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Mary Anne Francis


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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.

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Research Output 2006 2018

Defending academic freedom: Arts and Humanities research as constrained writing

Francis, M. A. 19 Nov 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

-Painting (1); -Painting (3); -Painting (5)

Francis, M. A. 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Starting over: teaching painting without students

Francis, M. A. 19 Jun 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

vocational school
fine arts

documenta 14, Kassel 10 June–17 September 2017

Francis, M. A. 21 Sep 2017 17, 1, p. 126-128 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Really, what is 'Academic Freedom'?

Francis, M. A. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Activities 2012 2018

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

Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

Francis, M. A. (Fellow)
30 Nov 2018

Activity: Membership of professional body

Journal of Visual Art Practice (Journal)

Francis, M. A. (Editor in chief)
1 Jan 2017

Activity: Editorial work

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

Francis, M. A. (Member)
1 Jan 2017

Activity: Membership of professional body

Arts and Humanities Research Council (External organisation)

Francis, M. A. (Member)
1 Jan 2012

Activity: Membership of professional body