Fran is an artist, independent curator and designer with expertise in the creation of accessible exhibitions and spaces. She has a BA (Hons) in Typography & Graphic Communication from Reading University and worked as a freelance designer and educator in London before moving to California in 2008. She completed her masters in Museum Studies at San Francisco State University.
In 2015 Fran curated two exhibitions with the disability community in the Bay Area. “DIS/PLAY: a disability take-over” at SOMArts in San Francisco featured work by more than 35 artists with and without disabilities, and “Patient No More” in Berkeley and San Francisco featured 40 oral histories about a historic disability civil rights sit-in and victory in 1977. Fran has taught and mentored graduate level students and created workshops for a range of underserved communities. She was a 2016/17 Equity Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, grappling with the question, ‘What does equity look like?’ and presented at ‘Disability As Spectacle’ at UCLA in April 2017. As an independent consultant she leads art workshops for low-income seniors and programs of art engagement for those with Alzheimer’s.