Creating a Scene: Collaboration in Art and Theatre
25 January - 24 April 2014
Preview: Fri 24 Jan, 6pm-8pm

The National Centre for Craft & Design,
Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, NG34 7TW

Exhibiting artists include Edward Allington, Franko B, Ivor Beddoes, Giuseppe Belli, James Casebere, Julian Crouch, Richard Deacon, Thomas Demand, Hein Hecktroth, Christopher Hobbs, Howard Hodgkin, Derek Jarman, Philip Lee, Davy and Kristin Mcguire, Bruce McLean, Louise Ann Wilson, Edwin Zwakman. Curators: Jeremy Webster, Naomi Law

Art is about illusion, about taking people on a journey to places, situations and emotions they may not have the access or the imagination to visit. This exhibition looks at set design and considers the artistic design process and the underpinning collaboration between artistic disciplines necessary for success, in short the art of Creating a Scene.

The exhibition views set design in its broadest sense, aiming to capture something of the variety of disciplines in which set design is employed. Creating a Scene includes work by leading international artists and designers working in theatre, opera, dance, film, photography, the visual arts, performance art, and work by emerging new talent. Throughout the exhibition you can see examples of the design process including sketches, working models, finished designs and theatre sets. 


Hopkinson Gallery, in collaboration with The Creative Quarter company and Nottingham City Council, is proud to present a unique show 'Mercury & Electric Shocks', as part of the 'Seen This?' project, two new exhibitions which the Nottingham public can look forward to over the next three months.

Featuring neon-based works by Franko B. Stefan Bruggeman, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Sarah Lucas, Kerry Ryan and Gavin Turk.

'Mercury & Electric Shocks' is an exclusive collection of remarkable neon artworks by acclaimed artists, to be shown at Hopkinson Gallery. What makes this exhibition extraordinary is that these works have been in private collections and have never before seen together by the public outside London. 

Curated by Andy Collishaw (Independent) and Izzy Watts (who manages Hopkinson Gallery), this exhibition features the cream of British and international contemporary artists, who are bringing their work to Nottingham which opened for the city's Light Night event on Friday 28 February.

See the BBC East Midlands feature of this show here.


Extracts from the performances of BECAUSE OF LOVE at Laban Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and Toynbee Studios. Video by Nathaniel Walters.
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<<The Mayor's Parlour>> presents... Freeze'13
The Mayor’s Parlour

Selected artists show their work for this year’s exhibition during Frieze week in the East End of London.

Joseph Kosuth Mark Croxford Declan McMullan Peter Aston Jones Mat Collishaw Mike Andreae DNA Factory Kerry Ryan Nicholas Jones Floyd Varey Dan Coombs Pete Lamb Tracey Emin John Tiney Gavin Turk Tamsin Casswell Katrina Blannin Julien Brown John Close Covadonga Valdes Chris Daniels Giorgio Soddotti Gillian Westgate Paul Hosking Franko B Jessica Wilson Roland Fairburn Stefan Brüggemann Dan Coombs Polly Morgan Hester Finch Damien Good Lucie O’Mara Daniel Crews-Cubb

 Exhibition runs from 18th October to 1st November 2013

at The Mayor’s Parlour 1st Floor Bow House 153–159 Bow Road London E3 2SE 

 Opening Night Party Friday 18th October 6pm - late



Franko B
Thomas Qualmann

Curated by Tiziana d'Acchille

20th October - 30th November 2013

Private view 20th October, 16.00-20.00

Galleria Porta Latina
Via Latina 15A - 00179 Roma
06 77073098 - 349 5789425


Because of Love Volume 1, Warwick Arts Centre, 6th October 2013
Laura Burns, This is Tomorrow >>>

A departure from his body-based work, Franko B's Because of Love delves from the political down to the personal, exploring memory and interrogating its narrative processes. As such, its own methods of recall become the subject of the performance itself.

 Video catapults the performance into archival memory with iconic images of war, political unrest, injustice and commodity culture, drawing the intersection of collective trauma, history's meta-narratives and the individual. Franko's body superimposes itself on the projected images as he runs along the stage-length screen. His actions are anonymous and depersonalized, unnervingly repetitious against the background of mass trauma. This is a piece about scale and distance. A small figure against a huge backdrop and the collective experience of hierarchies, power, dominance and aggression. The duality of this dynamic of oppressor and oppressed will be systematically broken down by the layering of Franko's gestures, movements, symbols, signs and eventually spoken narrative. Like lines criss-crossing between two points in time, a present and a past, these actions break the linearity and continuity of any promise of a coherent self.

Moving to a blackboard, Franko draws signs and words, gesturing to himself, the audience, the sign, but these gestures and symbols are disruptive rather than coherent. Franko's piercing yet silent engagement with the audience is both darkly humorous and tragically poignant. The combination of the writing and the silent communicating is elusive; we are being asked to order something, to piece it together, and yet it is intangible, just out of reach, another question of distance from the subject. Layers of gesture and action reflect the layering of meaning, as we are both piecing together an individual's narrative as well as observing a piece about the nature of communication itself. Just as the actions of the past are incomprehensible to a childlike figure trying to distinguish between wrong and right, justice and injustice, so the signs and actions throughout the piece fail to add up; this discrepancy is so prolonged and still it is almost dreamlike. But these black holes in communication are what the piece systematically works through, by ritual repetition that eventually unravels a thread of movement and a freedom of sorts.

 Franko constructs a world in which the individual's voice is silenced. The words 'See Say Something' seemingly directed to the audience highlight this silence, as we are unaware of what it is exactly we have seen, thus rendered voiceless like the performer himself. The implications are isolating, and Franko's performing self is acutely isolated within the framework of the stage, the distance (although penetrable) between audience and performer. Franko is both charismatically present, and also inaccessible, like the memories that are ever so slowly teased out of obscurity. The piece teeters on the edge of irony and humour, creating an uncanniness - particularly in the childish voice-overs - that avoids the realms of self-indulgence or sentimentality, thereby giving the performance a precision that is dynamic in its stillness. With the unravelling of dialogue comes the movement we have been longing, and the repetition is worked through until the regimented world of the performance is punctuated. The piece de resistance – a waltz with a polar bear – is the reward for this journey down into memory. The childlike interaction is both liberating and compellingly vulnerable; the combination of music and visuals paints a illusory world of the imagination, and we know that ultimately the freedom exists there and there only. A piece of clarity and subtlety that continues unravelling in the mind long after its physical enactment.

AT NIGHT WE CRY featuring Franko B

AT NIGHT WE CRY - Featuring Franko B, will support UK Decay at O2 Academy Islington, 16th November 2013 (doors open 6pm).
Get your tickets here!

Corps en Ouvre

Corps en Oeuvre - exhibition at Coullaud & Koulinsky, Paris.

Preview on September 12, 2013 with a performance by Miet Warlop at 8 pm
Exhibition from September 12 to November 2, 2013

Franko B, Steven Cohen, Daniel Larrieu, Miet Warlop, Daniel Linehan, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Fiorenza Menini, Jan Fabre, Gina Pane.

UK Decay Collaboration

killerNe Hope For The Dead

Franko b collaborated with UK Decay on the artwork for their new album, New Hope for the Dead, and their single, Killer / Heavy Metal Jews.

Read more about it here:
Franko b man-handles New Hope For The Dead!


CORPO E CRUDELTA was a workshop curated by Franko B in association with Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata, Italy.

3rd & 4th June 2013

Ron Athey, Francesca Alfano Miglietti (FAM), Rossella Ghezzi, Yann Marussich, Francesca Romana Nasce, Fabrizio Sibona, Adrien Sina, Ivana Spinelli, Giovanni Termini, Yesenia Trobbiani, Sarah Wilson.

BECAUSE OF LOVE Volume 1 - Review

Because of Love Volume 1 - Norwich Arts Centre - 18th May 2013

Franko B’s Because of Love is the closest encounter I have had with Joseph Conrad’s Colonel Kurtz to date. Like a seemingly disciplined inmate, the performer paces up and down along the celluloid wall of his recollection cell, readying himself for a confrontation to come rather than sparring with images of televised conflicts, military parades or 1960s adverts that numbingly rub our eyes. Franko B makes scant effort to blend with the projected images; he just goes on with his little exercise routine as the political and religious leaders of a not-too-distant world parade one after the other on the screen: protesters are endlessly being chased by the police, or little boys dutifully re-enact the Vietnam War with toy guns and cannons. [more >]

More reviews of Because of Love here >

Because of Love bag

Because of Love cotton bag, designed by Franko B 

Screen printed on high quality cotton, the bags have been produced to accompany the Because of Love tour.

£15 + VAT = £18


UNTOUCHABLE - 8th June 2013, 3 pm - 12.30 am - The Flying Dutchman, London.

Performance, installation and music in support of Performance Space, London.



a workshop curated by Franko B in association with Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata, Italy.

3rd & 4th June 2013

Ron Athey
Francesca Alfano Miglietti (FAM)
Rossella Ghezzi
Yann Marussich
Francesca Romana Nasce
Fabrizio Sibona
Adrien Sina
Ivana Spinelli
Giovanni Termini
Yesenia Trobbiani
Sarah Wilson

STEP WHACK STEP - Radio show includes review of Because of Love

Step Whack Step, Resonance 104.4 FM, 31st March 2013.
Review of Franko B's piece, BECAUSE OF LOVE Volume 1 starts at around 39:30. - Upload Audio - Step Whack Step 29/03/13

Mark Carberry, Eleanor Sikorski and Else Tunemyr hosted the show on which they spoke about their visit to The Bride and the Bachelors at The Barbican Art Gallery, interviewed Jo Barratt about his obsession with smell and his work making scent for performance, and reviewed Because of Love volume 1 by Franko B.

Performance / Audience / Film

Performance / Audience / Film
26 March 2013 - 20 April 2013

John Hansard Gallery
University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Featuring Artists: Oreet Ashery, Franko B, Blast Theory, Ian Breakwell & Ron Geesin Jean Dupuy, Rachel Gomme, Dan Graham, Joshua Sofaer

Performance / Audience / Film aims to look at the different relationships that are established between the artist and the audience within the realm of performance art, examining the role of the audience in relation to the completion and meaning of the work. [more >]

Tel: +44 023 8059 2158

Opening Times Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 11am-4pm
Free Admission

Garble Issue 9 - Franko B interview

Franko B in conversation with James Morgan.
Garble Issue 9, March 27th 2013
starts on page 20