Not Even Nothing
Can Be Free of Ghosts

Frances Richardson
Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

13 October to 16 December 2018
Preview Friday 12 October
Open Thursday to Sunday, 12 to 6 pm


Frances Richardson, We have never been modern, 2017. Copyright the artist.

Exhibition details

Cross Lane Projects is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2017/18 winner Frances Richardson.

Frances Richardson’s exhibition has been developed over the period of a year as the 15th recipient of the major UK sculpture award.

Not even nothing can be free of ghosts sees the artist using wood, veneer, video and copper in response to the elusive impression a place can hold of something unseen.

Richardson’s interest in giving shape to ideas of nothingness is a continuing theme of her practice, evidenced in her drawings where fields of positive and negative pencil marks appear like thin undulating skins. The artist describes these as “slices of time, of what I feel it is to be, everything and nothing all at once”.

When it comes to the sculptural works included in the exhibition, Eidolon and Not all temporary objects can be avoided, the artist works directly with materials to present “a thought that encompasses both a memory of the real and a projection of the imagined”.

The MTSA is one of the most significant awards for emerging UK artists working in the field of sculpture. Offering £8,000 towards the making of new work, it rewards outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to the process, or sensitivity to material.

About the artist

Frances Richardson (born 1965 in Leeds, UK) received her MA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006. Previous to this she studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich. Richardson exhibits both nationally and internationally. Key solo exhibitions include: In times of brutal instability, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, London Art Fair 2018, In Time, Coffeeismycupoftea Space, London 2018, Performed object: Fig.090616, Concrete Canvas, Trefforest Industrial Estate, Cardiff 2016, Loss of object and bondage to it Fig.2, Bermondsey Square Sculpture Commission, Vitrine Gallery, London 2015, Loss of object and bondage to it, Lubomirov- Easton, London 2014 and Ideas in the Making: drawing structure, Trinity Contemporary, London 2011. Richardson was awarded the Chiara Williams Contemporary Art SOLO AWARD in 2017 and nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2015-17 in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery.

Not even nothing can be free of ghosts tours to Cross Lane Projects from Standpoint Gallery, London.