Sam Francis is a producer and organiser working within experimental practices across music, sound, performance and their overlap with the visual arts. With an active history in DIY and artist-led cultures, she is interested in collaborative methods of exploring, uniting and connecting the politics of division that can exist between art forms.
Sam was co-director of Supernormal until 2018; an annual festival of interdisciplinary arts, experimental, underground music and collective action since 2010. Co-programming the new music strand of the programme, during this time she has additionally curated programme Women, Art and Sound, delivered artist residencies,and devised strands of the visual arts and activities programmes such as Granary Sound Workshops, The Shed Sound Space, Artists Billboard & Plinth projects.
She currently produces Outlands – a national experimental music touring network with previous projects including Onomato; an events series existing in response to Bristol’s cultural programmes; producing events in relation to the Richard Long exhibition at Arnolfini and collaborative event Amalgams featuring moving image, voice, and sound for the Bristol Art Weekender. Other projects include Unheimlich Manoeuvres at Spike Island, and BSDeathdrive, a citywide, offline, file-sharing network.