Rose Frain

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Rose Frain
Born Sunderland, County Durham
Nationality British
Known for Painting, Sculpture, Installation art

Rose Frain is a visual artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland,[1] exhibiting nationally and internationally, whose works range from painting and sculpture to installation.[2]

Frain studied at Durham University, the Department of Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, (now Newcastle University) where she was taught by Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton; Edinburgh University and the University of Leeds.[2]

She was the Scottish Arts Council resident artist at The British School at Rome between 1999 and 2000,[2] where she created the installation Radio Vaticana, citing electromagnetic radiation from the Vatican's radio transmitters.[3] In 2007 she received a major Scottish Arts Council Visual Artists' Award.[2]

For the Edinburgh Art Festival 2009, she produced Alexandria Light -an installation informed by her residency during November 2008 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt.[1][4][5] Frain's One of a Kind Artist Book Sappho Fragments, Love songs to Adonis and the community of women, was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum Special Collections, Word and Image.[6]

In 2011 her solo installation 'What Escapes' was shown at Goldsmiths, University of London.

From July 2014 to February 2015 her solo installation 'This Time in History, What Escapes (2014- 1914)'[7]' was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.[8]

Frain has been a visual arts Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council, now Creative Scotland.[2] She has taught at Northumbria University and Sheffield Hallam University,[3] and is invited as Guest Artist nationally and internationally, for example to The School of Visual Arts New York, and The Institute of Romance Studies University of London.

Rose Frain's continuing project is This Time in History.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Mansfield, Susan (2009) "Art reviews: Nashashibi/Skaer | Rose Frain | Andrew Ranville", The Scotsman, 1 September 2009, retrieved 2010-01-25
  2. ^ a b c d e "Visual Arts advisors", Scottish Arts Council, retrieved 2010-01-25
  3. ^ a b "Vatican brought to account by artist", Times Higher Education Supplement, 12 May 2000, retrieved 2010-01-25
  4. ^ " <Arts review: Rough Cut Nation | Rose Frain | Joachim Koester | Aleksandra Mir", Scotland on Sunday, 23 August 2009, retrieved 2010-01-25
  5. ^ Darwent, Charles (2009) The Art Festival & The International Festival, Edinburgh, The Independent on Sunday, 9 August 2009, retrieved 2010-02-16
  6. ^ Reynolds, Margaret (2000) The Sappho Companion, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-312-23924-4, p. 373
  7. ^ This Time in History, What Escapes (2014-1914
  8. ^ Victoria and Albert Museum

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