Anna Francis

Associate Professor

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Anna Francis is an artist and researcher whose work aims to create space to discuss and reframe city resources, through participatory art interventions.

 

She creates situations for herself, the public and other artists to explore places differently. In recent years the interventions which Anna has worked on focus on the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and use an action research process to recognise untapped resources, plan responses to disused sites in the city, take action to change the way these sites are viewed, and potentially, make changes, which can be temporary and sometimes permanent. Through this, Anna aims to gain an understanding of the role of artists, arts organisations and communities in the development of places.

 

Anna has curated exhibitions at AirSpace Gallery and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, as well as leading on national and international curatorial and participatory projects.

 

Anna is Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University, and a Director at AirSpace Gallery, anhd The Portland Inn Project.

 

Born in Canterbury, Kent, she first moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 1997, and now lives here permanently with her partner and two children.

Professional memberships and activities

Board Member of AirSpace Gallery
P.P.f.C Lead Group member
Associate AIR artist network

Academic qualifications

PGCE (PCE) Art, Oxford Brookes University

MA Fine Art, Staffordshire University

BA hons Fine Art, Staffordshire University

Expertise

  • Social Art
  • Community development
  • Cultural development
  • Community led design
  • Arts and regeneration
  • Professional artist development

Research interests

The role of the artist in city and community development.

Interim use for disused spaces and resources in urban contexts.

Rethinking the Brownfield.

Enterprise and commercial interests

I have significant experience of both fund raising for cultural and community development programmes, as well as experience of designing and delivering place based arts programmes.

 

I have spoken at many varied national and international conferences, symposia and development sessions in the arts sector and community development sector, sharing my experience as an artist and researcher and leading on the development of co-created toolkits and resources for artists.

 

I am able to offer consultancy and advice on cultural and community development and am a member of the Local Trust Policy and Advocacy Panel.

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • Exhibiting and curating Fine Art
  • Professional Practice for artists

 

Post-Graduate:

  • Leadership in the arts
  • Place based practices
  • Social arts
  • Participatory practices

Publications

Please see my staff Profile on The Staffordshire online Repository for publications, projects and research.

 

https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/view/creators/FRANCIS=3AAnna=3A=3A.html

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020