Cross Lane Projects is proud to welcome the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2017/18 exhibition. 

The exhibition is coming to Kendal as part of a new initiative to share it with audiences across the north of England. This year sculpture Frances Richardson was the worthy winner and her exhibition will come to Kendal from 13th October – 16th December 2018. 

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is coordinated by Standpoint Gallery and is one of the most significant awards for emerging artists working in the field of sculpture in the UK. Offering £8,000 towards the making of new work, it rewards outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material. Frances Richardson was selected from 232 applicants by a panel comprising British artist Alison Wilding RA, British Sculptor Denise de Cordova, MTSA trustee Rebecca Scott and MTSA winner 2016/17 Beth Collar.

Frances Richardson (born 1965, Leeds, UK) received her MA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006. Previous to this she studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich. Richardson exhibits both nationally and internationally. Richardson’s approach to sculpture draws out and exposes inherent properties in materials and the language of making. Using wood, veneer, video and copper for her new works, Richardson says “The material, and the way that you process the material, is integral to the spirit and meaning of the piece…it’s the content of the work”.

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Image: Frances Richardson, Eidolon, 2015-2018 (left of image) and Divider, 2018 (right, foreground).

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