ABOUT

Francesca Simpson is a professional wildlife and landscape artist originally from rural Northumberland, now based in Leicestershire. Her highly realistic coloured pencil drawings and acrylic paintings celebrate the beauty of animals and the natural world. 

Francesca is also a classically trained pianist with a degree in Music Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (BMus).

 

Visit the studio

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Francesca welcomes visitors to her studio in Cossington, Leicestershire. She is at the studio most days but it is advisable to make an appointment if you're travelling specially. The studio is located opposite Goscote Nurseries, just off the A6 and not far from the M1. Use the postcode LE7 4UZ and look out for signs to Goscote Nurseries. Full address is as follows:

 

8 Grange Cottage

Syston Road

Cossington

Leicester

LE7 4UZ

 

CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

 

4th October- 1st November: Solo exhibition of new original work at The Eyebrook Gallery in Uppingham https://www.eyebrookgallery.com/exhibitions-events

8th-12th November: Country Living Christmas Fair at The Business Design Centre, London

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2017: 'Open Contemporary Young Artist Award' The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

2017: Country Living Spring Fair, Alexandra Palace, London

2016: Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Windsor Racecourse 

2016: 'Revealed - Secret Wild,' The Guildhall, Leicester 

2016: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 'Week of Wildlife Art,' Mall Galleries, London

2015 - 'Prey' Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland 

2014 - 'Marbled Waves' Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland

2013 - 'Winter' The Bakehouse Gallery, Alnwick, Northumberland 

2012 - 'Animal Landscapes' The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

2010 - Merchant Gate Gallery, Glasgow, Joint Exhibition

 

AWARDS

2017: 'Open Contemporary Young Artist Award' finalist at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

2016 - David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016 Finalist

 

REPRESENTATION

 

Originals & Prints

The Eyebrook Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland 

www.eyebrookgallery.com

 

Prints Only

 

North East Art Collective, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

www.northeastartcollective.co.uk

 

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, Northumberland

http://www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk

 

The Jackdaw Rooms, Lichfield

www.facebook.com/Jackdawrooms

 

Marilyn & Melrose, Alnwick, Northumberland

www.marilynandmelrose.co.uk

 

BOOK ILLUSTRATION

2012 - 'Slow Northumberland and Durham' (written by Gemma Hall) Bradt Travel Guides 

 

TEACHING/COMMUNITY PROJECTS

2014 - Hipsburn First School: Murals for Alnmouth Railway Station

2013 - Hipsburn First School: Painting lessons and student exhibition at Alnmouth Arts Festival

 

NEWS

Francesca's painting 'Crocodile' (pictured above) was shortlisted for the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' competition held at the Mall Galleries in London. 

Francesca's painting 'Crocodile' (pictured above) was shortlisted for the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' competition held at the Mall Galleries in London. 

French TV

Francesca was filmed for a special news programme about Alnmouth in Northumberland, broadcast by French TV channel, TF1 in January 2015. To watch the short video, click the following link: http://lci.tf1.fr/jt-13h/videos/2014/royaume-uni-alnmouth-l-un-des-plus-beaux-villages-du-pays-8540769.html

(Photo by Terry Collinson)

Robson Green at Francesca's latest solo exhibition (Photo by Jane Coltman)  

Robson Green at Francesca's latest solo exhibition (Photo by Jane Coltman)