Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Show

18 May 2018 – 23 Jun 2018

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Gallery Open: Wednesday - Saturday, 12-5pm

Standpoint Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Old Street / Liverpool Street

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Frances Richardson 'Not even nothing can be free of ghosts'


Standpoint is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2017/18 winner Frances Richardson.

We are delighted to announce the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award now includes a UK touring exhibition programme, launching at Cross Lane Projects, Kendal this autumn.  This is a major development for the award and will see the winner’s exhibition reaching out to new audiences across the UK.

Frances Richardson’s exhibition has been developed over the period of a year as the 15th recipient of the major UK sculpture award. On spending time in the empty gallery, Richardson was intrigued by a thought that she could smell water. 'Not even nothing can be free of ghosts' sees the artist using wood, veneer, video and copper in response to the illusive impression a place can hold of something unseen.

Richardson’s interest in giving shape to ideas of nothingness is a continuing theme of her practice, evidenced in her drawings where fields of positive and negative pencil marks appear like thin undulating skins.  The artist describes these as “slices of time, of what I feel it is to be, everything and nothing all at once”.  

When it comes to the sculptural works Eidolon and Not all temporary objects can be avoided, the artist works directly with materials to present “a thought that encompasses both a memory of the real and a projection of the imagined”.

Initial research surprisingly confirmed Richardson’s perception of the presence of water in the gallery - a main tributary of the River Walbrook, as mapped by Stephen Myers (published in The Lost Rivers of London, revised edition 2016), runs beneath the gallery footprint.


The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is one of the most significant awards for emerging UK artists working in the field of sculpture.  Offering £8,000 towards the making of new work, it rewards outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material. Richardson was selected from 232 applicants by a panel comprising British artist Alison Wilding RA, British Sculptor Denise de Cordova, MTSA winner 2016-17 Beth Collar and MTSA trustee Rebecca Scott.

The MTSA 2018-19 winner will be announced at Richardson’s exhibition launch night on 17 May 2018.

'Not even nothing can be free of ghosts' will tour to Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, Cumbria from 12 October - 16 December 2018.

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