of object and bondage to it, Lubomirov-Easton, London 2014 and Ideas in the Making: drawing structure, Trinity Contemporary, London 2011.

In 2021 Richardson received the prestigious Bryan Robertson Trust Award. Other recent awards include the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and Chiara Williams Contemporary Art SOLO AWARD (both 2017). She was nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2015-17 in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery.

Organised by Professor Jo Applin (The Courtauld) and Dr Pia Gottschaller (The Courtauld). 

The Sculptural Processes Group is proudly supported by McQueens Flowers Ltd. 

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5 May 2022

Thursday 5th May 2022, 5.30pm - 7pm BST

Free, booking essential

Vernon Square, Lecture Theatre 1 and Online via Livestream

Please note this event will be live streamed to allow those outside London access to the event. All those who wish to access the event via this online method should book a ‘Livestream’ ticket rather than ‘Lecture Theatre’ ticket.

Booking closes 30 minutes before the event start time.


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