About Heather Phillipson
Born in Haringey in North London in 1978, Heather Phillipson is a British artist known for her audacious works across digital media, installation, music, poetry, sculpture, and video, which she describes as “quantum thought experiments.” They often carry an underlying sense of threat—a suggestion that, in the artist’s words, “received ideas, images, and the systems that underpin them may be on the verge of collapse.” She studied art and design at Pembrokeshire College in Wales. During that time she took a keen interest in dance and electronic music, which later informed her practice as a DJ. Phillipson was active in the UK rave and free party scene in the late 1990s, which influenced the rhythmic and tonal structures of her work. It often involves the collision of wildly different imagery, materials, and media.
Phillipson was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2022. Recent projects include a new commission for Art Night 2023 in partnership with Art Fund’s Wild Escape program and the BBC archive; Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries commission (2021–22); the Fourth Plinth commission, Trafalgar Square (2020–22); and a major project for Art on the Underground’s flagship site at Gloucester Road station in 2018. Phillipson is also an acclaimed filmmaker who received the Film London Jarman Award in 2016 and was selected for the European Short Film Festival at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018. In 2024, Phillipson will present a new commission for the Imperial War Museum’s 14–18 Now Legacy Fund in partnership with Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea; a major solo show at Kunsthalle St. Annen in Lübeck, Germany; and a new permanent sculpture with Hospital Rooms for Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich. Phillipson’s works are held in many public collections including Tate, the Arts Council Collection, and Castello di Rivoli, Turin. She is also an award-winning poet. Phillipson lives and works in London.
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