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Janine Francois

Co-Course Leader, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation
Central Saint Martins
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Janine  Francois


I am a Cultural Producer who works across live events, performances and exhibitions. I have an interest in co-producing artistic and cultural work with marginalised and excluded artists with intersectional identities. ‘Community’ and ‘care’ are central to my practice and I reflect on questions like, what does it mean to be in community with others, what does it mean to care for others, and how does this shape our artistic and cultural practices within collectives and larger institutions?

I have held curatorial residencies at LCC Studios, Guest Projects Africa (an initiative by Yinka Shonibare, MBE) and 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning. I have also curated or programmed work at Hackney Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, V&A, INIVA, Lyric Hammersmith, The Bussey Building and Rich Mix.

I am a Collaborative Partnership Doctoral student research exploring if Tate can be a safe(r) space to discuss race and cultural differences within a teaching and learning context. My PhD informs my educative/ curatorial self-titled practice called, ‘critical practice as play’ that uses experimental and playful approaches to initiate dialogues, responses and works around challenging and sensitive histories. These ideas also inform my performative teaching style, which spans performance arts, poetry, embodied learning and creative/ critical positionings.


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