Artist stories: Francesca McLeod

3 Aug 2018

Many of the artists creating a snail for Snailspace are using a bright colour palette but perhaps none will be as vibrant as the Snail painted by Francesca McLeod. We caught up with her to find out what inspired her creation.

“My sponsor is Brighton Marina, so I’m really pleased my snail will be on display there. Brighton is such a busy city – there’s always something going on – so the concept of ‘be more snail’ is a great idea. People will be taking their time walking around the snails and may even find things they haven’t seen in the city by doing the tour.


I wanted my snail to represent Brighton and it’s diverse and vibrant nature and so it’s going to be very colourful and fun and has a drag queen theme. The design will have a hint of the Pride flag as that festival is such a big event in the Brighton calendar.


I’m incorporating various elements of male and female drag and my design will include a beard, vibrant make-up, glitter, pearlescent paint and lots of twinkle. My usual colour palette as an artist is more muted so it’s great to be able to be bolder with this project. Working on the snails together with other artists in a warehouse space means we’re able share ideas and tips, and there’s a really great community feel.”

See Francesca’s snail when it joins the other molluscs on the streets in September.

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