Fine Art and Illustration

Dr. Fran Norton

Senior Lecturer – MA Fine Art / Senior Lecturer – MA Illustration

PhD, MA (Fine Art), BA (Hons) Design: AV & Photography


Dr Fran Norton is an artist and lecturer of Fine Art, Illustration and Drawing. At AUB she oversees the written elements of MA Fine Art/Illustration and supports course leaders Simón Granell and Lisa Richardson. Fran’s practice-based research embraces an extraordinarily expansive view of what drawing is and can be. Her PhD was entitled ‘The Home I Carry With Me: Utilising drawing practice to map the changing spatial concepts of home in the context of unprecedented human migration’. Through collecting, documenting and re-presenting everyday dialogue such as that archived on mobile phones, she attempts to articulate the socio-political spaces, concepts and interrelations shaping today’s living experiences. Fran has extensive knowledge of the key debates, discourses and philosophies underpinning Art and Design pedagogy. She uses her expert knowledge of the conceptual, digital, spatial, feminist, temporal and museological, to aid students in addressing the boundaries and connectivities of their disciplines, as they explore new possibilities within broader academic and cultural contexts. Fran also has wide-ranging technical expertise and uses photography, text, installation, film, archiving, stitch, burning, sound, printing, technology, objects, casting and multiple embodied processes, to draw. Having worked in creative industries since the 1980s, her roles as teacher and practitioner are underpinned by professional experience in animation, film, photography and music. Recent dissemination includes: Drawing Strength (Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia); Tydningen, (Academic Journal, Södertörn, Sweden); Narrating Home in the Visual Arts through and East West Divide (Conference, Stockholm, Sweden); Recipe Book (Publication, UK); and Drawing on Dorset Book (Publication, UK).

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