Introducing FRANCESCA

As a curator and writer focusing on contemporary art, Londoner Francesca Gavin is one of the most trusted voices in the art world. With an impressive career that spans over 15 years, Francesca is known for co-curating the Historical Exhibition of Manifesta11 biennial in Zurich and has curated numerous exhibitions internationally at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the MU in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Closer to home she was responsible for last year’s popular Mushrooms: the art, design and future of fungi at Somerset House and E-Vapor-8 at Site Sheffield. 

Francesca’s writing is extensive as Editor of LIMBO magazine, a contributing editor at Financial Times’ How to Spend It magazine and Kaleidoscope, and the Art Editor of Twin, Good Trouble and Beauty Papers. Francesca has also written several books including the Art of Collage 3 published last year, Watch This Space in collaboration with Pentagram and The Book of Hearts, 100 New Artists and Hell Bound: New Gothic Art. When not writing you can listen to Francesca on NTS Radio where she has a monthly show on the relationship between contemporary art and music.

Seasonal Tips


This autumn David Zwirner is putting on the first major London solo show by the late African American painter Noah Davis. The founder of Los Angeles’ Underground Museum, Davis’ figurative paintings are sensitive and fascinating. Opening 9 October.


Mixing It Up: Painting Today is curated by Ralph Rugoff and brings together 31 British-based artists exploring a traditional art form in radical ways, touching on cinematic, illusion, memes and music. Stand out artists include Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, Peter Doig, Oscar Murillo and Issy Wood. Running from 9 September to 12 December, this exhibition will cement how alive the media is today.

Francesca created her extraordinary ‘Mushrooms: the art, design and future of fungi’ exhibition at Somerset House having repeatedly seen mushrooms in art over the past 50 years.

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