NORFOLK Museums Service
Norwich Castle

Frances Kearney – Running Wild

Colman Project Space

Saturday 5 October 2013 – Sunday 1 June 2014

Beautiful yet disquieting, exhibited is a new series of work by acclaimed British artist Frances Kearney made especially for Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Displayed within the context of the Norwich School paintings these large-scale photographic tableaux respond to the idea of ‘landscape’ with an eye on our present day relationship with the ‘great outdoors.’ Carefully choreographed Kearney demonstrates her fascination with human behaviour, the way we interact with nature and its effects on the human psyche.

Kearney has researched what she terms the ‘decreasing connection of our society’, in particular this disconnection as it relates to young people and the outdoors and a collapse of children’s engagement with nature. She sets this within the context of the British landscape tradition and our more usual engagement with landscape as romantic subject matter in art. By photographing what she calls ‘Edgelands’ (a term borrowed from Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts) in grey weather conditions, and setting within these young girls performing sometimes ambiguous activities, Kearney questions our contemporary relationship to landscape – both as environment and subject in art.

About this artist:

Frances Kearney (born 1970) is a UK artist whose work employs the photographic medium and often takes the form of large - scale colour tableaux at the scale of 4ft x 5ft. She references painting, literature, film, art history, contemporary culture as well as her life. Since graduating with a Masters in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London in 1998 Kearney has exhibited widely. Her works are held in public collections at The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Media Museum Bradford, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, The Saatchi Collection as well as various private collections in the UK and abroad.

For more information see

The accompanying catalogue Frances Kearney - Running Wild is now available in Norwich Castle Shop for £14.99. Recently published, the catalogue is illustrated with beautiful reproductions of the entire series and includes contributions from Adam Philips, Martin Barnes and Amanda Geitner.

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The watercolour gallery is amazing, the colours are so fresh. For someone living in Manchester I did not realise what an extensive collection of pictures you have.

Leaflets & files to print

Download PDFs Frances Kearney - New Work