Image shows a photo by Fran Rowse of a young white woman with long blond hair wearing a black halterneck dress
Image: Fran Rowse, Amy, Maids

13 Feb — 13 Apr 2024

The Ramp Wall, The Exchange

Maids is an ongoing project from award-winning Cornish photographer Fran Rowse. Born and raised in Cornwall she highlights the hidden world of girlhood and the reality of Cornish life. Started in 2020 these new photographs capture the dreams and realities of the girls around her, against the backdrop of their homes, streets and landscapes.

Fran is currently building an archive by women for women. Challenging traditional Cornish, cultural representation, she is working with women and girls to ensure their voices in history are accurate.

As well as curating Cornish Maids as part of We Are Floating in Space at Newlyn Art Gallery in spring 2023, Fran has exhibited at That Art Gallery, London; RWA, Bristol; Jupiter Gallery, Newlyn; Grays Wharf, Penryn and Falmouth Art Gallery. She was a panellist at the MESKLA Brewyon Drudh symposium, led by Sovay Berriman; and at Tate St Ives; she has spoken at Cornwall Community Darkroom, Newmill; and delivered workshops at the Cornwall Heritage Trust Festival at Heligan, Hayle Heritage Centre, and at Bodmin Keep with the girls from Wave Multi Academy Trust.

After winning the South West Graduate Photography Prize, 2021, with support from Fotonow, she has continued this body of the work, with a focus on the landscape of the coast path.




FRI 1 MAR, 18.00 – 21.00
Join us to celebrate Maids, at the first in a new series of monthly late openings with art, talks, performance, food and drink. March has an all female line up with Fran Rowse, Clean Ocean Sailing, and The Shantillies.

FREE, all welcome.


Venue: The Ramp Wall, The Exchange
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Open: TUE - SAT, 10.00 - 16.00
Closed: SUN & MON

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