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Frances Kelly

Frances Kelly is an artist based in Bristol, UK.

Her practice sits within sculpture, drawing and text. She has a repeated fascination with geographical landscapes and the stories which surround them. Examining objects through a pseudo researcher lens, re-constructing and re-purposing in order to build structures and situations. With an emphasis on sustainability, Frances uses recycled materials and a constant cannibalising old works for new.

Frances graduated from University of the West of England in 2018, with a degree in Arts and Visual Culture. She was awarded the Spike Island Graduate Fellowship in 2018. Previous exhibitions include FUN with GRAFT, Lancaster and Scratch Lab 2 with Caraboo Projects, Bristol. Frances is also a co-editor of RUNG, a grassroots arts programme aiming to support emerging artists. 


Frances Kelly



A Spot of Bother

A sculptural work developed as an inquiry into Mark Haddon’s 2006 book ‘A Spot of Bother’.

Shown at “Fun”, an exhibition by GRAFT, at Lancaster Library.



Kissing The Blarney Stone

An investigation into the imagined experience of kissing the Blarney Stone, conducted through interactive written communication, conversation and Trip Advisor reviews.

Produced during the Scratch Lab 2 Residency with Caraboo Projects, Bristol.


The Edge

Led by Creative Youth Network, in partnership with Arnolfini, RISE Youth Dance and Studio 7, The Edge is an immersive live performance that explores the heights and depths of the ‘reality’ fame machine: wealth, greed, and the need to be better than you are.



BA Hons Arts and Visual Culture, UWE, 2015 – 2018

FUN, GRAFT Lancaster, Lancaster Library, Lancaster, 2019

Scratch Lab 02, Caraboo Projects, Bristol, 2019

The Edge, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2018

Future Props, Plymouth Art Weekender, Plymouth, 2018

From A Minor to B Flat, Spike Island Studios, Bristol, 2018

MUTTER with Kit Poulson, Spike Island Studios, Bristol, 2018

Cheap Cheap, The Lombard Method, Birmingham (part of Digbeth First Friday), 2019

MONO KINO, Courtyard Theatre, London, 2018

Spike Island Graduate Fellowship, 2018

Through the Eyes of an Object: An Unconventional Gallery Trail: Grayson Perry ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’-Bristol Museum and Art Gallery commission, 2018

isthisit? Issue 03 -It Doesn’t Take Long To Find New Targets, 2017

Interdependence RUNG x ARTLICKS, SET Dalston, London, 2019

rung 02, The Latch, Bristol, 2019

rung 01, Spike Island Test Space, Bristol, 2018