Tutor, MA Fine Art (Online)

Mary Anne is an artist and writer with a long history of teaching Fine Art and related subjects at a number of UK universities.  Until recently, a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton, and leading the MRes in Arts and Cultural Research there for six years, Mary Anne has also been a Research Fellow at Chelsea College, University of the Arts London between 2004 and 2011.  This experience, alongside ongoing work as a visiting and part-time lecturer elsewhere, informs Mary Anne’s work on the online MA Fine Art at Falmouth, which also draws upon an ongoing exhibition practice which has recently ranged from online gallery-representation (Print Editions) to participation in collaborative-community-based projects to a solo show at Handel Street Projects' gallery in London.  Likewise, Mary Anne’s teaching draws upon writing for many publication venues: magazines such as 'Art Monthly', journal articles – see e.g. work for the 'Journal of Writing in Creative Practice' – and more recently, book-form - see 'Mixed Forms of Visual Culture: From the Cabinet of Curiosities to Digital Diversity' (Bloomsbury 2021 and 2023).

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Dr Mary Anne Francis

Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2000 PhD Fine Art Goldsmiths College, University of London
1993 BA (Hons) Fine Art & Critical Studies Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design, The London Institute
1992 MA Culture, Communication and Society Goldsmiths College, University of London
1987 BA (Hons) English University College London, University of London

Membership of external committees

Currently: on the editorial board for 'Journal of Visual Art Practice'

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

  • The politics of cultural form with a focus on visual culture – in its widest sense
  • Debates about and practices of artist's writing and word-image interfaces
  • Theories and practices of (art's) authorship with particular attention to non-humanist modes of production e.g. collaborative, aleatory, formalist, machinic.

Research Students

Current research students

Currently supervising at the University of Wales Trinity St David

Previous student supervision

Completions at Chelsea College of Art & Design University of the Arts London, Royal College of Art, and University of Brighton.

Research degrees examined

A number at UK universities including University of Oxford.

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

  • HEA / Advance HE - Fellow
  • Until 2020 - on the steering committee for the National Association of Fine Art Education