Frances Richardson was born in Leeds and studied at Jacob Kramer Leeds College of Art, Norwich School of Art and the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2006 with MA in Fine Art Sculpture and presented with the Conran Award for overall best graduate exhibition.
Frances Richardson’s sculptural practice is an inquiry into the relationship between embodied cognition of architecture / objects and human agency. Recent exhibitions of sculpture and installed works include; Still now is then Forever, Hanover Project, UCLAN, Preston, Sex Shop, Transition Gallery, London, The Opinion Makers, Enclave Gallery, London, Loss of object and bondage to it, Lubomirov-Easton, London, Ideas in the Making: drawing structure, Trinity Contemporary, London, On Becoming A Gallery, Angus Hughes, London, Playing Against Reason, The Corn Exchange Gallery, Edinburgh, Present, H P Garcia Gallery, NY.
Her drawings have been selected for Works on Paper by Sculptors, Royal Academy of Arts, Jerwood Drawing Prize, ARTfutures, and the Drawing Room Biennial Fundraiser Exhibition and exhibited nationally and internationally; Modern Times: responding to chaos De La Warr Pavilion, Unknown Fields: Recent British Drawing, Young Gallery, Salisbury, Another Dammed Drawing Show, Frances Richardson Daniel Weinberg Gallery, LA, LONDON/BERLIN, fruehsorge contemporary drawings, Berlin, Pencil and Paper, Poppy Sebire, London, In Between the Lines, Trinity Contemporary, London, The Postcard is a Public Work of Art, X Marks the Bökship, London.
Publications in which her works feature include The Art of Drawing: British Masters and Methods since 1660 by Susan Owens, V&A, 2013, Vitamin D: New Perspectives on Contemporary Drawing, Phaidon NY 2005.
“The Making of a Gentleman” is Richardson’s first exhibited video. Made spontaneously in the studio by the artist, she was curious to observe the act of making and limited herself to clay as material and hands as tools.