The University of Bristol Theatre Collection and Theatre Department invite you to join Franko B in a conversation led by Maddy Costa and Mary Paterson. The Theatre Collection is currently undertaking the Wellcome funded project, Challenging Archives, to catalogue, conserve and make accessible the extraordinary archive of artist, curator and teacher Franko B. Throughout the project, writers-in-residence Maddy Costa and Mary Paterson are thinking about the archive and its encounter with the institution, in dialogue with students, researchers, archivists and other members of the university. You can find their project blog pages here. Mary, Maddy and Franko will use items from the archive as the starting point for discussion.

2nd July 2019, 16:00-17:30
Seminar room 3.5, Faculty of Arts, Vandyck Building, Bristol BS8 1UP


A series of small works by Franko B, including stitched drawings on paper and a selection of ceramic figures from the 'Sinful Children' Series are now available to buy from Franko B's Etsy Shop >

These works are being sold to raise money for a new sculpture work, For Our Sins, which will be produced 2019-2020.

THE FUTURE IS NEVER TOO FAR - group show curated by Franko B

Group exhibition curated by Franko B

Riccardo Costantini Contemporary, via Giovanni Giolitti 51, 10123, Torino, Italy

14th June - 10th September 2019

Raffaele Cirianni Elena Radovix Gaia Novellati Marco Paganini Giuseppe Mulas Dede Varetto Davide Damato Hamit Kola Lucia Corino Elena Mantello Annaclara Di Biase Chiara Cadei Andrea Rinaudo Lisa Redetti Francesca Malvaso

TOUCH: Perspectives from the Medical Humanities - exhibition in Bristol

10th-13th June 2019
Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft
17-25 Jamaica Street Bristol

Students on the intercalated BA in Medical Humanities have brought together works, videos and talks from a variety of artists, academics, and care professionals based in and around Bristol which explore touch from these three perspectives. 

Curated works include: images of works from the Franko B. archive (with grateful thanks for the permission); works arising out of the collaboration between Georgina Morley (critical care nurse and PhD) and Annie Sharon Fox (artist and art psychotherapist) exploring moral distress; a curated playlist for the exhibition by Yuki Ame; a talk by Dr Alan Kellas on Thursday afternoon; street art going up on the wall by The Bad Doctor; and more to come.

The Many Lives of Performance - Second blog post from writers in residence programme at the Franko B Archive

As part of the Wellcome Trust funded project Challenging Archives: Delivering research access, public engagement and the curatorial care of the Franko B archive, writers-in-residence Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa are engaging creatively with the Franko B archive as it is catalogued, conserved and made accessible. This is the second in a series of blog posts that will reflect on the complex set of challenges the Franko B archive poses, the archival process and Franko B’s artistic practice which explores issues such as the limits of the body and the human condition, dealing with pain, suffering, abuse of power, empathy, eroticism, and sexuality in contemporary culture.
Read the post here >

Franko B’s archive is held as part of the Live Art Archives at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.

STALKER - A Franko B workshop

STALKER aims for candidates to search for their unconscious desires, pushed physically and mentally by the internationally renowned artist Franko B. Taking place at The Foundry – an old iron foundry, recently rehabilitated into a site for artistic production – candidates are put through an extremely rigorous training programme for 12 days in which they will be challenged and forced out of their comfort zones. Situated in Maubourguet, at the foothills of the Pyrenees, the workshop has been designed to incorporate both industrial and rural landscapes.

[Costs] The full cost of the workshop is €400 per person. Included are registration fees and material for the workshop, hospitality and meals. Cost does not include travel fare to airport/train station. A coach will be organised to transport candidates to/from The Foundry at the beginning and end of the workshop.

• Hospitality (food and lodging) for 12 days
• Board in an iron foundry.
• Workplace: Maubourguet & the surrounding areas.

[Application] to apply for the workshop, candidates must submit an application which includes a CV, portfolio and motivational text no longer than 150 words. Candidates must send applications by 26th May 2019 to the following email addresses: & Candidates should able to communicate in English.

[Info] Please email for more information regarding details of the workshop and application process.

BECAUSE OF LOVE - documentary screening in Rome

A rough cut of the documentary Franko B: Because of Love by Nathaniel Walters will be shown at MACRO ASILO, Via Nazionale, 194 - 00184 Roma

18th May 2019, 18:00

LOST IN MUSIC - DJ set and video screenings in Rome

Franko B DJ set at MACRO ASILO, Via Nazionale, 194 - 00184 Roma

18th May 2019, 20:00

Plus, selection of video projections


Sinful Children - A limited edition series of ceramic figures by Franko B
To raise money for a new sculpture work, to be produced 2019-2020
available to buy now from

FUCK LOVE - group exhibition in Turin

FUCK LOVE - Franko B & Ciro Rispoli
14th February - 14th March 2019
Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Via Blingny 2, Torino

BECAUSE OF LOVE - lecture at MACRO, Rome

Franko B will give a lecture on his work on Sunday, 27th January 2019 at MACRO, Via Nizza, 138, 00198 Roma RM, Italy

BLACK - group exhibition in Trento

Black - exhibition at Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Vicolo dell’Adige, 17-19 Trento, Italy 38122
13th december 2018 - 9th February 2019

Matteo Basilé, Simone Bergantini, Bruna Esposito, Franko B, Armando Lulaj, Mustafa Sabbagh, Andres Serrano

LOST BOYS E ALTRE STORIE - exhibition in Milan

FRANKO B - Lost Boys e Altre STORIE - Curated By Francesca Alfano Miglietti

Opening 12th December 2018, 19.00. Exhibition continues until 31st January 2019.

NonostanteMarras, via Cola di Rienzo 8, Milan, Italy


Franko B will have a stall with ceramics, embroideries and other small artworks at The Live Art Development Agency's first ever Festive Fair.

9th December 2018, 12:00-18:00
Live Art Development Agency,
The Garrett Centre,  117A Mansford Street,  London E2 6LX

US OR CHAOS - group exhibition in Belgium


a/political collection
Curated by Becky Haghpanah-Shirwan

22nd September 2018 - 6th January 2019

Musee d'Art de la Province de Hainaut
BPS22 - Boulevard Solvay, 22
B-6000 Charleroi

Under the title US OR CHAOS, the unique a/political private collection on the dual theme of order and chaos is on show at the BPS22. Curated by Becky Haghpanah-Shirwan, director of the a/political collection, US OR CHAOS brings together around forty powerful works that are at times monumental, at times minimalist.

Based in London, the a/political private collection has been built up around relations that it has created with international artists who are used to dealing with today's major political and social problems. In parallel with the acquisition of works, a/political regularly initiates and produces ambitious artistic projects and gets involved in their international dissemination.

Inspired by an anti-riot policeman's retort to a member of the Spanish artists collective Democracia, the exhibition takes a look at control techniques and resistance strategies, attempts to order the chaos and tendencies to challenge the prevailing order with works by Franko B, Erik Bulatov, Democracia, Teresa Margolles, Andrei Molodkin, Petr Pavlensky, Andres Serrano, Santiago Sierra, Kendell Geers and Nancy Spero.

YOUNG AT HEART OLD ON THE SKIN - group exhibition curated by Franko B

Group exhibition curated by Franko B at Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary, Trevi (Perugia), Italy

28th September - 4th November 2018
Extended to 8th January 2019
Inauguration: 28th September, 18.30

Friday - Sunday, 15.30 - 18.30 or by appointment: +39 3386772711,

Valentina Aceto, Franko B, Mohsen Baghernejad Moghanjooghi, Niccolò Calmistro, Vittorio Campanella, Alessia Castelli, Giorgiomaria Cornelio, Branko Jankovic, Jacopo Mandich, Marco Marasciuolo, Raffaele Mondazzi, Jacopo Pannocchia, Giorgio Pignotti, Nicholas Polari, Elena Radovix, Michele Rava, Lucamatteo Rossi, Stefano Scagliola,  Chloe Wing