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Frances Disley

Exploring the potential of working with performance – which expands the gesture of painting across sculptures, garments and backdrops. These elements are always inhabited by and presented in relation to the moving body – objects, surfaces and bodies become integrated and activated. Presenting performances that are in a state of flux and which open up opportunities for the audience to participate, encouraging their own embodied experience of the work. As a starting point Disley explores activities associated with the desire for self-betterment. Recent multi-sensory performance works have drawn from the vocabulary of popular activities associated with wellness such as meditation, aromatherapy and exercise classes.

RRR (Release, Re-Energise, Restore) is a hybrid workout which took the form of a series of 5 weekly classes within a sports centre in north Liverpool and also exists as a digital video and a DVD which can be loaned from the library situated within the sport centre.


Frances Disley is based in Liverpool at The Royal Standard and recently a Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist, recent exhibitions and presentations includeRecent projects and exhibitions include , “We are where we are” Baltic 39, Newcastle (2018); “Mustard Blanket”, Suttie Arts Space Grampian Hospital Arts Trust, Aberdeen (2018); “RRR”, live interactive performance/dance/workout/installation and single channel video, part of At the Library, comissioned by Sefton Libraries, and recently purchased by the Arts Council Collection, Netherton Activity Centre, Liverpool (2018); “R&R”, performative workshop series comissioned by Sefton Libraries, Bootle Library (2018); “Abacus”, Bluecoat, Liverpool (2017); “SWAP Editions Edition 1 – ADHOC”, launched at Castor Projects, London (2017); “ART VAN” event  part of Site Gallery’s public programme, Endcliffe Park, Sheffield (2017); performance “Charcoal Heather / Therma Sphere Max” St Nicholas Church (Liverpool Biennial Light Night Presentation), Liverpool & REC ROOM, Houston, Texas (2017);  Liverpool Biennial Arriva Bus comission (2016), Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists exhibition, Liverpool (2016); “HERE”, Glasgow International, Glasgow (2016); performance Roll Fix Slip, Bluecoat Performance Space, Liverpool, UK (2015); SSSS, White Wizard, Liverpool, UK (2015); Exchange Rates, a collaboration with Patte Loper, Schema Projects, New York, USA (2015). Other group shows include SCOUSE HOUSE, Syson Gallery, Nottingham, UK (2015); Art Copenhagen (with Paper Gallery), Copenhagen, Denmark (2015).