ONE SPACE LEFT on this one day workshop on how to make a Leporello book (accordion / concertina book) at Kew Art Studio on 5 November 2017 10am-4pm. £75 per person including all materials.

To book the last place email franceskiernan@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Frances has recently been commissioned to work with British poet Jenny Lewis and Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh as part of a major, Arts Council-funded project - Writing Mesopotamia - designed to share cultures and build bridges between English and Arabic-speaking communities. The text and print-based work will be included in an exhibition by leading Arab and English artists at the Iraqi Cultural Cafe in spring 2017 and later in the year, in Oxford.

 

 

 

Our exhibition opens at the Barbican Library on Friday 30 September, inspired by ancient trees and Neolithic structures, rocky Cornish coasts, eroded limestone seashores, delicate threads of intricate textures from nature, and gritty industrial remains.

On show are original relief and intaglio prints, drawings, paintings and artists' books. Sketchbooks and drawings will show how artists' ideas change and develop in the process
of making an artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 10 March evening and Friday 11 March 10am-4pm
I've got a table at the DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival at Strawberry Hill House. As well as my own work (some patterned notebooks and a small selection of fine art prints) I will be showing the progress - and talking about - the Sample Book of Techniques I am making for Strawberry Hill House.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've taken a stall at Strawberry Hill House's first Art and Craft Fair on Saturday 14th NOVEMBER. I'll be sellling cards, sketch books and prints...

Come and join in the fun .... here are a few things that you'll find on my table ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am exhibiting at the Bankside Gallery from 18 November until 29th November 2015 as part of the Printmakers Council's 50th Anniversary exihibition.

It's also fifty years ago that I first went to art school -  Ealing School of Art 1965!

 

18 November - 29 November 2015
Printmakers Council:50TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
Bankside Gallery
48 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH

 

Great to be back at the Stables Gallery with the Richmond Printmakers. There will be one or two members at the gallery during weekends ready to answer any questions you may have.

3 September - 29 November 2015
Good Impressions: The Art of the Printmaker
Richmond Printmakers
Stables Gallery
Riverside
Twickenham TW1 3DY

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5-pm.

 

 

 

 

I'll be teaching at Kew Gardens again this year on the 'MAKE AND CREATE YOU OWN SKETCHBOOK' course.

A few places still available - to book please email adulted@kew.org  or call 0208 332 5626

www.kew.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th - 24th May 2015
11.30am-5.30pm

Richmond Printmakers at the Fountain
The Fountain Gallery
26 Bridge Road
Hampton Court
Surrey KT8 9HA

Meet the artists: Sunday 17th May  Please join us for a drink from noon until 3pm.


 

 

I've been selected to show 3 pieces of my work at Printmakers Council 50:50 exhibition.
The national representative of original printmaking in the UK hosts a selected showcase celebrating their 50th Anniversary. 

16 May - 27 June 2015

50:50
Celebrating Fifty Years of Printmakers Council at the ...

New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard
Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
01252 713208



 

 

 

 

Thank you to all the lovely people who visited my table at the Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair. It was a pleasure to meet you all. I hope to be back next year.

Have a very happy Christmas to you all.


 

29th - 30th November 2014

Just in case you don't know what to do with yourselves this weekend (!) come along to the Chelsea Physic Garden. I'm on Stand 31.

Set against the backdrop of the Garden, before the marquee entrance, there will be a chestnut seller creating wonderful Christmassy smells.Come along to this lovely garden tucked away beside the Thames and enjoy a day of Christmas shopping and delicious festive treats in the Tangerine Dream Café.
http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Take a peek at what's on my table... 

 

Three of my books will be shown at

ARTIST'S BOOKS
The Riverside Gallery
Old Town Hall
Whittaker Avenue
Richmond TW9 1TP

opens 29 November 2014 until 14 February 2015

Monday 10am to 6pm
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 1.30pm  
Sunday CLOSED   

 

 

   KEW GARDENS JULY 2014  

    I had a lovely time last week teaching on the course 'Making and creating a   
    sketchbook' at Kew Gardens. Here are some images of the wonderful books the 12
    students made (their first book ever!). They then spent three days with talented botanical
    artist Lucy Smith learning techniques and filling their sketchbooks with wonderful
    studies and drawings. A really great week for students and tutors!

 

 

KEW GARDENS     FULL

Make and create your own sketchbook

21 July 2014 to 25 July 2014, 10.30am to 5pm

On this new five-day course you will learn how to make your own
sketchbook before filling it with sketches drawn in the grounds
and glasshouses of Kew Gardens.

 


 

This five-day course is suitable for beginners or more experienced artists. You will learn
how to make your own beautiful sketchbook from scratch before filling it with sketches,
field notes and colour studies of plants using the collections in the Gardens and glasshouses
for inspiration.

The first two days will be spent with Frances Kiernan making your sketchbook using a variety of paper finishes and bindings. Then days three to five will be spent learning how to fill it creatively using pencil and colour wash with botanical artist Lucy Smith. When you leave you'll take with you a treasured, and very personal, memento of your artistic week at Kew!

Tutors: Frances Kiernan and Lucy Smith

 

Price: £250 (£220 concessions, Friends of Kew)
Deposit payable on enrolment: £50
Maximum capacity 12 places 

Booking essential as places are limited.

For further information click here 


 

 

 

 

 

Workshops at my kitchen table coming soon ... 

MAKING BOOK structures

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRAWBERRY HILL HOUSE, Twickenham

Come along to this fun-filled workshop and print
your very own Christmas wrapping paper.

All Wrapped Up for Christmas (Kids)

8 December 2013, 11am - 1pm
I'lll be showing children how to design a printing block so they can print their unique paper and matching gift tags - just in time for Christmas. They'll be plenty of patterns to look at for inspiration and plenty of fun while we're printing! To find out more about the session or to book a place please click here and then go to DECEMBER events. 5 years plus. (Under 8's must be accompanied by an adult)


All Wrapped Up for Christmas (Adults)

8 December 2013, 2pm - 4pm
In this two hour session you will design your pattern, make a printing block and print your unique paper and matching tags. They'll be plenty of patterned papers and ideas to look at to inspire you and if you already have your idea sketched out then bring it along. To book a place please click here and then go to DECEMBER events. 16 years +

 


 

 

Kew Gardens community arts project
Frances completed a successful two-day workshop where participants
each made an album-style book. Day one was spent monoprinting and marbling
for the cover and inside cover of the books. Day two the books were made.
Images from the workshop will be on site soon.

 

A Multi-lingual Evening of Poetry, Art & Music : ARIA
Sudeep Sen with co-contributors Jenny Lewis Frances Kiernan plus George Szirtes, Jane Draycott, William Radice, Sangeeta Datta, Mukulika Banerjee, Shirin Razavian, Natasha Dabeski Leona MedlinSudeep Sen presented works from the UK version of Aria at the Nehru Centre, London on Wednesday 29th June 2011.

Discover the Enchanted Palace
'Kensington Palace is being transformed. As the walls of the palace
are being shaken by a £12 million renovation project the rubble
and the dust is unleashing powerful and secret stories about the
lives of Kensington's princesses'.


Frances was commissioned to make books in response
to Princess Caroline's life. Her books
were installed from October 2010 - May 2011
in the
Cabinet of Curiosities

http://www.hrp.org.uk/NewsAndMedia/kpresources/~NewsAndMedia/kpresources/SpectacularNewExhibitsUnveiledAtEnchantedPalacePressRelease.aspx

Images of her books can be seen under the Book Art menu or please click here for a pdf of the books.


Travel Treasures
Frances worked with local communities to produce handmade books
for this Community Art project inspired by the Marianne North Gallery
in Kew Gardens. Their work was exhibited at
The Stables Gallery,
Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ 
Tel: 020 8831 6000
3 December 2010 - 9 January 2011
 

Earlier this year: EXHIBTIONS and PROJECTS

Printmakers Anniversary Exhibition
Stables Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham
20 January - 20 March 2011

Surface - Collaborative project with the artist Annie Woodford, 2010-2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Artist residency

 

Frances is continuing to develop work from her residency with UK poet Jenny Lewis at the Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India where they worked with the distinguished poet Sudeep Sen.

 

To read more about the residency click here

Jacaranda tree in the gardens at Sanskriti  photography © frances kiernan