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Fran Quinlan – Shifting Edges Exhibition

Shifting Edges – exploring perception and impermanance  through drawing. An exhibition of exciting new work by Purbeck based artist Fran Quinlan

“I am a visual artist, based in Dorset, whose work encompasses drawing, print, performance, sculpture, and installation. I have an intensely embodied process driven drawing practice, with a quiet ritualised character, exploring materiality and the transformative quality of paper; its visual and actual weight. Meditative drawing processes are elemental to my practice, where repetition is explored through timed drawing, combining the notions of stillness and time within the realm of perpetual motion. 

Practical research into my Irish heritage drives reflective curiosity around the reality of impermanence, fragility and shifting land, sky and seascape, delving into historical and contemporary issues of human migration and displacement. Immersing myself in the ephemeral nature of light and the sea, I am at present investigating through drawing, the shifting rhythms of shoreline edges that create borders and boundaries.  Gathering information concerning the narratives and the realities of place, I make inks out of soils and natural materials and find edges in the landscape to imprint onto paper, I find and draw my response to the act of being in a particular place at a given time and create the potential for the natural elements to contribute to the development of the drawing.”

An Alumni from Arts University Bournemouth, Fran develops and delivers participatory workshops across a range of institutions and public settings, including Arts University Bournemouth where she works as a Visiting Tutor in Foundation Studies, BA Animation and Widening Participation.

 Private View 16th March   6 – 8pm and Panel discussion 18th March with Simón Granell and Tim Edgar.



12th March 2023


runs until 19th March
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Sandy Hill Arts
Sandy Hill Lane, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5JF