Frances Pinnock

© Frances Pinnock 2024

Frances Pinnock is an artist living and working in London. Her practice is an exploration of junctures, understood both temporally and materially. She uses found objects and organic media – variously, leather, vellum, wax and hair – to create works that possess something of the uncanny in their materiality and configuration. Combining meticulous hand processing, gestural mark making and assemblage, her works layer influences from Surrealism, puppetry, dance, and garment making with elements of personal narrative.

Central to Pinnock’s work are the processes of pattern cutting and hand stitching, enabling ideas to shift between two and three-dimensions. These formulaic and often repetitive actions are contrasted by gesture and intuition – as assembled components are playfully arranged and rearranged until they rest in a final composition. Through the making of her work Pinnock experiences points of tension and rest in movement, while the works themselves engender tensions between motion and stasis, body and object.

Frances Pinnock (b. 1990, Bristol, UK) holds a BA in Modelmaking from the Arts University Bournemouth and an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art. Her works have been exhibited internationally - recent exhibitions include TEFAF Maastricht, NL (2024), ‘Cut and Fold’, Make Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK (2023), ‘Material Beings’, Cromwell Place, London, UK (2023), ‘Hung, Drawn and Quartered’, Standpoint Gallery, London, UK (2023) and FOG Design + Art, San Francisco, USA (2022).

Upcoming exhibitions

THIS COUNTRY : 13 - 18 May, 2024
Crafts Council Gallery, London, UK


2023    MA Fine Art Sculpture - Royal College of Art
2014    BA (Hons) Modelmaking - Arts University Bournemouth
2010    Foundation Art & Design - Arts University Plymouth

Selected group exhibitions

2024    Sculpted Matter - Sarah Myerscough Gallery online
2024    TEFAF Online
2024    TEFAF Maastricht, NL. Sarah Myerscough Gallery

2023    RCA Degree Show - Royal College of Art, London, UK
2023    Cut and Fold - Make Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK
2023    Material Beings - Cromwell Place, London, UK
2023    Hung, Drawn and Quartered - Standpoint Gallery, London, UK

2022    Formed with Future Heritage - Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London, UK
2022    Collect - Somerset House, London, UK. QEST
2022    FOG Design + Art - San Fransisco, USA. Sarah Myerscough Gallery

2021    Future Heritage - Decorex International, London, UK
2021    Welding Cultures - SoShiro Gallery, London, UK
2021    Artefact - Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London, UK

2019    Messums - Messums, London & Wiltshire, UK

2014    Arts University Bournemouth Degree Show - London, UK

2013    World of Wearable Art - Wellington, New Zealand


2023    Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust Award - Royal College of Art
2022    Leverhulme Arts Scholarship - Royal College of Art
2022    Leathersellers’ Academic Grant - The Leathersellers’ Company
2021    Developing Your Creative Practice - Arts Council England
2019    The Leathersellers’ Company Award - Cockpit Arts
2017    QEST Scholarship - Garfield Weston Foundation
2017    The Arts Society Scholarship - Heritage Crafts Association
2013    Design in Excellence Award Finalist - World of Wearable Art, New Zealand

Public Collections

Museum of Leathercraft, UK