Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice, Staffordshire University

Anna Francis is an artist and researcher whose practice aims to rethink city resources, through participatory art interventions.
She creates situations for herself, the public and other artists to explore places differently: often experimenting with leading and instruction by creating manuals, instructions, kits or leading guided tours.

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 a response to site, take action to change the way the site is viewed, and potentially, make changes, which can be temporary and sometimes permanent.

Anna's practice critiques the processes of culture led regeneration, questioning the role of the artist in the development of places.
Anna is a director at AirSpace gallery, Stoke-on-Trent's artist led arts organisation offering support to artists and an innovative programme of contemporary gallery based and public realm arts projects.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice, Staffordshire University

Education

  • 2002 
    Staffordshire University, MA Fine Art