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Frances Pelly (b. 1947)

Scottish sculptor, whose work encompasses traditional carving and modelling, natural materials and text, and who frequently collaborates with writers. Born in Edinburgh, she studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, where she gained a Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma in sculpture (1971), and at Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh (1973). She taught at Duncan of Jordanstone and Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, from 1974 to 1983, but later moved to Orkney, where she now works as a freelance artist. She has exhibited widely in Scotland, and her public commissions include a life-size female figure in bronze for the war memorial at Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway (1983), and Memorial to Susannah Alice Stephen, James Court, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh (1999–2000).

Bibliography: D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, p. 177; W.T. Johnston, Dictionary of Scottish Artists (c.2000), Scottish National Library, ref CD-ROM.585; P.J.M. McEwan, The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, 2004; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 265–66; Royal Scottish Academy: Frances Pelly RSA.

Ray McKenzie 2018