Frances Drayson

born 1986 in London, lives and works in London

Frances Drayson's multifaceted practice spans drawing, sculpture, sound design, text and installation. Drayson explores possibilities of expression within rigid systemic frameworks through the use of ciphers and analogy. References to Medieval churches, animal crypsis, industrial farming and fascist architecture weave through works, evoking overlapping sites of production, commune, evasion and control. Material is worked towards distortion: sounds, faces or gestures are subjected to escalating stages of repetition, replication and modification.


Post-Graduate Degree in Fine Art, Royal Academy of Arts, UK

Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK


Solo exhibitions (selection)

Natural History, Galerie Britta Rettberg, Munich, DE

Crypsis Pairing, Art Lacuna supported by Arts Council England, London, GB

Lathe of Heaven, Lily Brooke, London, GB

Bare Mountain show with Sara Knowland at Royal Academy of Arts, London, GB

Reading at Objects In The Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear finissage at Royal Academy of Arts London, GB

Merry Widows, White Cubicle, London, GB

Iterare! Iterare!, URBANEK, London, GB

Alto Refix, GAP Glurns Art Point residency, IT

Maresklepy online in Form IV, published 2016

HYPO, Coleman Projects, London, GB

Residency at Troy Town Art Pottery, London, GB

Group exhibitions (selection)

MELTDOWN, Ridley Road Project Space, London, GB

Arcadia, Bold Tendencies, London, GB

A Land of Incomparable Beauty, Collective Ending, London, GB

MODE, 55 Great Marlborough Street, London, GB

Class of 2019 at Royal Academy of Arts, London, GB

1+1=3 [in the bubble], Museion, Italy, IT


No Place To Spit, Set Space, London, GB

The Hive Mind, Koppel Project, London, GB

Addams Outtakes, Roaming Projects, London, GB

Awards / Grants

Arts Council England 2020

Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac Travel Prize

Gilbert Bayes Grant

Salaman-Seelig Art Prize

Art Collecting Society Award

Elephant Trust Grant


Peripheral Alliances, Residency at Kunstverein Munich / Ammersee, DE

Artist in Residence GAP Glurns Art Point, Glorenza, IT

Troy Town Art Pottery, London, UK

Selected Works

Frances Drayson

Honey Ant, 2021

Frances Drayson

Plot of Land III, 2021

Frances Drayson

Sandie, 2021

Frances Drayson

Maintenance 03, 2017

Frances Drayson

If you cannot keep a rhythm how will you know when you are next fed? (for Dieter), 2019

Frances Drayson

Hard cases, 2021


Selected Exhibitions