Ciara Phillips is an artist living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. Working predominantly with printmaking, Phillips’ practice is both expansive and experimental. Transforming galleries and exhibition spaces into a functional studio and printing workshop, Phillips often invites individual artists, designers and different community groups to participate in her projects through the act of making art together. Influenced by the historical uses of the print and printmaking in political and social activism, as well as the often collaborative physical process of production, Phillips examines the capacity of printmaking to unite people in the pursuit of a purpose or idea. Referencing the work of artists’ collectives such as See Red Women’s Workshop and Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective, Phillips’ practice is also informed by the pedagogical methods of Corita Kent (1918–86), an American artist and educator.
Ciara Phillips (born 1976 in Ottawa, Canada) has a BFA in Fine Art from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and an MFA from The Glasgow School of Art (2004). Recent solo exhibitions have been staged at Tag Team Studio and Trykkeriet, Bergen (2018); V&A Museum, Dundee (2018); Benaki Museum, Athens (2017); Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston (2016); Western Front, Vancouver (2016); CCA Derry-Londonderry (2016); Konsthall C, Stockholm (2015); and Bergen Kunsthall (2014). Group exhibitions include: 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018); British Art Show 8 in Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton (2015-17); Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (2014); ThereWill Be New Rules Next Week, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2013); Pull Everything Out (with Corita Kent), Spike Island, Bristol (2012); Who Decides?, Stadtgalerie Mannheim (2012); Zwishenraum: Space Between, Kunstverein Hamburg (2010). Phillips has been artist-in-residence at Queen's University, Kingston; Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, California; St. John's College, Oxford; Drawing Room, London and Spike Island, Bristol. In 2014 she was nominated for the Turner Prize for an exhibition titled Workshop (2010 – ongoing) at The Showroom, London.
The exhibition is supported by Fritt Ord.
Photos: Erik Sæther Jørgensen.