Francis Upritchard was born in 1976 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She lives and works in London. 'Upritchard questions how we construct a vision for the future through our fractured, partial and often conflicted understanding of the past. She creates a place where histories and archives can viewed anew through playfully exploring aspects of partiality, misreading, dodgy translations and uncanny coincidences. Upritchard’s mini worlds are anti-imperial and non-hierarchical - there is no dominant culture.’ Heather Galbraith.

Francis Upritchard has been selected by Art Gallery of New South Wales to undertake a large scale commission outside the new Sydney Modern. She is one of nine chosen artists making new works for the space to be realised in late 2022. Upritchard has a solo exhibition Paper, Creature, Stone at Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand that opened in April this year. Previous solo exhibitions include Big Fish Eat Little Fish, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium, 2020, Wetwang Slack at the Barbican Centre, London (2018-19), Centaurs and Sea Creatures, Ivan Anthony, Auckland, New Zealand (2018), Jealous Saboteurs, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand (2017), Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne, Australia (2016); and at the City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand (2016); The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014); Potato Poem, the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan (2013); Mandrake, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2013); A Hand of Cards, Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2012); Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, (2012). Francis Upritchard represented New Zealand in 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).