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PAPER #14: Frances Disley – Exploring PAPER

unnamed14 June – 26 July 2014

11.00 – 17.00 every Saturday


PAPER, Manchester are pleased to announce that Liverpool based artist, Frances Disley has been selected for Exploring PAPER, a self-initiated 6-week residency based within PAPER. PAPER will hand-over the gallery space to Frances, asking her to explore and interpret ‘Paper’ and ‘Place’ in its widest context. Frances will use PAPER as a studio, creating new work in the space over a 6-week period. Every Saturday during the residency period, Frances will open the studio to the public and allow them to see how her ideas are progressing and learn more about her work. She also wants to create multiple works of art that can be given away to visitors to PAPER.

Frances is currently exploring the notion of presenting artworks in a state of flux, unresolved and tipping into the next stage of transformation. She would like to expose at what point an artwork becomes an actual piece of art and the mechanisms an artist employs to make this process possible. Frances intends to explore the idea of paper’s association with planning and thought. She will explore the potential of paper throughout her residency, pushing and pulling it from sketches, notes, maquettes, and substrates for prints, whilst also using it to mimic other processes and equipment. Frances enjoys the idiosyncratic notion of the artist’s studio as a machine that ultimately produces components for an artwork with the artist as foreman.

Frances is primarily a printmaker, though her practice pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved through these processes. Starting with a simple form, she will explore this through photography, sculpture, drawing, as well as printmaking.

Frances completed her printmaking masters at the Royal College of Art in 2004. She is based at the Royal Standard and lecturers at Liverpool Hope University. She is also manager of the Bluecoat print studios in Liverpool.

In January 2015 Frances will present a new body of work developed from her residency in PAPER. This exhibition will be the culmination of her Exploration into PAPER.

PAPER, Unit 12 Mirabel Studios, 14-20 Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ

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