We are excited to announce Fran Painter-Fleming as the first DLWP x Flatland Projects Curatorial Fellow.

The joint programme with Flatland Projects at Beeching Road Studios provides a six-month programme for an emerging curator  to develop skills in curating and arts management through mentorship and practical exhibitions experience.  The fellowship offers the opportunity to craft a programme that fits with the Fellow’s interests and  supports their professional development in the best possible way.

Fran Painter-Fleming is a curator, writer and researcher based in London and was selected out of a highly competitive process of over 60 candidates.

Ben Urban, Co-director of Flatland Projects says:

‘Fran demonstrated a significant commitment to immerse herself into the vibrant artistic ecology which is emerging in Bexhill. As an arts organisation in our first 10 years of presenting contemporary art in East Sussex we cannot wait to both share our experience with Fran and learn from the exciting perspective she brings to the fellowship!’

Fran’s curatorial research delves into the entanglements of social memory, geopolitics, ecology and myth and her practice is grounded in slower methods of curating, collaborating with artists or fields of research over extended periods of time.  Shifting between exhibition making, residencies and public programming, her curatorial approach is somewhat fluid to meet the demands of each proposal.

Recent projects have included Re-Rooting: Mapping 30 Years of Cubitt at Cubitt Artists, an archival exhibition which examined the precarity of artist run spaces in the contemporary; hosting a Monica Sjöö summer reading group series at Beaconsfield Gallery which unpicked topics such as cosmology, queer activism and transnational feminism, and most recently, curating PORTALS, a workshop series at Chisenhale Studios, where different practitioners untangled the porous relationship between speculative fiction, art, and ecology.

During her fellowship, Fran is eager to extend these slower working patterns, bringing a long form commission into fruition at Flatland Projects and devising ways to  embed and engage with local audiences in Bexhill.





Posted by Luke on Monday 3 October 2022