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Scholarly biography

Dr Mary Anne Francis is an artist and writer.  She studied English at University College London before enrolling on the ground breaking Fine Art & Critical Studies course at Central St.Martin’s, London, which among other things, involved an artist’s placement year.  She also has a MA in Culture, Communication and Society from Goldsmiths’ College, where she later completed a PhD in Fine Art.

Mary Anne is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Art. She currently teaches on the Fine Art: Critical Practice BA, and the Painting BA.  She led the MRes in Arts and Cultural Research between 2011 and 2017 and has supervised a number of MRes students and PhD students. She has taught in many other UK universities – mainly as a Visiting Lecturer, but also as a Research Fellow at Chelsea College of Art & Design (2004 – 2011).

Mary Anne’s writing has been published widely – she has over 40 publications to her name – and her art is regularly included in exhibitions in public and commercial galleries, as well as appearing in a number of publications, and public collections which include the Tate and the British Museum.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising PhDs that engage with contemporary debates about art’s authorship – when my own research has, for instance, addressed issues of social, digital, and multifarious agency in the production of art. I have supervised 4 PhDs to completion and 7 MRes theses.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Central St Martins

PhD, Goldsmiths College, London

Master, Goldsmiths College, London

Bachelor, University College London

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Research Output

Cut'n'paste: scrapbooking as method for researching artists’ scrapbooks

Francis, M. A., 6 Apr 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
  • -Painting (1); -Painting (3); -Painting (5)

    Francis, M. A., 2018

    Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition


    Starting over: teaching painting without students

    Francis, M. A., 19 Jun 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • documenta 14, Kassel 10 June–17 September 2017

    Francis, M. A., 21 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Visual art Practice. 17, 1, p. 126-128 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    • 3 Membership of professional body
    • 1 Editorial work
    • 1 Research degree

    Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

    Mary Anne Francis (Fellow)

    30 Nov 2018

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

    Susannah Haslam 'After the educational turn: alternatives to the alternative art school' RCA PhD

    Mary Anne Francis (Supervisor)

    1 Jan 2018

    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

    Journal of Visual art Practice (Journal)

    Mary Anne Francis (Editor in chief)

    1 Jan 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    National Association of Fine Art Education (NAFAE) (External organisation)

    Mary Anne Francis (Member)

    1 Jan 2017

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

    Arts and Humanities Research Council (External organisation)

    Mary Anne Francis (Member)

    1 Jan 2012

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body