MANDY FRANCIS BIO


Mandy has a Fine Art Degree, majoring in sculpture, from the National Art School, Sydney. Mandy has also undertaken research at the University of Newcastle, completing a Masters and a Doctor of Philosophy, specialising in public sculpture and installation art. Over 18 years, Mandy's artistic practice as a sculptor and installation artist, has led her to art residencies in Japan and Australia, including remote communities in the central desert, Northern Territory and Artspace, Sydney. Mandy is a five time exhibitor at Bondi's Sculpture By The Sea, and has exhibited and curated her own solo exhibitions at Tin Sheds, Sydney, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and The Lock-up Cultural Centre, Newcastle. Mandy has presented her work and papers at conferences in Australia and most recently Paris, France. For the last two years, with a refocus on painting and drawing, Mandy has been working towards building a career as a painter, her true love.


Site, artistic experimentation and social/environmental justice have always been a driving force behind Mandy's work. To date, Mandy has employed shadows, perspective, performance, humour, story telling, historical research to her artistic process. Mandy has also completed in-depth theoretical research thesis titled 'Thoughts on Shadows' 2007, a thesis titled ' Material Poetry' 2016, and published a paper titled 'The Social Artist' 2017.


Mandy's paintings drawings and sketches have been inspired by her longstanding interest in, site, shadows, perspective and play. Mandys still life's play with colour and perspective to capture the everyday surroundings in her studio/lounge/ kitchen. Plant cuttings in glass bottles, collected hand made ceramics, her dog, the sun that beams through onto the kitchen table, the pots and pans left over from the night before and the outdoor table where she has her coffee each morning. In a way Mandy is doing a creative full circle, by referencing Matisse, David Hockney and Grace Crossington Smith, the painters that inspired her to become an artist in the first place.

Mandy Is the proud mum of two adult children Archy and Lilla and lives with her dog Milly and Partner of 25 yrs Milos in the village of Ettalong Beach NSW.

MANDY FRANCIS CV


b. 1975


EDUCATION
2016 PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, School of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle
2007 Master of Fine Art, University of Newcastle
2000 Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School, Sydney

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Material Poetry, Watt Space, Newcastle
2011 Life forms, Sheffer Gallery, Darlington, Sydney
2010 City Life, Open Studio, Artspace ,Sydney
2008 My Little World, John Paynter Gallery, The Lock Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle
2006 Right of Passage, The Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
2001 Shadows, Tin Sheds, University of Sydney, Sydney

COLLABORATIVE WORK
2013-14 The Rolling Film Project, Supported by two Gosford City Council Cultural Grants. The Rolling film project combines bike
riding, film and art.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND RESIDENCIES
2017-18 Folklore, Central Coast Council, Central Coast.
2016 Beyond Walls, Artist In Residence, Arts Warehouse, Regional Youth Support Services, Gosford. 2014 Artist in Residence, Stepping Stones, Wyong Shire Council and The Entrance Gallery
2014 Artist in Residence, Barkley Regional Art Centre, Tenant Creek Primary School and Mungkata Community, Northern Territory
2013 Reminisce, large steel sculpture for Sculpture by The Sea, Bondi
2013 Group exhibition Art of Sound, The National film and Sound Archive in collaboration with Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth.
2011 Residency at Cockatoo Island For Underbelly Arts Project The C-art, Mobile Graffiti Centre (a collaborative work with Milos and Momcilo Obradovic)
2010 Residency and Group exhibition at Australia House, Urada Japan. August-September
2010 Three month residency at Artspace, Sydney. April to July
2009-10 Residency and Group exhibition, Faces of Gosford, Artist Residency Project, Gosford Regional Gallery
2008 Residency at The Lock up, Cultural Centre, Newcastle

PUBLIC SCULPTURE
2013 Reminisce, Sculpture By The Sea Bondi, 8m x 4.5mx 2.4m steel sculpture
2012 Assistant to British artist Tim Knowles for Wind Grid and Wind Walk at National Art School Gallery and Art and About, Sydney City Council
2008 Short listed for the Public Sculpture at the Martyr Hospital, Newcastle
2006 Sculptural installation Turpentine Flower, Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi
2005 Sculptural Installation Sea Urchin, Sculpture By the Sea, Bondi
2005 Untitled, Large paper sculpture that floated on the Hunter River for the Festival of Lights, Newcastle Australia
2002 Invited artist for the Walcha street furniture project, The Long Blow
2001 Shadows, Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi

AWARDS
2010 Awarded the Dr Brian and Rohma Cummings art award for excellence as a Fine Art Student
2008 Awarded The University of Newcastle, Postgraduate Research Scholarship.
2006 Awarded the Clitheroe Foundation Mentorship Program Grant
2005 Won Australian Un-represented artist Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi, Sea Urchin

COLLECTIONS
Mandy's work is in the collections of Janet Holmes a Court, Ann Lewis AO, Peter Fay, and numerous private collections


Exhibition August 2019