Glasgow International 2020

Ciara Phillips

Ciara Phillips (b.1976 in Ottawa, Canada)  lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Ciara Phillips is a Canadian/Irish artist whose works have been exhibited widely in the UK and Europe and also in North America and Asia.

Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at: Benaki Museum, Athens (2017); Western Front, Vancouver (2016); CCA Derry-Londonderry (2016); Konsthall C, Stockholm (2015); Bergen Kunsthall (2014); The Showroom, London (2013) and Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2013).

She has been in numerous groups exhibitions and surveys including: British Art Show 8; Turner Prize 2014, Tate Britain; I was a double, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs; Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Function/Dysfunction: Contemporary Art from Glasgow, Neues Museum Nürnberg and Zwischenraum/Space Between at Hamburg Kunstverein. Phillips has been artist-in-residence at: Headlands Centre for the Arts, Sausalito, California (2016); Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada (2016) and at St. John’s College, Oxford (2014).

In 2018 Phillips is presenting new work in the 21st Bienniale of Sydney.

Phillips uses printmaking and other forms of making – photography and textiles – as a way to instigate discussion around current social and political concerns. Her artworks combine the bold graphic language of printed forms of public address (such as informational posters and billboards) with more intimate visual imagery including photographs of her friends at work, and objects that surround her.  Phillips often creates context-specific installations that foreground exhibition spaces as places for collaborative thinking and working.

In her ongoing project Workshop (2010 – ) she transforms galleries into spaces of simultaneous production and display which she invites others (artists, designers, community groups, children) to collaborate with her in making new artworks.  The most recent iteration of Workshop took place at the Benaki Museum in Athens where she invited local artists and photographers to explore the Museum’s Photographic Archive and to share their personal archives with her.  In Vancouver last year she set up Workshop as a printshop for kids only.  The circumstances and attitudes of each site of exhibition go some way to determining the content of each project, but Phillips’ main intention remains the same – to invite others into a process of sharing the things that matter to them and to actively work together to develop and voice thoughts through art.

Ciara Phillips

Show Me Your Glow


Glasgow Print Studio (GPS) presents a print installation by longterm studio member and recent Turner Prize nominee Ciara Phillips.

Phillips’ practice, which addresses issues around women’s representation and self-actualisation, takes an experimental and process focussed approach to printmaking. Working primarily in the medium of screenprint, her artworks combine text, photography and abstract forms to create work with a strong aesthetic and conceptual voice.

For this exhibition Phillips works with GPS Master Printers Scott Campbell and Ian McNicol to produce screenprints, etching and monoprints.

Supported by Glasgow International, John Purcell and Canada House.

Fri 20 April – Sun 3 June
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun, 10am-6pm
Thu, 10am-8pm

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