Robyn Frances - Contemporary Artist and Arts Worker

Born in 1982 on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia.

Lives and works in Darwin, NT, Australia.

 Robyn is a contemporary visual artist and cultural professional with over 19 years’ experience managing projects across the arts, social justice, health and university sectors.

 

Robyn's practice sits across across drawing, painting, installation, printmaking, and illustrated texts applying her skills in a broad range of cross-disciplinary contexts including: as an illustrator, muralist, community and cultural development worker, zine maker, curator, graphic designer and visual arts exhibitor.

Most recently in July 2020, Robyn has commenced working on The Connection Curve, a portraiture project exploring Northern Territorians experiences of COVID19 and its far reaching impacts. Robyn has also released The Real Map of Batchelor According to Me, with Woolwonga storyteller, John Scrutton. This illustrated map tells stories from John's family history and his life growing up in and around Batchelor in the NT.

Education 

2020 - 2023

University of Tasmania - Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts)

2009 - 2010

National Art School - Honours - Drawing

2007 - 2009

National Art School - Bachelor of Fine Arts - Printmaking

2000 - 2004

UNSW - Bachelor of International Studies - Community Development

Awards 

2020

2020

2019

2009

2009

Territory Arts Projects, Arts NT

National Assistance Program for the Arts Grant, Myer Foundation

History Grant, Northern Territory Government

Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition Award, Australian Galleries and National Art School

Tasha De Salis Memorial Award, Honours Scholarship, National Art School

Creative Outputs

2020

2020

2020

2019

2018

2017

The Real Map of Batchelor According to Me, Darwin NT. Author: John Scrutton [Co-Created Ilustrated Text]

NT Politika, Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin NT [Group Show]

Cultural Safety: An Overview,  The Relationship is the Project, Brow Books, Melbourne VIC  [Co-authored Chapter]

Octopus - Work In Progress, Tactile Arts, Darwin NT [Group Work In Progress Show]

Cultural Safety: Please Check Your Bags!,The Desart Art Centre Guidebook (3rd Edition), Desart, Alice Springs NT [Co-authored Chapter]

A Novella for Wonderers, Coledale, VIC. Author: Mel Willard [Group Illustrated Publication]

2016

2012

2011

2010

2010

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2008

2009

Culture as Yoghurt, Creative Explorations Edition, Axon Journal, University of Canberra, ACT [Co-authored Peer-reviewed article]

Souvenir, Watch This Space, Alice Springs NT [Group Show]

Four Lines of Thought, Australian Galleries (Glenmore Road), Sydney NSW [Group Show]

Gosford Art Prize (Finalist), Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford NSW [Group Show]

Graduate Printmaking Award (Finalist), Port Jackson Press, Melbourne VIC [Group Show]

Drawing Showcase: Degree Show (Selective), National Art School, Sydney NSW [Group Show]

Degree Show, National Art School, Sydney NSW [Group Show]

National Print Awards (Finalist), Community Printmakers Murwillumbah, Murwillumbah NSW [Group Show]

Emerge (NAS Fundraiser Art Auction for East Timor),  National Art School, Sydney NSW [Group Show]

FOLD, NAS Stairwell Gallery, Sydney NSW [Group Show]

20 x 20 (Print Exchange), Curtin University, RMIT and NAS [Group Creative Work]

20 x 20 (Print Exchange), Curtin University, RMIT and NAS [Group Creative Work]

Pact Theatre Commission, PACT Theatre, Sydney NSW [Solo Commission]

Collections

Northern Territory Library and Archives, Curtin University, RMIT and the National Art School. Private Collections in Australia, Sweden and the USA.

 © 2019 by Helen Orr

 © 2020 by robyn frances.

Darwin NT Australia

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