Frances Priest

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Frances Priest is an Edinburgh-based artist. Her current work explores cultural histories of ornament and decoration through collections of ornately drawn and coloured ceramic objects. She combines a studio-based practice with site-specific projects, residencies and commissions, exploring interwoven elements of place and community through drawing and making. 

Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999, Frances established an early reputation for bold slabbed clay sculptures examples of which can be found in public collections throughout the UK. These include The National Museum of Scotland, The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum. 

Following a period of work and travel in Japan and South East Asia, in 2008 Frances began to develop a parallel career in site-specific projects. She has undertaken commissions and residencies with organisations including Cove Park, Fife Contemporary, Yorkshire Artspace, Artlink Edinburgh, Atlas Arts, Ginkgo, Edinburgh & Lothian Health Foundation .

Her work has been recognised and supported through numerous awards and bursaries including Creative Scotland, The Inches Carr Trust and Cove Park. 

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