Frances Guy is a curator who has worked in some of the UK’s most prestigious modern and contemporary art galleries and is currently researching contemporary art in heritage sites at Northumbria University.
From 1998, Frances was Head of Curatorial Services at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, where she led a programme of contemporary art installations in the stairwell of the 18th century townhouse as well as artist-in-residencies making work in response to the collection.
In 2009 she joined the senior management team at The Hepworth Wakefield to launch this major new gallery celebrating the work of Yorkshire-born sculptor Barbara Hepworth. She was responsible for the collection and exhibition programme, including exhibitions of Hepworth and her contemporaries as well as leading contemporary artists. Frances left The Hepworth in 2015 to curate ‘Arp: The Poetry of Forms’, opening at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands, in May 2017, and later in the year at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. In 2016 she was awarded an AHRC-funded PhD studentship with The Heritage Consortium at Northumbria, ‘Examining the impact of commissioned contemporary art in post-industrial heritage sites’.