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Fran Britten

Frances Britten - Director & Founder

Frances Britten is an accomplished sculptor and painter, who has had no formal training. She believes that everyone, regardless of their needs, is capable of being creative. This is the philosophy behind Shute Farm Studio, where all may come and make use of the educational skills imparted by the Studio's gifted tutors.

Fran was born in Washington D.C. Her father was a naval constructor and her mother was a court dressmaker - she has dedicated the Studio to them in memory of their artistic gifts.
She trained as a ballet dancer, but following the death of her mother, later became an SRN, and then a Midwife.
Left: Fran's sabbatical year - marble carving in Carrara, Italy

Fran is married to a dairy farmer, Stephen, whose family have farmed in Downhead for six generations. She has a daughter and three sons, and six grandchildren. Stephen and her son-in-law Robin have, with their technical and physical support, been the strength behind the development of the Studio and the accessible garden.

Fran enjoys all forms of creative art, especially sculpture and three dimensional work

A quotation that inspired Fran, which she found at Lake Grasmeare Salt Works, South Island, New Zealand, is :

"I am doing this because I believe it is worth doing and I have the chance to do it."
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