Curriculum Vitae
Franki Austin


2001 University of Plymouth
Master of Philosophy
1989 Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design
Postgraduate diploma in stained glass
1986 Central School of Art and Design
BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting
Phoebe Llewelyn prize for painting 1985
1980 University of Hong Kong
Diploma in art and design

Everything interesting happens in the space between one thing and another;
relationships between individuals, between societies, between times.
These spaces - literal or metaphorical - and the edges that define them are the
subject of my work.

Paintings and glass by Franki Austin can be seen at:
- Beverley Knowles Link (contact - Beverley Knowles)
- Koukan Gallery, Link (contact - Rie Nijo)
- Gallery Uno, Fine Arts Building, S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 541, Chicago, USA
- The University of Surrey, Guildford

Solo Exhibitions, Installations and Collaborative Works
2011 Koukan Gallery , London
LIGHT IS AIR , a solo exhibition of paintings and glass panels.
2008 Exhibition at Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London
"One Fine Day'
2007 Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter
NATURAL HEART, forest card made from 100% recycled paper.
2006 Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, Guildford

FOOTFALLS, a solo exhibition of paintings and glass panels installed as part of the Guildford Book Festival
- READ a Review Here ( Footfalls)

2006 Finestra Art Space, Chicago, USA
EDGES OF SPACE a solo exhibition of paintings and glass panels
curated by Barbara Goebels-Cattaneo
2004 Swiss Cottage Central Library, London
"Talking Story", an interactive glass and text work, was installed for the third and final time in the new Gallery and throughout the renovated Library buildings. Visitors were invited to contribute to the installation by adding or subtracting words, and a local audience explored the tales behind the work with storyteller Helen East and musician Rick Wilson.
2003 Canary Wharf, London and Dragon Brand Consulting Ltd, London
Wanting - meaning not only a desire but also a lack - is the theme of the "Stories of Desire" series of paintings. Displayed in the offices of a
marketing company, and on glass shelves in a window of the busy shopping mall
in London's Canary Wharf, the installations also question the position of painting.
A mass produced but individually numbered leaflet accompanied the installation at Canary Wharf.

2003 Symphony Hall, Birmingham
"Talking Story", an interactive glasswork, was installed in the windows of the Symphony Hall as part of the
Birmingham Book Festival. Visitors could add their own writings to the installation or take away poems donated
by four of Birmingham's past poet laureates.

2002 The Cochrane Theatre Gallery, Southampton Row, London WC1
"Talking Story" is an interactive glasswork for windows and walls. Theatregoers were invited to add their voices to a drama that crosses cultures or to take away one of the printed tags.

2001 Foyer Gallery, Exeter School of Art and Design
"Locating Influence: Interactivity within an art practice" M.Phil submission exhibition

2000 Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis Dorset
"Telling Tales", a collaborative work with one other artist. This exhibition was made and installed in response to our exchanged ideas on the border ballad "Tam Lin". My paintings and texts incorporated story with a response to the maritime geography of Lyme, on the borders of Dorset/Devon. Gallery visitors were invited to adapt the work with their own drawings and texts.

1999 Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Middlesex
"Tall Stories", an installation of paintings and texts combined with archival works from Dartington Hall. Interactive works made on site extended this exhibition.

1999 The Mount House Gallery, Marlborough College, Wilts.
"Travellers' Tales", an installation of paintings and writings. Members of the College took part in this exhibition and I worked in this Gallery responding to their actions.

1999 Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Middlesex
"The Numbers Project", an exhibition based on an exchange of drawings between ten visual artists and one musician. I installed my works interactively as "Bluebeard's Hotel". The Installation was made with glass, written texts, and light, and invited the audience to participate.

1997 High Cross House, Dartington Hall, Devon
"On a process of influence", an exhibition of paintings, sound and texts including works by Mark Tobey, Cecil Collins, Franki Austin. This exhibition included two interactive talks with an audience who had once known Tobey and Collins. These talks completed this work.

1995 St. Saviours' Church, Aberdeen Park, London N.5.
This residency was undertaken in order to make a group of works incorporating and documenting exchanges with this site and its inhabitants. The Florence Trust owns the final painting in this series of works

1991 Touring exhibition supported by East Midlands Arts

1989 Association 4As Gallery, Cadenet, France

1988 Zoo Studios, London

1988 Camden Arts Centre, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

ACME studios, London (1989-93)
A.I.R. Gallery, New York.
Alfred East Gallery, Northants
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Lincs, "Final Elements"
Camden Arts Centre, London, "Camden Artists 1946-86"
Chalcott Gallery, London
Collyer-Bristow Gallery, London
Contemporary Glass, Crescent Arts Gallery, Yorks.
Herts Open Biennials (touring exhibitions 1991-1995)
Prema Arts Centre, Glos. "The Face"
Royal Academy, London, Summer Exhibitions
Royal Festival Hall, London, South Bank Picture Show
Royal Free Hospital, London, CSA lecturers' work
Royal Free Hospital, London, Invited artists
South Grove Gallery, London
The Discerning Eye, London
Trace Edition at Hirschl, London

Slide/Gallery Talks on my work
2002 Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
2001 Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, India
2001 Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, Bengal, India
1999 Brunel University, London
1997 Dartington Hall, Devon

2001 Anthony Amies Memorial Exhibition and Catalogue, Northbrook College, Sussex
1999 "Tall Stories", Brunel University, London
1997 "On a process of influence", Dartington Hall, Devon

2014 WHO’S WH0 IN ART, 36th edition edited by Lynda Murray, Morvern Press
2012 THE BODY CLOTHED IN ART catalogued exhibition and auction of members work in aid of AGBI published by Chelsea Arts Club

2011 Glass at Central
2002 Royal Academy Illustrated
1999 "Art is a Tart" Drawing Fire (National Journal of Fine Art Education)
Vol.2, No.4 Summer
1999 "Practice based research" AN Magazine, April
1997 "On a process of influence" Exhibition Publication, including essays by Patrick Reyntiens, Amal Ghosh, David Jeremiah, Maggie Giraud, plus images and text by Franki Austin
1996 "Tiger Dancing" Her Mind's Eye, images and poems by women edited by Rachel Lever

Research Papers;
1999 "Process in practice" University of Exeter
1998 "Art is a Tart", collaborative paper with Katy Macleod
University of Wolverhampton
1998 "Re-presenting an object" University of Plymouth

Employment history
2001 to present - visiting lecturer in Fine Art, London and Sussex
1998-2000 University of the West of England, Bristol.
1990-95 Camden School of Art, Westfield College, London.
1989-95 Oaklands College, Hertfordshire County Council, Herts.
1986-89 Camden Arts Centre, London.

Works and commissioned glass in private collections in UK, USA, Australia and France.