In-conversation Series: Heather Phillipson

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021
  • Live in-conversation event, starting at 6pm. Part of our Fabrication Research Season, looking at Public Commissions and Collaborations.

Artist Heather Phillipson talks about her experience of working on two recent public commissions: THE END, for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square 2020-22, and RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach, commissioned for Duveen Galleries, Tate Britain (2021).

About the artist

Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, installation, music, drawing, digital media and poetry. Forthcoming and recent solo exhibitions include: RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach, Tate Britain Duveen Galleries commission (2021); THE END, for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square (2020-22); VOLTA, an online audio work, commissioned by Art on the Underground to coincide with the Fourth Plinth (2020); a major exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2018) and a vast commission for Art on the Underground’s flagship site at Gloucester Road underground station (2018). Forthcoming and recent group exhibitions include: new commissions for the Shanghai Biennale (2021), British Art Show 9 (2021-22), Sharjah Biennial 14 and the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (both 2019) and an online work for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018). Phillips received the Film London Jarman Award in 2016, the European Short Film Festival selection from the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018 and is also an award-winning poet. A monograph on her work was published by Prestel in 2020.

Fabrication Research Season

The practicalities of how an artist approaches making a sculpture have often been shrouded in mystery. The relationship between artists and skilled fabricators is rarely acknowledged. Exploring the blurred lines between art, craft and industry, this Research Season will make visible the ways in which sculptors in both historical and contemporary contexts have realised their vision through processes of collaboration and exchange, and will examine ways in which making sculpture has changed, particularly in light of the recent coronavirus pandemic.

This Research Season is organised in collaboration with Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre and the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield.

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