Fran Crowe

Artist Fran Crowe is a lifelong collector of the discarded and unvalued

She presents what she finds at Siren with her Museum of Beyond on Moot Green

Both fascinating and provocative, her work, above all, questions our contemporary addiction to consumerism and its consequences, especially for the marine environment – paradoxically, often through the subversion of consumerism’s tools. Often she makes ‘keepsakes’ (souvenirs, matchboxes, seed packets) – a visual reminder and a talking point to take away.

A lifelong collector of the discarded and unvalued, Fran Crowe presents what she finds .Her huge collections of found items have a global, not just a local, message: they are just a tiny proportion of the 6.4 million tonnes of rubbish that the US Academy of Science estimates enters the world’s oceans every year. Her installations offer a tongue-in-cheek but frank self-portrait of ourselves: a kind of contemporary – and disturbing – archaeological dig.

Fran graduated from Norwich School of Art & Design in 2006 and was awarded the Babylon bursary for emerging artist in 2007.

Solo exhibitions include Walking to save some sea at Landguard Fort, Felixstowe (2008), Found Out at Babylon Gallery, Ely (2009), Cast Away on Orford Ness (2010) and Lines of Exchange, Snape Maltings (2011)

Her work featured in the BBC Radio 4 documentary, The Art of Litter, in 2009. Her website is here

She created the Museum of Beyond, which imagines a future beyond oil... It's a life without plastics, and yet plastic fragments of our Oil Age lives continue to wash up on the shores of our oceans. The museum sees the present through future eyes, imagining what future generations might make of these plastic objects - and what they will perhaps think about us.

Explore our collections, contribute, enjoy... and let’s spread the word about reducing our fossil fuel use, cutting back our use of plastics (especially single use items like bottles, cups and tampon applicators), and disposing of what we use more thoughtfully. And let's not forget to lobby government and corporations for change too - we can't do everything ourselves!

Most of all, let's hope that by thinking about the way we live now, we can begin to imagine how we might create a better future for all life on our planet.