Frances Lord is a curator and consultant based in East Sussex with a background in the applied arts who specialises in developing and managing public art and commissioning projects. She co-curated 'Jewellery is Life' and 'Prickings' for Fabrica in Brighton. Frances works with organisations including local authorities, environmental agencies, healthcare trusts, and directly with artists, initiating, developing and managing projects. She runs seminars on 'Negotiating Public Art Commissions' and mentors visual and applied artists wishing to gain experience and develop their practice in public art. In 2008 Frances lectured on public art at Meiji University, Tokyo as part of their 'Visiting International Scholar Programme'. She is an artistic assessor for Arts Council England specialising in craft, design and public art.