Frank To

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  • Art and design lecturer
  • Personal academic tutor HND Contemporary Art Practice
  • Module Leader for Professional Profile – BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Practice 

I combine my work as a contemporary artist with teaching. I've been working full-time as an artist since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee, in 2005, and have exhibited both nationally and internationally. The experience and skills I've accumulated during my time in the arts have been the result of surviving and innovating during the recession. Witnessing the devastating effects of the recession on the arts inspired me to become a lecturer at Inverness College UHI, where I take great pride in equipping students with the essential skills to survive and flourish as part of the new generation of Scottish contemporary artists.

Frank To teaches on the HND Contemporary Art Practice and BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Practice at Inverness College UHI. His specialism is in contemporary drawing and painting, professional practice and collaboration practice. research skills, and education.  

From 2019, Frank has been engaged in the Humanium Metal Art Project. He is one of two artists appointed by IM Swedish Development Partner for the project. He has been chosen by the organisation to develop a new type of colour and painting from Humanium Metal; a new alloy made from melted illegal firearms. Frank is currently working in collaboration with IM Swedish Development Partner to enable project meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal by 2030.  

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Frank lives between Glasgow and Inverness, still maintains his art practice and regularly exhibits nationally and internationally. 

Frank teaches across the art and design curriculum on the following subjects: 

  • Art & Design Practical Application 
  • Painting and Colour Theory 
  • Life Drawing 
  • Mixed Media Development & Production 
  • Developmental Drawing Practice
  • Conceptual Process 
  • Professional Practice 
  • Sketchbook Development 
  • Exhibiting Contemporary Art 

Qualifications:

  • TQFE (PG) with Distinction – University of Stirling 
  • Masters of Fine Art – DJCAD, University of Dundee 
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting & Drawing, University of Huddersfield 

Projects & Research:  

  • Humanium Metal by IM Swedish Decelopment Partner 

Employment history:

  • Art & Design lecturer at Inverness College UHI
  • Art & Design lecturer at Perth College UHI 
  • Artist-in-Residence at Edinburgh Castle 
  • Artist-in-Residence at Perth Museum & Art Gallery 
  • Perth 2018 City of Culture bid - Perth Pioneer 
  • 2005 - Present: Self-employed fine artist, exhibiting nationally and internationally 
  • Art work in private and public collections including the University of Dundee, University of Huddersfield, Deloitte, Walter Scot & Partners and Sir Patrick Stewart 
  • Worked on a wide range of high profile projects which have been covered by BBC, STV and ITV 
  • Visiting lecturer at the University of St Andrews, Duncan of Jordanstone and University of West Scotland

Technical/research interests:

  • Painting & Drawing
  • Conceptual Processes
  • Professional Practice
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Military History & Application
  • Art Business & Marketing
  • Contemporary Art pedagogy 

Exhibitions:

  • Royal Cambrian Academy 
  • Society of Graphic Fine Art 
  • Royal Scottish Academy of Art 
  • Royal West of England Academy of Art 
  • Royal Ulster Academy of Art 
  • Royal Society of British Artists 
  • Society of Scottish Artists 
  • Perth Museum & Art Gallery 

Awards:

  • Professional Artist Member, Society of Scottish Artists (SSA)
  • Henderson Art Purchase Prize
  • RBS Art Sponsorship Award
  • The Deloitte LLP Prize
  • RBS & PSYBT Business Award
  • The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust
  • Business Gateway Start up Grant

Contact email: 

Frank.To.ic@uhi.ac.uk