Françoise Sullivan is a choreographer, dancer and painter, a founding member of the Automatist group and a signatory of the Refus global (Total Refusal) manifesto. Her work has taken the form of painting, sculpture, photography, installation and performance and has been the subject of major exhibitions, including those at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in 1981, the Musée du Québec in 1993 and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2003. She received the Paul-Émile Borduas award 1987 and a Governor General’s award in 2005 and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Ordre national du Québec. Her work has been shown in majority of the most important exhibitions in the history of art in Quebec and the rest of Canada over the past fifty years. In 1998 she received an honorary doctorate from York University and in 2002 another from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She taught at Concordia University for some twenty years.