Frances Richardson: ‘A sculpture can do what a ruler can not’

The Courtauld Lecture

Thursday 5 May, 5.30–7pm

Free, booking essential 

The Courtauld Institute of Art 

Vernon Square, Lecture Theatre 1, London 

And streaming online 


Taking her recent exhibition If I measure it must exist as starting point, artist Frances Richardson will discuss the relevance of thinking through process and materials in her work. Richardson will introduce her work via three works by Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and Giotto to explore how idea, image, and object inform her practice. 


Richardson exhibits both nationally and internationally. Key solo exhibitions include: If I measure it must exist, Karsten Schubert London, 2021, Not even nothing can be free from ghosts, Standpoint Gallery, London 2018, In times of brutal instability, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, London Art Fair 2018, Performed object: Fig.090616, Concrete Canvas HQ, Treforest 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.

In 2021 Richardson received the prestigious Bryan Robertson Trust Award. Other recent awards include the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and Chiara Williams Contemporary Art SOLO AWARD (both 2017). She was nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2015-17 in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery.


The Lecture is organised by Professor Jo Applin (The Courtauld) and Dr Pia Gottschaller (The Courtauld). 

April 22, 2022