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Fran Norton's practice-based research embraces an extraordinarily expansive view of what Drawing is and can be. Her PhD was entitled ‘The Home I Carry With Me: Utilising drawing practice to map the changing spatial concepts of home in the context of unprecedented human migration’.
Through collecting, documenting and re-presenting everyday dialogue such as that archived on mobile phones, she attempts to articulate the socio-political spaces, concepts and interrelations shaping today’s living experiences.
Norton has extensive knowledge of the key debates, discourses and philosophies underpinning Fine Art and its pedagogy, with specific depth in contemporary Drawing. She uses her expert knowledge of the conceptual, digital, spatial, feminist, temporal and museological, to aid this specialism in addressing its disciplinary boundaries and connectivities, as it continues to evolve and explore its own possibilities within broader academic and cultural contexts.
Norton also has wide-ranging technical expertise relevant to Drawing. She uses photography, text, installation, film, archiving, stitch, burning, sound, printing, technology, objects, casting and multiple embodied processes, to draw.
Having worked in creative industries since the 1980s, her roles as teacher and practitioner are underpinned by professional experience in animation, film, photography and music.
Recent dissemination includes: Drawing Strength (Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia); Tydningen, (Academic Journal, Södertörn, Sweden); Narrating Home in the Visual Arts through and East West Divide (Conference, Stockholm, Sweden); Recipe Book (Publication, UK); and Drawing on Dorset Book (Publication, UK).