AboutFrancis Upritchard frequently invites authors to write in relation to her work - putting fiction in the place of art criticism. For A Hand of Cards, she has invited Ali Smith to create a piece of writing which will depart from both her work and that of Alfred Kubin. Smith is the author of several plays, short story collections, and celebrated novels - including The Accidental (2005) and There But for The (2011). To open this event she will read text written for Upritchard's Nottingham Contemporary exhibition. It will appear in the exhibition catalogue, designed by Upritchard's frequent collaborators à â¦bäke.