I'M HERE - New performance by Franko B - Premiere in Newcastle

Pioneering performance artist Franko B presents the UK tour of his new work I’m Here, commencing July 2021. Using innovative body mapping techniques, in collabora- tion with Anthony Martin from a/political, Franko B revisits his seminal bloodletting works for the first time in the artist's practice. Each cut challenging the audience to confront their own history, a global history of war, abandonment, homo- phobia, freedom, displacement, famine and sex.

More information: here.franko-b.com

The first Performance will be presented by Globe Gallery, Newcastle, in Collaboration with The Department of Media, Culture, Heritage at Newcastle University on 2nd July 2021 

THINGS THAT MAKE ME CRY - Exhibition in Newcastle


Franko B:  Things that Make me Cry 

Globe Gallery, Newcastle

12th June - 3rd July 2021
“Things that Make me Cry” showcases Franko B’s ‘Lost Boys’ - a series of individually hand-crafted, ceramic figures and sculptures both fragile and powerful in their significance and symbolism. 

The exhibition draws from Franko B’s childhood in Milan and experiences he encountered when he was taken into care. This early stage of his life left such an imprint on Franko that it has become an integral part of his identity and a prevalent theme within his work

Skopje Pride Weekend 2021: The Queer commons: Politics of Friendship, Love and Affects

Franko B will be taking part with an exhibition, video screenings and lecture

June 2nd - 9th 2021

Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje

STILL LIFE 2: Edition of Giclee prints now available, Special Launch Price

SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE: 25% off until 30th April 2021
Available from FrankoBStudio.etsy.com

The original Still Life was a photographic project produced by Franko B between 2001 and 2003 (and published as a book by Black Dog Publishing in 2003). The images focus on scenes of homelessness in London. 

In 2017, Franko resumed the series, producing a new set of images, Still Life 2.

Twelve of these new images have now been produced as Giclee prints, which are available to buy individually or as four triptychs. Each print is A3 size (29.7x42cm) and is an edition of 100 (signed and numbered on reverse).

2 New Tote Bags now available

These bags are 100% cotton and printed on both sides, with 2 different designs by Franko B: 'Kiss' and 'The Revolution is Fake'.

Available to buy now from FrankoBStudio.etsy.com

Flower Series

A new series of stitched drawings on canvas, Flower Series.

Wool on canvas, 40x30 cm each

Franko B, 2020

LOST BOYS SERIES - new ceramic figures

A series of new works from the Lost Boys series of ceramic wall hangings are now available from 


I'm Here is a new publication by Franko B and designer David Caines. It was originally published as a PDF (available from thisisunbound.co.uk), and now a special print edition has been produced, consisting of 22 copies and seven artist proofs. The print edition is lavishly produced and expands upon the digital version, with more than 400 full colour pages, including even more images and texts from the last 30+ years of Franko's practice. It comes as a boxed set including a unique stitched drawing on paper for each edition, as well as a selection of various items such as postcards, stickers, booklets, cardboard cutouts and other materials from Franko's archive
Available to buy now from etsy.com/uk/shop/FrankoBStudio >


I'M HERE (EDITING MY TIME) AN OFFERING - New digital publication by Franko B and David Caines

I'm Here is a new publication by Franko B and David Caines. The book is available only in PDF form - and exclusively through Unbound, with a special launch price of £8.00.
Buy it here: thisisunbound.co.uk/collections/available-digitally/products/im-here

'I’m Here is a collaborative project with artist and designer David Caines and made possible by the generosity of artists, collaborators, scholars, curators, academics and friends that have contributed to my life journey and work. A collection of more than 400 archival images and critical writing about my time and work, edited by me from material that forms my archive, which is held at the University of Bristol, spanning over 30 years of my art practice.' - Franko B

I'm Here responds to the acquisition of Franko B's archive by the University of Bristol. The archive contains more than 30 years of material relating to Franko’s performances, exhibitions, screenings, visual art, collaborations and his work as a curator, lecturer and mentor. All items, including digitised copies of the videos in the collection, are available to view on site at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.

THE BODY IS (NOT) HERE - Photos of the exhibition of Franko B's Archive, University of Bristol Theatre Collection

The Body Is (Not) Here - Franko B's Archive
14th February - 1st May 2020. University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Photographs by Alice Hendy © University of Bristol


Friday, 6th March 2020 to Sunday, 8th March 2020, 11:00 to 18:00
Free Drop In
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Moving Bodies: Franko B’s Archive celebrates the archive of artist, curator and teacher Franko B, who rose to prominence in the 1990s due to his extraordinary body-based performances often involving the practice of bloodletting.

Featuring iconic performances such as I Miss You, Still Life and Oh Lover Boy along with archival footage, this 45 minute screening of newly digitised material filmed over Franko’s extensive career can be viewed throughout the weekend, coinciding with the symposium ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ at Arnolfini (6 March), and an archival exhibition The Body is (not) Here at the Theatre Collection (14 February – 1st May), where Franko’s archive is now held.

Organised with the University of Bristol Theatre Collection Moving Bodies: Franko B’s Archive is part of a series of events funded by the Wellcome Trust, forming a larger project to catalogue, conserve, digitise and widen access to Franko’s archive, which was donated by the artist to the Collection in 2008.

More information: arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/screening-dont-leave-me-this-way-films-from-the-franko-b-archive/


Visit etsy.com/uk/shop/FrankoBStudio to view a range of small works by Franko B, including stitched drawings on paper and ceramics. 20% off selected items until 16th February.

Symposium: DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY; Accessing and Activating the Franko B Archive

6 March 2020, 10.15 AM - 6.00 PM
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Framed around the archive of artist, curator, and teacher Franko B, this one-day symposium of talks, performance and discussion, featuring artists, archivists, writers, curators and researchers, looks at the multitude of different ways in which archives can be accessed, activated and animated.

The day will open with an 'in conversation' between Franko B and Lois Keidan, Director of the Live Art Development Agency, and will also include a performance from the project’s writers-in-residence Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa, as well as discussing a variety of challenging archives from Franko's own to the Bishopsgate Institute's LGBTQ Erotica and Pornography Collection.

A full itinerary for the day will be published soon.

Organised with the University of Bristol Theatre Collection the symposium is part of a wider series of public events including an exhibition, talks and workshops, funded by the Wellcome Trust, that marks the end of a larger project to catalogue, conserve and widen access to Franko B's Archive, donated by the artist to the Theatre Collection in 2008 where it is now fully accessible. Please be aware that the event will explore adult themes and content, which may not be suitable for all audiences.

Free, booking essential.

THE BODY IS (NOT) HERE - Exhibition of Franko B's Archive, University of Bristol

14th February - 1st May 2020;
Tues - Fri 9.30am - 5pm (closed 10th and 14th April)

The Body is (not) Here explores the archive of visual artist, curator and teacher Franko B through representations of the human body, which loom large throughout the collection.

Coming to recognition during the rise of performance and live art in the 1990s, Franko’s deeply autobiographical work presents the body as both a site and a material. His body is visible throughout the exhibition via documentation of performances and exhibitions, captured in personal photographs, described in vivid detail within publicity material and press cuttings, or hinted at by its absence through objects, traces and the residue of performances.

Interweaving personal stories and universal themes – of pain, suffering, protest, life and love – The Body is (not) Here provides audiences with multiple encounters with Franko’s body and the body of his archive, which like Franko’s work, challenge the way we see, feel and experience the world around us; asking us to consider ‘what it is to be human’.

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of free public events, including an 'in conversation' with the artist, a symposium on 'challenging' archives, a writing workshop, and a series of exhibition tours.

More information here: bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/events/exhibitions/

Franko B and Dr Maria Fannin In Conversation

4 March 2020, 6.00 PM - 4 March 2020, 7.30
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, BS8 1UP (Lecture Room 3.13)

Visual artist, curator and teacher Franko B will be joined in conversation by human geographer Dr Maria Fannin, whose research delves into the ‘tissue economies’ of blood and other substances, drawing on feminist approaches to health and medical technology.

This event is part of a wider series of public events including an exhibition, symposium and workshop, funded by the Wellcome Trust, that marks the end of a larger project to catalogue, conserve and widen access to Franko B's Archive, donated by the artist to the Theatre Collection in 2008 where it is now fully accessible.

More information here: bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/events/2020/content---franko-and-maria-in-conversation.html


Following a ‘Research Resources’ award from Wellcome, the Theatre Collection has been working on a project for the past 18 months to catalogue, conserve and make publicly accessible the archive of artist, curator and teacher, Franko B. Franko B’s practice explores the limits of the body, touching on pain, suffering and sexuality in contemporary culture. He rose to prominence in the 1990s due to his extraordinary body-based performances at the ICA in London that often involved blood-letting. Creating work across performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media for the last 30 years, Franko’s experiences of suffering, neglect, homelessness and marginalisation as an adolescent, and then as a young gay man and punk living in London during the AIDS epidemic, deeply influenced and intertwined with his practice. Archivists working on the project will introduce the Franko B archive, and there will be an opportunity to handle items from the collection.
More information: bristol.ac.uk/arts/events/2020/february/chhs-research-seminar.html