‘Gravity 2020: Museum’ – Becky Shaw and Frances Scott in discussion
We look forward to a new season of Gravity lectures convened in partnership with Museums Sheffield. Through Gravity, we offer an innovation platform that aims to build a learning community seeking new forms of understanding of art practice through speculative conversations that are often propositional and co-created between students and speakers. Each presentation will begin with a discussion of an object from the museum collections in relation to art practice. In preparation for the lectures, you may wish to reflect on artefacts held in Sheffield’s museum archives. What is the significance of these collections in relation to the city’s history? What is preserved and why? What do these artefacts tell us about art and culture?
The third lecture in the series takes place on Thursday 13 February 2020.
Frances Scott works with moving image, presented through screenings, installations, events and publications. Her work often considers material that exists around the periphery of the cinematic production and its apparatus, proposing a film composed of its metonymic fragments. She graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art  and Wimbledon College of Art . Frances was recipient of the Stuart Croft Foundation Moving Image Award , and associate artist at the Moving Image Research Centre [MIRC], University of East London [2018-2019]. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: ‘Projections’, 57th New York Film Festival, New York ; The Institute of Making, University College London ; ‘Edge of Frame’, London International Animation Festival, Close Up Film Centre ; Nunnery Gallery, London ; Het Bos Antwerp, Belgium ; The Bower, London ; and Tate St Ives . Since 2012 her practice has included CATALOG a collaborative project with Joyce Cronin. Frances is currently working on research towards her first long-form film, ‘Wendy’, commissioned by TACO! [Thamesmead Arts and Culture Office), London.
Becky Shaw uses live processes, photography and objects to examine the relationship between the individual and the social, focusing on contexts of care, industry, infrastructure and education. Becky’s work has been commissioned by organisations including New Art Gallery, Walsall, AIR at Central St Martins, The Culture Consortium London, The Sainsbury Centre Norwich, Grizedale Arts Cumbria, ICIA University of Bath, Sculpture Space USA, and Amstelveen Art Incentive Prize. Works have been made with sites including Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Lafarge Tarmac Kings Cross, Sarah Wigglesworth Architecture and Preston High Street. She is currently a co-researcher on an Arts and Humanities Research Council project ‘Odd: Feeling Different in the World of Education’ that explores the inter-relation between children and the school environment. Becky’s PhD (1998) explored the value of making sculpture for palliative care patients, at Liverpool Marie Curie Centre. Between 2000-2006, Becky co-directed Static, Liverpool, an architecture and art organization. Becky is Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and leads the Art and Design Research Centre doctoral programme.
Image credits: Becky Shaw, Untitled (2019); Frances Scott, PHX [X is for Xylonite] (2019), film still.