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rances lord

2000 – present: freelance arts consultant.
Prior to 2000: Director of the Hampshire Sculpture Trust 2000 – 2002; Commissioning Officer & Crafts Officer at South East Arts 1994 – 2000; and Business Development Officer & Assistant Manager, V&A Crafts Shop at the Crafts Council 1984 – 1994.

MA in Art History, Birkbeck College, London University, 1994 – 1996
BA Arts, Open University, 1986 – 1992.


Consultant, Central Chelmsford Campus, Chelmsford, 2014 – 2015
Lead artist Christopher Tipping appointed for Phase 1 to design paving, seating and glass

Consultant, Premier Marinas, West Sussex, 2014 – 15
Chris Elsey & Alyosha Moeran stone sculpture for Chichester Marina

Lore of the Land photographic lightboxes commission by Heinrich & Palmer for Chelmsford Magistrates Court in Essex, 2012
Client: Her Majesty's Court Service (HMCS)

Norwood Junction Underpass Public Art Project, Commissions Advisor, 2010
Client: Croydon Borough Council

Fernbank Centre, Crowborough, E Sussex – Metal panels commission by James Price, 2010
Client: Wealden District Council

Combe Down Stone Mines Public Art Project, 2008 – 2010
Two years of activity, events, residencies and commissions, including a book of poetry, a play, a musical composition, photography, a ceramic exhibition and installation, gifting of 691 unique ceramic plates to village residents, stone carving, two films, a celebratory event and a series of publications. £270K public art budget. Consultancy with Steve Geliot. Client: Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

Public Art Advisor, Crawley Borough Council, 2000 – 2010
Major projects include Bewbush Healthy Living Centre 2010, Langley Green Neighbourhood Regeneration Scheme 2009, K2 Leisure Centre, 2006,'Art on the Roundabouts' scheme

Public Art Advisor, West Sussex County Council, 2004 – 2009
Major projects include Crawley Art and Architecture Programme: new art commissions at PFI Thomas Bennett Community and Ifield Community Colleges, Crawley, 2007; Arts and Regeneration programme: Littlehampton and Bognor Regis, 2005-6; Public Art and Artists Commissions in West Sussex publication 2008, and Design Standards: Art within the Public Realm publication, 2007

Public Art Consultant, East Sussex Arts Partnership, 2003 – 2006
Major projects include Art in Public Places: public art initiatives and artists' commissions in East Sussex, and Art in Public Places: advice and commissioning guidelines, 2006

Art in the Public Realm Framework, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, 2015

Public Art Policy + Strategy, Chichester District Council, 2009

Worthing and Adur Public Art Policy + Strategy, 2009 (with Steve Geliot)

A Public Art Strategy for Woking, 2007

Camber Sands Arts Strategy, 2006. Client: East Sussex County Council Landscape Group

Craft Apprenticeships Research Project, partnership with Making Space, Havant, 2014

'Elizabethan mansion to Edwardian horticultural splendor', a Cultural Strategy for Borde Hill Garden, East Sussex, 2013 – 2014 www.bordehill.co.uk

Phoenix Brighton Exhibition Partners and Collaborators Report, 2013. Client: Phoenix Brighton

Making It - a 3 day celebration of craft and creativity, Winchester, October 2012 (Event Organiser). Client: Making Space + University of Winchester

Spode China Hall: Contemporary Art Programme and Business and Operational Plan, for, Stoke-on-Trent, 2012 (with Kate Stoddart). Client: Stoke City Council

Spiralling Skywards – contemporary sculpture exhibition, National Trust property Nymans, Sussex (Commissioning Consultant), 2011

Four Shores: art works for the Isle of Sheppey, 2005

Heart of Reeds, a project to create a reedbed designed by Chris Drury; Lewes, E Sussex. 2005. www.heartofreeds.org.uk

Environmental Arts Programme, Wildfowl and Wetland Centre, Arundel, 2004

Chalk Stones on the South Downs and Moonlit Path in Petworth Park Project Manager: two new commissions by Andy Goldsworthy in W Sussex, 2002

Lister Surgicentre Arts Strategy, Stevenage, 2010
Client: Clinicenta

Woodhurst Diagnostics Centre (DTC), Arts Strategy, 2010. Client: Sussex Health Care

3Ts Arts Strategy, Associate for arts and health consultancy Willis Newson, 2010
Client: Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust (BSUH)

Leading the Way, phase 1, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Associate/Project Manager for Willis Newson

Garden of Reason, Ham House and Garden, Richmond Upon Thames
Client: National Trust, 2012

British Ceramics Biennial 2009
Client: Stoke City Council

Up the road and round the corner,
Client: ONE TO ONE Art and Architecture Network and Hastings Borough Council, 2007

through the surface – celebrating cultural exchange and collaboration between Britain and Japan.
Client: University of Creative Arts, Surrey, 2005.

Mentor – FF1 and FF2, Designer Maker West Midlands (DMWM) – mentoring programme for mid-career makers, 2009 –2011. www.designermakerwm.co.uk

'Larger Scale Working: Potentials and Pitfalls' and 'Commissioning Artists for Public Spaces', Belfast, 2012
Client: Craft NI. www.craftni.org

'Art in Rose Hill Open Forum: Art in Public Spaces', Oxford, 2012
Client: Modern Art, Oxford

'Arts and Architecture seminar and workshop', Winchester, 2011 Client: Hampshire County Council, Winchester

'From Small to Big', Birmingham, 2010. Client: Designer Maker West Midlands (DMWM)

'Negotiating Public Art Commissions', seminars for visual artists. Client: eta, 2003 – 2006

Making it Happen seminar chair (series of three), University of Portsmouth, Museum of Reading and The Anvil, Basingstoke.

a -n magazine, applied arts contributor, 2007 – 2010
Artists' profiles 2, June 2008

Catalogue essays and publications
Transformation and Change – Don’t look back, I told you so! Chien-Wei Chang exhibition; 2011, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery www.theshapeofthings.org.uk

Touch: a site specific installation
by Lyndall Phelps at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, 2010

Clare Wardman + Iain Richardson new work, 2010

Overview: new work by glass and textile artist Susan Kinley (catalogue essay), 2009

Prickings new work by Catherine Bertola (catalogue introduction), 2006

Jewellery is Life, Mah Rana, 2003.

Combe Down: the saving of a village, published by Combe Down Stone Mines Project, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9563829-3-4

Up in the Air, Mur Island, Electric Wharf and Young Viccase studies for Public Art On Line www.publicartonline.org.uk/case/index.html and follow links to individual projects

Editor, Maker biographies + Study Collection, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.

Salon – A sense of Place: Creative Responses to The Estuary, Metal, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, 2012

Heart of Reeds: a case study, 'Public Art? What for? Who for?' conference, School of Art & Design, University of Ulster, 2007

Art in the Public Realm and Curating the Crafts lectures, Royal College of Art, London, 2005

Jewellery is Life, new work by Mah Rana, 'Locate and Classify: New approaches to curating the crafts' conference, Newcastle University, Sept 2003

Have you ever dreamt that your teeth have fallen out? (paper), Consuming Crafts Conference, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, May 2002.

South East rep for CraftNet, an independent network that promotes leadership and strategic development for contemporary craft

Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England (public art + craft + design), 2010 – present

Jury member and advisor for Art, Cities & Landscape programme, Amiens, 2013 + 2014

Commissions Advisor for Axis www.axisweb.org (2005 – 2008)

Executive Committee Member of Public Art Forum (now Ixia), 1999 – 2002.

'Elizabethan mansion to Edwardian horticultural splendor', Arts Council Award to research and write a Cultural Strategy for Borde Hill Garden, (with Belinda Holden), 2013

Spark Plug Craft Curators award (with Cynthia Cousens) for Making Dialogues, 2009

Arts Council England Research grant to visit Documenta12 and Munster Sculpture Project, and public art projects in the UK, 2007

Visiting International Scholar, Meiji University, Tokyo; public art lectures and research, 2008

Arts Council England research grant to visit Snow Show, Kemi and Rovaniemi, Finland, 2004

Contemporary Crafts Curators Research Visit to Japan, March/April 2003.

Prickings, new work by Catherine Bertola, Fabrica, 2006 and touring

Jewellery is Life, new jewellery by Mah Rana, Fabrica, Brighton, 2002

After Caro, Thebes Gallery, Lewes.

'Relationship Dynamics Coaching Course', Certificate of Accreditation, 2014

'Public Art, Cultural Well-Being + the NPPF', 'Beyond Angels, Elephants, Good Intentions and Red-Nose Rebellion - what is the future for art in the public realm', 'Public Art and the Planning Process', 'Public Art Evaluation',
Ixia, 2007 – 2012

'Legal and Business Frameworks for Public Art', Public Art South West, 2006.