Louise Marchal

Louise Marchal

Thirsk, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

About Louise Marchal

PhD candidate in Fine Art and History of Art at the University of Leeds.

Since 1993 my work has consistently dealt with an (often playful) enquiry into the existence of man with various visual languages and systems of signs, often mixing and morphing samples of images from various sources (games, mathematical concepts, doodles or scenes from life). During research for my biography of the sculptor Frances Darlington (1880-1940) these themes became absorbed amid a more localised time and place. As a result work responded to the values, types, attitudes and styles that emerged through this research. These works still correspond with my interest in the human contemporary state, but are examined through reference to historic, geographic and cultural resonance, in image and form.  

Recognition that I was seeing Darlington's work through the lens of c19th revivals in the 1960s and 1970s formed the concept base for my current practice-based PhD.


Scottish M.A. in English Literature (University of Glasgow 1995); Foundation course in Philosophy (Leeds University SCE 2003-4); M.A. in Fine Art (University of Sunderland 2007); M.A. Curatorial Practise, (University of Sunderland 2008)


Pioneering Women Conference 10th March 2021 as part of Women's History Month. Royal Society of Sculptors, London.

Commission with Arts Council funding to respond to a World War I memorial by Frances Darlington at Ripon Police Museum 16th August - 30th November 2014.



November 18th 2017 - 25th January 2018
The Old Joiner's Shop, Upsall, Thirsk YO7 2QL

NOBLE BLOODS - Ripon Prison and Police Museum.
16th August - 30th November 2014
A new installation in response to Frances Darlington's World War One Memorial to boys from St. George's Police Orphanage, Harrogate.


RE OPEN 2012 Royal Society of Painter Printmakers at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, (next to Tate Modern) London SE1 9JH open daily 11-6pm, 17th August - 2nd September 2012